Thank you so much Ron! Your perspective is very helpful. It does stink to spend money but I totally get having to keep current to be able to get more work. I suppose some of this can be a write-off.

Thanks again,

On Sep 21, 2018, at 10:57 PM, Ron Ruff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I used Photoshop 4.0 for many years. I think got it "free" on a CD that came with an $18.00 magazine. Then, about 10 years ago, I was getting enough freelance animation work that I spent the $1600 on Adobe CS5.5. Ouch! So, I had planned to stay at that level forever. But a year ago, I got a few projects in the same month with Illustrator art that wouldn't open in my old version. To continue getting/completing billable projects, I had to keep current with the tools of my trade... Just a cost of doing business. Your accountant can help you with that. Mine actually laughed at me when I was complaining about how bad it sucked to pay $49.00 a month on Adobe software...

Side note: My brother-in-law is a house re-modeler. He is always buying new tools and blades and stuff. If I spend $1200/yr on various softwares and $1000/yr on hardware, he probably spends $20K + on his stuff. Plus he had to buy a $80K truck, and $10K trailer to haul all his stuff around the county.

Do I hate spending the money? Yes. But in any freelance trade, or small business, you are going to have expenses related to your craft.

Bottom line... If this is your hobby, probably stay put, and beg off of friends to open the occasional modern file that might come your way. But if it is your profession, and your deadline is "I need this done by 5:00 today, can you do this or not?, because I have other people that can", well, I decided to keep current in my software.

Anyway, that's just my view from where I am right now. Your results might vary.

Ron Ruff
The TALLER Twin 3D Labs

On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 8:44 PM Michael Rothman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I went through a similar experience with my licensed copy of Photoshop CS6 when I erased my hard drive and then reinstalled MacOS High Sierra.  I couldn’t get any access to RAW files from my Nikon D3400 camera once the MacOs update was installed.  However, because I have a registered copy of CS6, I was able to join the Adobe Creative Cloud, in contrast to subscribing to a monthly rental agreement for the current version of Photoshop.   Once I joined the Creative Cloud, I had access to the ”patch” that Adobe offered to owners of Licensed copies of CS6 which allowed the program to open and process RAW files.  All other functions remained activated, so my issue was just with being able to process RAW files.   However, you experience might be parallel and there might be “patches” for your licensed copy of Illustrator that will allow it to function on your new MacBook.   The Adobe Creative Cloud is free and is distinguishable from the formal paid subscription you are contemplating.  You might try experimenting with joining that Adobe forum.  Of course, by joining, I have been sent periodic “tips” from Adobe about using the online version, but they’re mostly just more  unwanted solicitations, which I delete as necessary.   Most of the stuff I do in Photoshop can be accomplished with my five or so year old copy and I hope to avoid buying an unnecessary subscription.

I hope this helps.   Perhaps other GNSI members will have some info.

Mike Rothman

On Sep 21, 2018, at 8:56 PM, Tricia Cassady <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi All,

I think I am going to bite the bullet and get a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. I am embarrassed to say how old my Adobe Suite is but let’s just say it is pretty old and now that I just upgraded my MacBook I can’t get Illustrator to work - it just freezes. :( 

Please share your experiences with the subscription - I want likes, dislikes, cost per month etc…

Thanks ahead of time!

Tricia Cassady
The Art & Nature Studio

(I also need to update my website) 



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