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Adobe Will Only Offer Photoshop CS6 Upgrade Price to CS5 Owners

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade Photoshop CS3 or CS4 to CS6 when it’s released sometime next year, here’s some bad news: the upgrade price won’t apply to you. Starting with CS6, Adobe will be enforcing a new upgrade policy:

[...] we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6.

The existing policy is that customers with software from three versions back quality for upgrade pricing. For example, owners of CS2, CS3, and CS4 and upgrade to CS5. Buying the full version of Photoshop CS5 right now costs nearly $500, while the upgrade is only priced at ~$150.

(via Adobe via PhotoWalkthrough)


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  • 101brokenthings

    typical example of corporate greed and loss of contact with its real customer base.photo shop will eventually price itself out of the market from the bottom up.people like me at the low end will not upgrade for many years if at all. adobe will be left with corporations and pros forced to use photo shop because the cant afford retraining time. as the comparative price increases the pro’s will start to bite the bullet and look else where forcing adobe to increase the price even more.and so on and so on…….even the vast money grabbing giant that is microsoft realises that people dont have limitless ammounts of money and they do have a total monopoly on the market.
    sadly we live in a world ruled by accountants who are all slaves to the same thinking IF I AM NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY SELLING MY PRODUCT I MUST INCREASE THE PRICE.
    Note these are the same people who add up all the pirated copies of their software and mutiply that by the retail price and come up with  how much they have lost to piracy.
    suitable profit is fine but abject greed will bring them to tipping point eventually.

    sell it for £50;00 a pop and the world and his mate will buy it just because they can.

  • 101brokenthings

    typical example of corporate greed and loss of contact with its real customer base.photo shop will eventually price itself out of the market from the bottom up.people like me at the low end will not upgrade for many years if at all. adobe will be left with corporations and pros forced to use photo shop because the cant afford retraining time. as the comparative price increases the pro’s will start to bite the bullet and look else where forcing adobe to increase the price even more.and so on and so on…….even the vast money grabbing giant that is microsoft realises that people dont have limitless ammounts of money and they do have a total monopoly on the market.
    sadly we live in a world ruled by accountants who are all slaves to the same thinking IF I AM NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY SELLING MY PRODUCT I MUST INCREASE THE PRICE.
    Note these are the same people who add up all the pirated copies of their software and mutiply that by the retail price and come up with  how much they have lost to piracy.
    suitable profit is fine but abject greed will bring them to tipping point eventually.

    sell it for £50;00 a pop and the world and his mate will buy it just because they can.

  • 101brokenthings

    Sorry for the double entry by the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dinoguy01

    They are gonna fail anyways. Photoshop is the most highest pirated software because of their greedy prices. Who the hell needs to pay that price? If they made it much cheaper, they could make a hella profit!

  • anonymous

    ummm correction Microsoft and Office software.. +1 for me

  • Mn293

    Adobe has decided that they will offer CS3 and CS4 owners the upgrade price for CS6 from the date of release to dec 31st 2012. http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq/upgrade-policy.edu.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.huntsman Rick Huntsman

    it is greed…due to their new cloud program…investors will realize huge profits from the cloud and they will need to find ways to either encourage regular upgrades or make old clients pay again for the full product.

  • Paul Freedman

    I am a hobbyist who has had photoshop CS5 for a little over a year.  It is the first version I have owned so I have not had to upgrade in the past.  I am a business owner and I do know that niche software which caters to a particular vertical market is always far more expensive then  consumer software. 

    Elements is a consumer product for Photography much as Quicken is a consumer product for finance management.  Both these products offer no upgrade pricing and force the buyer to buy the new version at full price if they elect to upgrade.   There is also academic pricing you can get if you take some photography classes at your community college. 

    I do not see where a professional photographer can complain about paying $1000 or so for upgrading a piece of software that is essential to his or her livelihood.  Tax preparers spend far more than that every year to ensure that their software keeps up with tax codes.    I pay an annual maintenance contract well in excess of $2000 per year just to get technical support and upgrades on the cad software used by my engineering department.

    So I am not sure where all the angst is coming from on the part of professional photographers who will spend tens of thousands per year on the latest lenses, cameras, lighting,   tripods,  cases, filters etc and yet grouse about a $1000 upgrade to what is probably the one item that is used to some extent on every photo that they wind up making money on.

  • Lol

    LOL, there’s a CS6 upgrade that costs $1000 on Amazon. Talk about greed. Adobe are thieves and crooks. Don’t buy these softwares people, you will be seeing that $500-$1K down the drain and you will regret it. Just wait for the price to drop to below $200 and buy it. Or you can do the easy route: PIRATE PIRATE PIRATE! Of course just watch out for those viruses, malwares and stuff when you pirate. Have fun!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/tags-on-product/B007USG4W8/ref=tag_dpp_cust_edpp_sa 

  • http://www.facebook.com/krissi.loew Krissi Loew

    I’m pretty sure they would have a lot more sells at $100 or $200. I for one would jump on it! As of now it’s not happening, crazy prices.

  • Gary Blanchette

    It’s funny what a year can bring. Everyone then though Adobe’s plan sucked. Now look at Creative Cloud, hahaha!

  • Jeff

    Creative Cloud? Does anyone really think this is a great deal? Now you don’t even own the software, you’re just renting it!

  • lasdfj;laskdj

    That’s a goddamn ripoff. Good thing I don’t bother buying their software…