At least “forever” what we think Adobe’s new arrangement refers to. From now on, Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite are now only available through subscriptions, which start at $20 a month for individual apps, or $50 a month for the entire Creative Suite, which is now actually called the Creative Cloud — standalone copies of the original Creative Cloud apps that are still available for sale will no longer be updated, all in the effort to reduce piracy.
To add to Adobe polishing of its platform, Photoshop now has access to a new camera shake reduction feature, several new editing features that help sharpen and edit images, plus the usual bug fixes. To add to the Creative Cloud’s functionality, syncing of files to the desktop and the creation of online portfolios of your work.
Adobe’s new strategy seems well-rounded so far, but it will be up to the Creative Cloud professionals to decide whether or not it’s a sink-or-swim operation.