Adobe made an interesting announcement yesterday. Their Creative Suite is no more. You read that right, there will be no more versions of the Creative Suite. Going forward, all new versions of TPFKACS (the products formerly known as Creative Suite) will be known as Creative Cloud (with no version number?).
I can’t say I’m a big fan of the death of boxed products like this. As a paying customer, I fear that using the software will simply get more expensive because now I have to pay every single month. But the market has spoken and obviously Adobe feels this is the best route forward for them. Of course this is probably a route that will be taken by many software companies going forward.
While I think of how this effects me as the user of software, it raises many more questions from someone who creates training and other content. If I were to create a tutorial on software without a defined version, how do users of the software know if the tutorial applies to them? One thing that is pretty obvious to me is that it could be darned near impossible to write the all-inclusive book on software that is constantly changing. By the time you finish the book, the software will have gone through numerous changes. Replace the word book with training videos and the problem is the same.
Will the file formats also change over time? If I were to create artwork in a specific file format, how do we designate a version so users know if they can open the file? All of these questions just make me feel like an old curmudgeon who is not the least bit excited about this “progress.” I’m sure we’ll all adjust over time. Of course this also could open the door for a competitor who doesn’t force customers into a subscription.
What do you think of software moving to subscriptions? Will you pay monthly or annually for the software you use or will you find an alternative with a fixed price? Answer this one question in the poll on our Facebook page. How does someone document software without a version? Post a comment and share your thoughts on this.