CS6

28 posts
28 June 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
I'm currently using CS3 which I have found great for all my work, but as it is a bit outdated now I was wondering about getting CS6 only package from Adobe for £8.78 a month. This includes Lightroom I think too which I have never used, I only ever use DPP and CS3 but I mainly want the photoshop CS6 and also was interested to see it has video editing capabilities although I presume these will be limited. So tools like content aware etc I would benefit from and the slightly improved interface.
My question is: It says requires annual commitment, does this mean you can never cancel it or what? And has anyone else taken the option monthly. Cheers

Posted 28 June 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
I think CS6 is still available 'complete' stand alone, set of discs, so a 'one off ' buy. The Cloud version, the later and continuing versions are tied to subscription, so one is essentially paying a monthly subscription fee to use the program, including updates, of course. If you cancel, stop paying, the subscription will end and the software cease to work.

Posted 28 June 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
Don't need or want cloud or any storage or sharing options. Just wanted CS6. The more I read about it the more complicated it all looks.

Posted 28 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
For £8.78 a month, what you're looking at is NOT CS6, it'll simply be Photoshop CC for which you'll have to pay a subscription for ever more to use it. If you want CS6 you have to buy the whole thing at ~£660 (unless you've got a copy of CS5 then they'll let you have the upgrade price - the bastards phased out upgrading from older versions of photoshop in order to force people adopt this awful subscription method).
Posted 28 June 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
Thought it all sounded a bit Think I will stick with cs3 for now. It's served me well so far. Who knows what they will bring out after all this and camera wise too. It's all going a bit far me thinks. Suppose these days there are a tonne more photographers So the markets changing to suit.
Posted 28 June 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
I love the option to subscribe to both LR and CC though at the current price its great value, I've taken several updates to both, the latest version 15 upgrades improving some useful aspects, focus select, improved content aware move and delete adaptation tool, better font handling and network sharing, enhanced blur gallery. I think with all that built in is great value.

Posted 28 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
dominicdgt

I love the option to subscribe to both LR and CC though at the current price its great value, I've taken several updates to both, the latest version 15 upgrades improving some useful aspects, focus select, improved content aware move and delete adaptation tool, better font handling and network sharing, enhanced blur gallery. I think with all that built in is great value.


If you upgraded regularly anyway (ie. each version) then yes, it's good value but for those of us who only upgraded every second or third it's become a lot more expensive (I'm still on CS4 and it only cost me £230 for the upgrade, in the five years I've owned it the subscription alternative would have cost me ~£500 at its current price, although if you recall it did start off at ~£17 per month just for Photoshop)

Not to mention the fact you're subsequently locked-in with it for ever more being part of a subscription-only service.

There's also issues using the software if you've got no internet connection (say if you're a reporter, or travelling).

I cannot agree it is good value.
Posted 28 June 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
I'm not sure we need to agree, its under £9.00 a month, so for lots its easy to budget, drop membership here a grade, a coffee at Starbucks and a pie a Greggs each month and Cloud Membership can be free, not sure what internet connection has to do with using the program? Locked in forever, the never ending cycle of upgraded cameras alone make this £108 a year or 25 years +/- of saving £9 a month for your new D810 so insignificant its not worth worrying about, especially when you weigh the benefits, CS5 introduced a refine edge tool worth £100 as a stand alone plug in! Embrace the change my friend, Or I'm happy to send you a working copy of CS6 to play with (windows, I'm guessing Mac?)

Posted 28 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
It's the principle of it more than anything (I know £10 a month is peanuts).

Posted 28 June 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
I would suggest the OP considers using LR as the main processing software and stick with CS3 for the stuff he can't do with LR.

He can see how it functions with the 30 day free trial.

Other than that.....s/h copies of CS4, 5 and 6 come up on eBay.

Posted 29 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
anthonyh

Other than that.....s/h copies of CS4, 5 and 6 come up on eBay.


But you have to be very careful as many are probably fakes on there (I've been stung by that but to look at the packaging you'd have sworn blind it was a genuine copy)
Posted 29 June 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
I presumed when it said 'Latest version of Photoshop' it just meant CS6. I think the best solution would be me buying Photoshop CS6 as a store bought sealed copy, hopefully with no CC etc. as I've no interest in that. Wouldn't buy of ebay but for now I haven't got 5, 6 hundred quid to drop on software. I've always just used DPP and CS3 and occasionally Photomatix.

I did the office monthly package for £7.99 a month which has worked well for me, latest office everything and can cancel at anytime. So I just thought the Adobe one might be a similar cost efficient solution. But I am interested in Premier too with the option of video on the mkiii. So when I saw the cs6 had video editing capabilities I thought yes I will go for that monthly instead.

What versions of photoshop is everyone running out of interest?

I wonder if there will ever be a long term solution of software, or if each version will just keep coming out with a few extra features. Really as said I don't know what they could add next really. The photography market has become flooded with interest. Which has opened a door to the way it's all sold, shared and marketed. A long way away from the original days of specialised skill and rarity. These days are more like trade days,'yeah I know a photographer' just like 'yeah I know a decorator' Difference is are they any good. At least with sites like these work can be showcased and experience built up over time. Along with recommendations etc.

Posted 29 June 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
http://www.tcsoftware.co.uk/p170-adobe-photoshop-cs6-windows-full-edition-electronic-download.aspx

This looks a lot cheaper, is that just as it is a download no CD?

Posted 29 June 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
As Anthony suggested,  buy Lightroom for the Raw conversion and continue with CS3.

Posted 29 June 2014
Edited by mph 29 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Don't forget as well that newer versions of Photoshop will be much more demanding on hardware than older ones. If like me you're using a fairly antiquated machine (4GB RAM, and original gen quad core processor with physical hard drives), it's a serious consideration.
Posted 30 June 2014
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