CS3 subscription model announced

Matthew JC. Powell
1 May, 2008
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Adobe has just announced a new way for customers to use its Creative Suite 3 Design Premium applications — by subscription. If you occasionally need to use Photoshop or InDesign but can’t justify the hefty pricetag all in one go, Adobe will very soon offer the option of "subscribing" to the software on a monthly basis. At launch, the service will be available only in Australia, but is expected to spread to other countries before too long. Creative Suite 3 Design Premium includes InDesign, Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver and Acrobat, as well as Bridge, Version Cue and a few miscellaneous other apps.

Two pricing structures were announced: for users who sign on to a 12-month contract for Creative Suite 3 Design Premium pay $129 per month; users who want to use the software on a "pay as you go" basis will pay $199 per month. Given the $3120 recommended retail price for owning the suite outright, this new model should make it a great deal easier for people who only need the applications occasionally to obtain them. Subscribers are also entitled to free updates as they are released, just like full owners of the products.

An Adobe spokesperson said that Australia was the first market for this pricing model because as a "nation of early adopters" Australia makes a good "test bed".

The subscription version of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium should be on sale next week as a boxed product.

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