Adobe Creative Suite: Long-term plans?
October 17, 2013 8:46 AM Subscribe
So, Adobe has abandoned retail versions of Creative Suite (and its component apps) in favor of Creative Cloud.
This terrifies me.
posted by xedrik to computers & internet (17 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've disabled auto-updates on all of our Adobe stuff, because it seems every time Adobe software tries to update itself (Acrobat Pro in particular), it breaks itself. This happens with our Win7 Pro 64-bit, and our Mountain Lion-based desktops. At least with the retail version of CS6, I have the option of disabling updates. With a Creative Cloud membership, it is my understanding that the apps will auto-update themselves. Is there still a way to disable the updates in Creative Cloud? Given our experience with CS6 and Acrobat, I just don't trust Adobe to not break things with their constant updates.
Every time this happens, a simple "repair" does not fix the problem, I have to completely uninstall and reinstall, which takes an hour or so of babysitting. Not the end of the world, sure, but it always seemed to happen right at the worst possible time. I realize that running older, unpatched software may leave us vulnerable to certain exploits, but we run a tight ship network-wise, and really we have no choice: Run risky software that works, or keep it fully patched and never be able to launch it.
Photoshop and InDesign are still pretty much the industry standard in our area, so there's really no getting away from it completely. But I'm trying to develop a long-term strategy. How are other graphics pros handling this?
We're trying to stay relatively current on app versions, so I know I'll have to deal with Creative Cloud at some point. But if anyone has any tips or tricks, or ways to prevent CC apps from updating themselves, I'd love to know!