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Yes, there is an educational version that's much cheaper. I was an early adopter and locked in an educational rate of $21.59 per month. I don't recall how long that price is good for or if that deal is still available.

I had to upgrade my own computer to the Creative Cloud because my students demand that I teach them the latest version and all of the labs at RIT are running CC. For my own work, however, I would have preferred to stick with Illustrator CS6. My biggest client has not yet upgraded to CC so I have to save files backwards to an earlier version. I was very frustrated to learn that saving backwards from Illustrator CC to CS5 or CS6 makes some nasty changes to the artwork, such as expanding pattern brushes so they are no longer editable. I also can't stand the new Path Segment Reshaping option. They claim that's it's "more direct and intuitive". Bullshit. It's frustrating and totally screws up my usual workflow.

Jim



On 4/28/14 4:20 PM, "Sara Jarret" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Hi list!

I haven't upgraded to the cloud version yet myself, but I do believe there is a discounted rate for students, teachers and institutions for $29.99/month. I think you can also lock in $299 for a full year (if you sign up for two years).

Hope that makes the decision easier for some!

Best,

Sara

On Apr 28, 2014, at 1:12 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

yes I should get a kickback from Adobe, haha.  If I had the educator's discount I would go the download route, I think.

Gail



On 4/28/14 12:52 PM, Gretchen Halpert wrote:
Gail,
You're a such a good salesperson, I now wonder if I should have gone with subscription, particularly to switch my website from iWeb to Muse. But I bought CS6 last year with an educator's discount. Price was right and no monthly fee. Marj, if you can get an ed discount for just the programs you use, I'd go with CS6. If not, I'd go with the Cloud.

Gretchen

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On Apr 28, 2014, at 12:39 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

I'll agree with Emily. They just increased the total costs too, so the monthly went up quite a bit. Despite that, I do like the fact that the upgrades are automatic, and the fact that you have access to EVERY program and feature they offer, not just the main programs. I didn't think that would be a big deal, but I discovered Muse, which is like iWeb on steroids, and I use it to put my website together (no coding, interface much like InDesign); it saved me from blowing my mind on Dreamweaver, which i do not have the time or patience for. I've used Adobe Forms Central, too. You have access to all their web fonts, all the support, and Behance, which I haven't used but looks intriguing. You can host your Muse website through them for free. There are other availabilities too.

To some extent, it's more than I need, usually, but having all of that available is a nice perk. Who knows? I might need other programs in the future. They keep adding and enhancing what they offer as well.

Gail




On 4/28/14 12:20 PM, Emily S. Damstra wrote:
Marj, in my humble opinion, having to use subscription-based software (i.e. Creative Cloud) is inevitable. You could postpone it for a little while if you like, but I'm presuming that eventually a subscription will be the only option. I think software by monthly subscription is actually a great idea because I don't like to pay for upgrades which mean that I skip versions which leads to a steeper learning curve when I finally do upgrade. It's the amount of Adobe's monthly fee that I find frustrating.

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On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM, Marjorie Leggitt <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
I know this discussion has been on the List-Serv before, but now with CC out for some time and CS6 now 2 years old, I thought I’d pose the question again. Is it a good idea to purchase Creative Suite 6 (now, 2 years old) or jump to the Cloud?

I only use Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop and idea of one more monthly fee is really frustrating.

All comments/opinions are welcome.

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