Succumbing to Creative Cloud? After 6 yrs full time I’m finding myself in the freelance market. Using my 2013 Power Mac and CS5, I’m finding things very slow. Am I forced into getting CC & new laptop?

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You can pay by month (though, if you guarantee a year the rate is slightly lower). I’ve been paying for it pretty much since it launched. Is $50 a month a lot for a suite of software that helps me generate my entire income a lot? Even when I was a junior, I think I could’ve made it work. And you get a site license for up to 5 computers, so find a friend and split the subscription. And it’s a tax write off at the end of the year.

Coming up from CS6 I think you’ll see Adobe has made HUGE improvements.

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Not sure about the new laptop, you might be able to get by with RAM upgrade...but CC... I feel like we have to these days.

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I’ve been holding out on paying for CC, but it’s becoming more and more of a pain in the ass. I bought CS4, CS5 and CS6 and now I’m supposed to pay a monthly fee (even during months when I’m not working). Bullshit

I was actually wondering about that. If you don’t need it for a few months can you stop paying and then pick up when you need it again?

And Apple’s refurb products are basically as good as new, but cheaper. If you’re upgrading hardware, look into those or price compare with a friend who has a corporate discount through IPG/WPP/etc

I’m have the same software & computer. I’m holding out until next year for a new computer since it’ll be a new version. Then I’ll upgrade my software. You can still produce great stuff if you have talent. An old software and/or computer just make it a little more of a challenging, but you can do it 😀

If you or someone you know is a teacher or student, you can use their discount and pay $20/month for CC.

I do love most of the upgrades in CC, but I also usually have a company computer to use so paying for my own license as well seems redundant

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