Adobe, like Microsoft, is moving to a subscription model.

Adobe Systems’ May 6 press release announced that they are killing their popular Creative Suite and replacing it with the subscription-based $50 to $70 per month Creative Cloud. A bean counter at Adobe must have calculated that they can quadruple their annual revenue if they discontinue selling their market-leading Photoshop image editing application, part of Creative Suite, and instead charge a monthly rental fee. Microsoft is moving toward the same subscription model.

I’d like it, too. It guarantees an annuity. It’s gotta be a financial controller’s dream: more or less predictable revenue makes cash flow predictions easy. There’s just one problem: user backlash. After all, there are good Photoshop alternatives.

I don’t use Photoshop; I use the open-source GIMP image editor. Its user interface differs from Photoshop, but there’s a plugin that makes GIMP behave like Photoshop. For simple image cropping, resizing, and single-layer effects I use Irfanview. I don’t use Microsoft Office, either; I use the open-source OpenOffice.

Here’s my Photoshop alternatives article.

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