This has become a buzzword — “Software as Service” — that often shows up as SaS in the acronyms. I lived through — and left behind — this model in the last year. After 10 months of Adobe creative Cloud — even at the low introductory educational subscription rate — I realized that it wouldn’t be long before I had paid as much for a subscription as I had for the disks holding CS5. but the moment I stopped paying, I would have nothing.
Adobe is not negotiating: beyond the last version of CS there will be no upgrades for software buyers, only for software renters.
Right now, I a, in the process of learning to work with the suite of products from Corel. They are different and less well-known. They seem solid and well able to meet my needs. The entire suite, at the educational price, was much less than Creative Cloud.
The final kicker was having to pay 50% of the remaining portion of my rental “commitment” to Adobe.