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Petitioning Chairman Dr. Charles Geschke and 5 others

Adobe Systems Incorporated: Eliminate the mandatory "creative cloud" subscription model.

Development of Adobe Creative Suite 7, and all plans of future creative suites have been discontinued. The only option going forward will be the Creative Cloud (CC) subscription model.

You should support this petition because Adobe is making their already expensive products even more expensive in the long run. Adobe is robbing small business, freelancers, and the average consumer. They do not seem to understand that every company is a not multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporation that has an infinite amount of resources.

In the end it comes down to this: all of Adobe's consumers will not be able to make such a large payment every month on the CC subscription model. In the short term, the subscription model looks to be okay, but over time the only entity that is benefiting from this is Adobe. The (no longer) current model: paying a one time fee for infinite access is a much better business model and is better for the consumer.

Let's make a difference and stand up to Adobe and let them know our stance. We want our voices heard.


Supporters, I wanted to let you all know that there is a considerable amount of misinformation from both sides about the CC subscription model; those confused about the specifics of CC as well as deceitful propaganda coming from all over the place. Adobe has cleared up a few "myths" and misconceptions about CC, but nothing they have said has addressed the underlying issues. I wanted to let you all know this so you can vigilant and support this petition for the right reasons. Make sure to read up!

For more information:

Adobe Creative Cloud FAQ

Techcrunch Article - May 6, 2013

CNET Article - May 6, 2013

Response from Microsoft - May 7, 2013

Adobe Alternatives:

Response from Pixelmator - May 7, 2013

Response from CorelDraw - March 26, 2013

Letter to
Chairman Dr. Charles Geschke
Chairman Dr. John Warnock
Senior Vice President Mr. Michael Dillon
and 3 others
Executive Vice President Mr. Mark Garrett
Senior Vice President Ms. Ann Lewnes
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shantanu Narayen
Eliminate the mandatory "creative cloud" subscription model.

It seems that you have decided to forsake everyone but big business. Well, you've made a mistake.

We understand that CS6 is available and still usable, but it is only available and usable for the short-term. Over time, the CC version of the apps will develop and will become better than CS6, similar to how CS6 is better than CS3. This puts us, the consumers, into a corner. We are in a corner because although we may have the option to use CS6 now, in the future, we will be forced to subscribe to your CC subscription in order to stay relevant with updated software. The problem is that this is not what the people want.

The people want to have a choice between CC and the Creative Suites that you've just discontinued development for.

So, we want you to restart development for Adobe Creative Suite 7 and all future Creative Suites. Do it for the freelancers. For the small businesses. For the average consumer. For the people who use your products on an inconsistent basis. Do it for the sake of creating a more beautiful world together.

Derek Schoffstall started this petition with a single signature, and now has 50,420 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.