Comments on: Plugging into the Puzzle PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rob Williams Tue, 14 May 2013 03:09:00 +0000 I’d like to assume that if the auth servers went down, the program would just work until it was back up. The program would be able to tell if the Internet was just disabled or something vs. the auth server being unreachable. It’d probably also be able to monitor the hosts file to make sure someone isn’t deliberately messing with things.

By: Jamie Fletcher Sun, 12 May 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Not to mention, WHEN (not if) the authentication server goes down. Think of all those business accounts that won’t be able to do any work, in often a time-crtical industry. What about the software loaded up on a laptop, then taken around to a client to confirm details on a project – they will suddenly need internet access.

Oh well, it’ll get cracked like everything else and the only ones to suffer will be legitimate users.

By: Rob Williams Sun, 12 May 2013 02:51:00 +0000 “The advantages advertised by both companies amount to very little outside wallet concerns.”

That’s just it. From a consumer perspective, I might not mind this if I am bleeding cash, but I sure as heck don’t want to add a $50/mo subscription to the list of every other bill I need to take care of each month. I prefer to buy the software out-right and never have to worry about it again.

By: Marfig Sat, 11 May 2013 01:53:00 +0000 I predict a move towards SaaS followed by a quick withdrawal. It’s quite inevitable in my mind that while the Creative Cloud line of products may go on, Adobe will be forced to recover its Creative Suite from the ashes.

The one key thing to keep in mind is that, for the most part, SaaS is being offered by both Microsoft and Adobe without user request. There actually isn’t a clear consumer need for this type of offering concerning both flagship products (Office and Creative Suite). The advantages advertised by both companies amount to very little outside wallet concerns. The move to SaaS is based almost entirely on a desire from both companies of keeping piracy at bay. That is, SaaS benefits the product maker more than the consumer.

Both products largest consumer base exists in the business market, not the home user market. Companies are traditionally resistant to licensing schemes that force them into monthly or yearly payments. While they will eventually adopt these schemes if forced by their “supplier”, they will now have to guarantee their IT department does their job and the usual disconnects from the internet don’t happen anymore, they will have to guarantee their ISPs behave and they will have to guarantee high quality broadband connections. For small to mid-size companies hosting their businesses in areas outside large urban centers, for companies with weak IT teams, for companies in countries with low quality connections and ISPs, SaaS is a problem.

SaaS is not a solution today. It’s a business scheme ahead of its time that requires a more mature global internet service to finally become a viable option to both companies and home users. It’s being offered solely on false premises. Not to as an actual benefit to the consumer (boxed sets are still the most reliable business model to the consumer), but as a benefit for the manufacturer.

As the market has been answering Microsoft, it will Adobe. And the latter will soon realize the Creative Suite is still a requirement for their costumer base. Have very little doubts about this.

By: Rob Williams Fri, 10 May 2013 18:26:00 +0000 Great write-up, Brett. I admit a lot of these things didn’t occur to me until I read this. I do wonder if Adobe is going to be working towards making some of these arguments redundant though. With a “streaming” sort of app roll-out, I guess the company really doesn’t need to announce in advance which features are coming (even before, there was only a couple of months notice), but maybe realizing the side-effects of its moving to the cloud, it will conjure up some other solution.

It could work out well for Adobe if the company happened to get into a routine where it announced what’s in its roadmaps. That’d bode well for plugin developers, and it’s also help entice people to stay subscribed (because they know what’s coming… although it’s unlikely they’d unsubscribe if they actually need the tool).

With this move, CS6 becomes the final boxed version of the suite, so I asked Adobe if those licenses would exist forever, even after “upgrading” to the CC, and I was told yes. So if someone doesn’t like CC, or wants to use an older plugin, they could stick with their CS for that and then use CC for everything else .