Is the Software Subscription Model Right for You?

Sep 02, 2017 at 09:48 am by nickcharles

It's been quite some time since we've seen some software move over from perpetual license to a subscription model. While I'm still not completely sold on it, I have been wondering if other opinions have changed.

Several years ago, when I first learned of Adobe's shift to the subscription model, I was immediately against it. After the shock wore away, my thoughts were mixed. And, I'm still a little mixed on this, as I believe in having the option to choose to buy outright, or sign up for a subscription plan.

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Now, I don't mean to trash Adobe - I love their software. But, I still think switching to subscription only leaves some folks out in the cold. While subscription may work well for studios and individuals who rely on the software in their professional work every day and need to stay current, I don't think it's always the best option for others.

There are still some good points to consider on both sides, however. In the case of Adobe, their subscription plans are currently pretty low, especially for the full suite of creative software. This allows their software to be more accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to afford to shell out the full software price in one big chunk. Of course, if you look at it in the long run, those same people end up paying more than what they might have if they had made a one time purchase.

Another point is having instant access to the latest updates, which can be exciting. But, not everyone needs the latest and greatest cutting edge tools and updates. Studios and professionals can certainly take advantage of the latest time-saving tools in their work. But, I think there are many folks that still find the comfort in using the same old software for years, without feeling the need to upgrade. And, you can still come up with new ideas in old software.

Whether you find the subscription model good or bad, you really have to ask yourself some questions. How badly do you need the newest tools, and is it worth it to abandon that old software version you are using for a subscription plan? Is there other software available that might be just as good at meeting your needs? And, do you really want to have one more monthly payment to make?

Now, I know it's been quite some time since this was the hot topic, but I'm curious to see if more attitudes have changed over the last few years. I'd like to know if folks who initially spoke against it have come to enjoy it. Please let us know your thoughts!

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