Indecent Exposure wrote in post #15903986
I wonder if this is a reaction to the latest versions of Photoshop being incremental upgrades and thus having lower upgrade numbers. If people can't be convinced to upgrade to take advantage of content-aware improvements, take that out of the equation and require EVERYONE to upgrade. I'd put money on CS8 being even moreso marginal in features added, simply because wow-pow features are no longer needed to compel a purchase.
I'm not convinced this will combat piracy like many are claiming. This seems just a crackable as any other form of DRM. This isn't like SimCity, with its persistant world housed on a remote server, this is little more than a license check - license check systems can be, and currently are, being fooled.
EDIT: Woos types much faster than me.
Hahaha, typing really fast may be the one thing I'm good at. The one useful thing I got out of all those years of Everquest in the early 2000's! Well, that and a large weird vocabulary, right?
And I think even SimCity can be cracked to run offline, there was some hooplah about it a while back. Though I'm not sure, I don't play SimCity. But supposedly all the stuff in the world is (or can be) calculated locally. I buy my games (Crysis 3 was the last thing I bought that was really worth the money). Gotta say though, if I had bought SimCity I'd have no qualms about applying a crack that let me play off line and not be annoyed w/the always on requirements.
Adobe does good work but the problem is that in the raw processing realm, there is a lot of good choices right now. And CS4/5/6 are all so similar that unless you are using some of the new features, there simply doesn't seem to be a lot that'd compel someone to upgrade. People talk about businesses being the target market. I just don't see that. I work at a small business and shoot, we still use Windows XP (and we are in a business related to photo).
If you are going to hafta change to keep using Camera Raw, at that point it's not such a stretch to just change to something else entirely and just stick w/your version of Photoshop that you are using. People that think that Adobe will back down though, I don't think they will. At least not for a while. All it will do is increase piracy. The big thing people are missing as well is that you can't wait for a special and purchase it, any longer. Or buy a used copy off of e-bay from someone who just decided all they wanted was Elements or Lightroom. Or buy a super super cheap copy of CS4 or CS5 (or a used copy of CS5 or whatnot). This will put a stop to any of that. This removes all the cheap ways to get a legal copy. And it removes your ability to sell it later if you switch to using diff software.
Maybe they'll do something like make certain features run on the server and then claim "they are too computationally intensive for your local PC" to justify a monthly fee? That'd be a good ploy for a tablet version, anyway.