The lessons behind PS for iPad & blind upgrades

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  • SFA
    [quote="NNN636934704713702443" wrote:
    I think some people are missing the point behind the problem with blind updates. Adobe's subscription model has ended up with a very weak iPad solution. Creative Cloud is no longer just an experiment, we now know based on years of using pay before you know what you get models just how messed up that kind of payment system can be. That is the trusting companies with pay for whatever you get solutions.

    Really not only is it important for me to know what is in the next major version of a product but also it would be nice to have a basic idea what will be in the point releases for that major version. For an example getting continued updates for Catalina in the point releases was just about as big of a deal to me as anything that came out in the major 12 release. Generally I don't jump on board the minute a major release comes out anyways so why would need to pre-order?


    You don't have to pre-order.

    The deal is simply an offer to existing V12 users who bought V12 before (iirc) 23 October 2019 to take advantage of a reasonable extra discount educing the cost of this year's upgrade price. A regular sort of advance purchase special offer as seen quite often these days.

    There in no special reason for anyone who normally prefers to wait and see what is offered and (even if the feature list is known) how good it is to change their normal buying policy just to save a few units of currency - although I guess if the few units would buy ones food for a year that might be more significant. Perhaps it depends where one lives.

    Anyone who would normally dive straight in and buy the the latest release anyway may as well take advantage.

    Anyone who prefers to wait anyway should wait as it their custom.

    Just my opinion of course.


    Grant
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  • Keith Reeder
    [quote="NNN636934704713702443" wrote:
    I think some people are missing the point behind the problem with blind updates. Adobe's subscription model has ended up with a very weak iPad solution.

    I for one struggle to see any connection between Adobe's practices and what Phase One is doing at the moment.

    I certainly see no connection between "subscription model" and "very weak iPad solution"...

    we now know based on years of using pay before you know what you get models just how messed up that kind of payment system can be

    It really doesn't. Correlation is not causation.
    That is the trusting companies with pay for whatever you get solutions.

    It's very different. Yes, by definition, being on a subscription model means you're paying up front for what you get: but the difference is that at any point, if you're dissatisfied, you can stop paying, the SAAS ends, and it doesn't cost you another penny.

    In essence, Phase One is asking people to lay out a significant lump of money up front, and all that money is gone if it turns out that the latest release isn't for you: but you've lost the entire cost of the software, not just that month's subscription. Logicially, up to that point, you've lost nothing because subscription was working out for you.
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