Adobe is Resetting Free Trials for Creative Cloud, Try It for Another 30 Days Free


According to Lifehacker, Adobe is currently sending out emails to notify users that they are resetting everybody’s Creative Cloud 30-day free trial. If you’ve not given the newest versions of the software a chance and you’re not one of the people who is dead set against it, now is a great time to see if what you’re missing is worth jumping into the subscription model.

For now all we have is this email linked to by Lifehacker, so we’re still not sure who all the news affects or when exactly you can update CC and get another 30 days, but it does seem to be legit as it comes straight from Adobe’s website.

Oh, and if you like what you try out, keep in mind that Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program — you know, that bundle where you get Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC and several other goodies for only $10/month if you sign up for a year — is still alive and kicking for US users regardless of previous product ownership.

  • Wandering Pixie

    Seems to me Adobe is having trouble persuading folks to switch to the subscription model, hence dangling the carrot of an extra 30 day free trial.

    I see the advantage of the subscription system for some folks, but IMO, they screwed up big-time when they launched CC. The concept of “we’ll take your money every month, but when you stop paying, you no longer get to access your files,” is a major turn-off.

    They would have been better to have the subscription price count towards an eventual purchase of the software in question. For example: standard Creative Cloud membership is $50/month. Buying the CS6 Design Standard package outright is $1300. After 26 months, the subscription fee covers the cost of a CS Design Standard package and the customer gets their own copy of the software to keep (albeit at the latest version available at the time, whether CS6, 7 or 8).

    A win-win scenario: Adobe gets their money, a happy customer can continue using their own files, plus the subscription/pay-off model would be far more attractive to casual/small business users than shelling out up to over two and a half grand in one hit.

  • Renato Murakami

    I know it’s not helpful for lots of people, but I’ll just leave the link here anyways for those who might be interested:

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Actually, it’s been hugely successful. Which is why they are continuing to promote it.

    And you never lose access to your files, so don’t make up silly stories.

  • Carl Meyer

    Then there’s no need to extend a limited time offer again and again, nor make an offer specially made for photographers available to everyone and much less to extend a 30 day free trail.

    A file converter for those less knowledgeable users that don’t save their files in non proprietary formats is also silly.

  • David Vaughn

    I think the issue with that scenario is that there would be too many people who would “subscribe” for something like 3 months for a specific project, and then they’d quit. And then the people who stick with it would eventually stop paying for it anyways since they would pay off the software after a certain amount of time.

    It seems like the forever subscribed model would be more lucrative over time, because there will always be big creative firms who shell out the money to keep it going, even if the everyday individual hates it.

  • Jack B. Siegel

    Some photographers are myopic about the new Adobe model. Certainly the stock market likes what Adobe has done. The stock price was $38 per share one year ago. Today it is $67 (on Monday it was $69).

    But the new model also makes sense for a lot of other users of Adobe products, like large graphic design shops, media companies, web design companies, among others. If you have 50 people using a portfolio of Adobe products, you don’t have to worry about seat licensing for each of the 20 or 30 products that might get used in your shop. Everybody can use it. You also have easy and continuous upgrades. From an employee’s standpoint, this is also great. Those with initiative can learn a new program without having to ask the boss to spend $300 or $400 for a license.

    As for photographers–once again we see some pettiness here. I did the calculation. It is a slight price increase IF you only used Photoshop and we assume a two-year upgrade cycle. However, the other features, including online storage and Lightroom, probably negate the price increase. More importantly, when new features are available, we get them immediately.

    Outright ownership is greatly overrated. I had to own WordPerfect in 1989 or thereabouts. If I recall, it cost around $400, which was a lot of money 25 years ago. Today, I don’t know where my floppy disks are and I don’t even know if WordPerfect is still in business.

    For a group who numbers many people who buy $3,000 cameras and $2,500 lenses, and new bags, strobes, and everything else imaginable, $120 a year is trivial.

  • tttulio

    This business model makes perfect sense, to Adobe.
    “Hugely successful” is a joke, it reminds me of those shops that are always on sale.

  • inverted

    They should reset these 30-day trials every month ;)

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    I am running the Stand-Alone Version, problem solved. No subscription to worry about.

  • Praveen Sawh

    lol yes

  • imajez

    Very amusing.