|The different versions of Adobe software.|
I believe Adobe makes great software and although it may be well worth the monthly fee, I have a problem with not being able to license a version and stick with that version until I, as a user, decide it's time to upgrade.
Has Adobe considered that a Creative Cloud user must not only consider what it costs to maintain the current version of software, but the costs of the supported hardware changes as well? The same problem isn't the case when licensing a single version of software.
If a user buys a computer and then has to subscribe to Creative Cloud, rather than being able to license a single version, that user will be out of luck when Adobe decides that the current version of their Creative Cloud software will no longer support computer hardware that is considered out of date.
There will no longer be any access to documents created in a product that has been end-of-lifed by Adobe, if the only access to the application was the Creative Cloud subscription.
Then again, how about archived documents? I have a number of projects that were created in early versions of After Effects, when I try and open them in the current software, I get a message that says they can't be opened in the current software. I have to open them in a version that falls in between the current version and the version that the project was originally created in. This updates the project to a version that can be read by the current version of software. What happens generations down the line when using software that is available for subscription only? Will there be any way to convert old versions of projects to the current software?
I think the best solution is for Adobe to offer the subscription model in addition to the license model rather than instead of the license model.