Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing Crap.
Background, I have been using Adobe Photoshop since its first Windows version – I got it as a free replacement to the photo editing software (don’t remember the name, it was 20 years ago – may have been from Aldus?) that either came from a scanner or an original Logitech 64K camera. Earlier this year before going on a 52 day Semester at Sea Spring Enrichment Voyage, I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro computer. The operating system for the #Surface is Window 8, fully functioning running all Windows programs. Although the Surface is a “touch-pad” computer, I got it with the detachable keyboard. It is much lighter than my other travel (Lenovo ThinkPad W510) computer. The screen resolution is the same, and the Surface has a faster processer. For photo-editing during the trip I installed Capture One Pro 7 (Phase One), Lightroom, and Photoshop (Adobe). Although I had a license for Adobe CS6, I decided to try out the recently released Adobe #creativecloud (I also use Premier Pro, InDesign, and Illustrator) on a 1 year trial basis. When it was announced that Adobe would be switching its licensing to Creative Cloud only subscriptions there was a lot of churn on the internet. Folks were afraid that the programs would only be on the internet (not true – programs still installed on the computer), processed images would only be on the cloud (not true). Images/works processed by the CC programs would not be available if the subscription ended (not true if saved in an open format). Could only be used on one computer (not true – can be installed on 2 computers, Windows or Mac, but only used on one at a time). One requirement was that the computer you had the Adobe CC program installed had to periodically connect to an Adobe server to validate the subscription. During the Semester at Sea Voyage, I did need to log onto my account once to validate the subscription.
Fast Forward. Yesterday, every time I tried to open Photoshop, a window opened telling me that my trial period had ended. Well, I have monthly credit card statements that Adobe charged me for my Creative Cloud subscription. Once I logged on to my Adobe account, sometimes I would get a message that I had 0 days left in my trial, other times asking for a serial number. Every now and then I would acknowledge that I had a Creative Cloud subscription and let me use Photoshop. ARRG!!