Looks like this is now official, Creative Suite will no longer be getting any updates beyond bug fixes.
Adobe also announced that the company will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward. While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community.
I had hoped that they would be keeping boxed versions around because I’m not sure if every government agency and educational institution is going to be able to hop on the software as a service bandwagon, but unless they’re hiding something, it looks like that isn’t happening.
I’ve seen several articles that run the numbers and say that CC ends up being cheaper in the long run, but they all use the full retail cost of the Suites and seem to forget that the upgrade costs are significantly cheaper. For Master Collection, sure it’s $2,599 to get the full version, but the upgrade from CS5 was only $1,049.
And make no mistake, we’re clearly looking at a “cooking the frog” scenario. Rates may look somewhat affordable now ($50/month or $600/year), especially compared to boxed costs, but a couple of years from now when everyone who is on CS6 starts switching, don’t be surprised if they start jacking up the price slowly every year.