If you are into photography at all, this is a good deal and worth checking out. As software companies embrace the cloud in different ways, Adobe has bundled two very powerful and popular photography editing tools together in a subscription model for $10/month. This means you can download the full versions of the software to install on your computer of choice and get all updates while paying a monthly subscription fee of $10/month.
If you do the math, a traditional license for the full version of Photoshop alone can cost you over $700, and Lightroom retails for about $150. So for about $850 you can buy the current version of both applications, and then get hit with upgrade license fees as new versions are released, with the average Lightroom upgrade costing about $75 and while I know the cost to upgrade Photoshop has to be more than that, I can't seem to find a price for it online. Even with the purchase of a single license of both of the current versions, it would take 85 months at the subscription price to pay more than the subscription rate. Seems like a no brainer to me.
Before you ask, yes - if you stop paying the subscription fees the software will stop working. That's how these online subscriptions work. At first I had a real problem with that, but since using services like Spotify for music, it seems to be the way to go for me. In fact, in the not too distant future, I believe you won't be able to buy a full license of software anymore and you will only be able to do this sort of subscription deal. That may be why I can't find an upgrade price for the current version of Photoshop.
Last comment - I am not getting paid from Adobe for this announcement, I just think it is a great deal and photo enthusiasts ought to check it out. Now if you end up subscribing to Adobe and need help with either app, I can help. Visit my Workshops page for more details or email me.
What do you think? Good deal or not?