The newly released Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 has a smattering of new features, including boosted support for mobile devices and HTML5. But buried in the announcement is a new pricing model that is akin to a siren’s song: enticing, but best avoided.The suite — as well as its individual components — can be had via a typical software license or a monthly subscription. Although the monthly subscription may look like a good deal, some quick calculations show otherwise.Take Photoshop, for example. The most popular part of Creative Suite, it costs $699 as a regular license purchase. That seems like an expensive piece of software, especially next to the $35-per-month subscription price. So why plunk down $700 when you could just kick Adobe a modest $35 each month? Well, if you plan on using the software for two or more years (and who doesn’t?), the $699 license is the cheaper option.At $35 per month, subscription pricing costs $420 a year; for the first year of use, the license is more expensive than 12 months of subscription use. However, after two years, subscription users will have paid $840, whereas license users will still have paid $699. And on it goes — $1,260… Read full this story
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