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Adobe Creative Suite Family – Radical Change to Upgrade Policy


Have you been paying close attention to Adobe’s CS upgrade policy? Not me..not until spotting a forum thread at Hummie’s World about the release of CS 6 mid-2012.

Headed over to Adobe’s site for current information so I could add my two cents to the thread.

It came as a bit of a shock to see how much Adobe has changed their upgrade options:

Adobe currently offers upgrade paths to CS5 and CS5.5 for customers who are coming from versions of Creative Suite going back to CS2.

Adobe’s new Creative Suite upgrade policy, which goes into effect in the first half of 2012 when Adobe Creative Cloud™ and Creative Suite 6 are released, will require customers to be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released.

To ensure customers have the opportunity to evaluate both Creative Cloud and CS6, Adobe will extend an introductory offer to CS3 and CS4 customers for special upgrade pricing on CS6 until December 31, 2012. This will give CS3 and CS4 customers an upgrade path to CS6 or the option of moving to Creative Cloud (which will include all of the CS6 products, creative services, Adobe Touch Apps, and more). Customers who remain on CS2 or earlier will not be eligible for upgrade pricing for CS6 but will be able to move to a Creative Cloud membership.

Creative Cloud membership starts at $49.99 a month for a one-year subscription.

For complete information, see Adobe’s FAQ page – under  Upgrade eligibility, pricing, and purchasing options or use the Jump link at the top of the page (2nd column, 1st item)

There are other subscription plans available starting at $35 per month (price for Photoshop not the entire Creative Suite).

Scott Kelby, President of The National Association of Photoshop Professionals wrote an interesting letter on his site entitled “An Open Letter to Adobe Systems”.

“Adobe relents, announce CS6 upgrade offer for CS3/CS4 owners” – another interesting article by Christian Zibreg at 9 to 5 Mac

“Adobe CS5.5 – What’s New and Upgraded for Each Major Product” – ProDesignTool.com

Breaking News article from ProDesignTool.com

“Adobe Sets Grace Period for CS6:

Buy CS5 Now and Get Free Upgrade”


After seeing the upgrade path about to disappear for Creative Suite; I upgraded to CS 5.5 Design Premium. Now I’m wondering if I bought too soon…(see breaking news article link above) customer’s purchasing now can upgrade to CS 6 at no extra cost. Hopefully, that will be true of anyone buying CS5.5 very recently. Had no luck finding out through Adobe’s Customer Service live chat. The representative did not know the answer and referred me to the sales department. I’ve submitted a post-announce upgrade request. Keeping my fingers crossed!

What do you think about Adobe’s policy change?

Are you making plans to upgrade or will you move to a membership/subscription plan?


More about CS 6  beta…

CS6 is currently available for several weeks of free public beta testing through adobe labs

DekeMcClelland’s  take on Photoshop CS6 beta

Russell Brown’s 6 Favorite Photoshop CS6 beta Features


If you want an alternative to Adobe Photoshop for editing and enhancing photos, check out Onone Software Perfect Effects. The price for Perfect Effects is around the same as Photoshop Elements and unlike Photoshop; future upgrades are free!

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