Adobe today released its Creative Suite 5.5 (CS 5.5) to U.S customers, a significant update that kicks off the company's new subscription payment model. Potential customers have the choice of paying for the package outright with prices ranging from $1,299 to $2,599 (upgrade pricing also available), or essentially rent the software on a month-to-month basis or annual subscription.
The decision to rent/lease or buy presents itself at every turn. You'll face this decision when shopping a new car, relocating to a new home or apartment, and even when it comes to picking out movies. But what about software? Part of the reason why open-source programs like GIMP exist is because the average user is either unable or unwilling for fork over several hundred dollars for a legitimate copy of Photoshop. What if you could rent a license instead? That's the question Adobe hopes to answer with the release of its new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line.