In times where money is in short supply and everyone is looking to cut down on how much money they put out, Adobe have announced that they are releasing their most popular software as "subscription" based, meaning you can now access their software on a monthly basis, rather than pay out the full cost of the software in one go. Microsoft did a similar cloud-based/subscription model with Office 365 and Adobe say customers can access individual software titles from £18 if they agree to sign up for a full year (in other words, the cheapest title you can access from Adobe will cost you £216 per year, over five years you would have paid £1080 for it).
Paying for software, as such, isn't something those of us within the freeware world are used to, but it could be somewhat appealing to those who would otherwise be unable to purchase a well known, commercial title.
Thing is, for me, I don't really "get it" as such, because products like Adobe Photoshop, etc, are pretty much highly technical and would, presumably, attract professionals and not the average photo tinkerer, so I'm wondering would someone who performs the odd touch up or applies the odd effect to photo's pay a monthly subscription for the likes of Photoshop, especially when fantastic alternatives like The Gimp exist?. I almost doubt it if I'm honest, so then I consider have Adobe called the bluff of the many thousands of professional's who use and rely on their software to continue using it and start paying a monthly fee indefinitely?. Only time will tell if this works for them or not!!.
So, the question ladies and gentlemen is simply, could subscription based software work for the commercial sector?