Adobe, price hikes, legal issues, wah wah


Okay, so I know Adobe has fallen out of favor with a lot of people in the photography industry ever since their switch to a subscription based licensing model (disclaimer: I personally use Adobe’s Photography Bundle and am quite happy with it). But these last two weeks have seen the company receiving metric shit tons of bad press that, quite simply, is inaccurate, bad reporting, and/or just plain annoying.

First, there was the supposed „price hike“ on the photography bundle. Yes, stopped displaying the USD 9.99 option for a lot of people. First of all, the option that was displayed instead comes with a lot more cloud storage, so while it may not be what people were looking for, it is not a price hike, but a completely different product. Second, and that is what really grinds my gears here, no, that did not mean the original Photography Bundle was discontinued, and anyone with two brain cells to rub together could have found out by simply contacting Adobe customer support. But did anyone think of doing that? Yeah, Scott Kelby obviously did. But practically all other photography blogs I follow (not naming names because naming and shaming is kinda lame) didn’t. Instead, they jumped on the bandwagon and bashed Adobe for their unreasonable „price hike“. Dear photo blogs: This kind of misinformation (might actually call it fake news, but the Trumpists kinda own that term) does not make me more inclined to trust you in the future, whether it’s product reviews or anything else.

Then, of course, there was the legal shitshow. Adobe reached out to CC customers to let them know that certain older versions of the Creative Cloud applications were no longer covered by the subscription license and continuing to use them would leave the customers exposed to the risk of legal action by third parties.

Okay, raise your hand if you don’t know what „third parties“ means. Basically, in this case what it means is „anyone but Adobe“.

So, again, if you have two brain cells to rub together, it is painfully obvious that Adobe are warning their customers about potentially being sued by someone else than Adobe. And again, most photography blogs I follow came up with the same bullshit: „Adobe says they might sue you if you continue using old versions of CC apps“. I mean, really? Can you guys even read? To anyone who’s ever been exposed to any kind of legalese, it is painfully obvious here that Adobe are warning their customers about legal threats coming in from another direction. Which, if you think about it, probably points to some third party whose tech was used in those older CC apps and who aren’t happy about it.

Now, if this is true, is it Adobe’s fault for exposing their customers to this risk? Hell yes. But on the other hand, is it ridiculously bad, sensationalist, click baiting nonsense to headline articles with any variation of „Adobe may sue their customers“? Fuck yeah.

So there you have it. Don’t use discontinued CC apps because it might land you in legal hot water, but also don’t believe anything the big photo blogs are throwing at you without checking out its credibility. This has been an extremely bad two weeks for online photography journalism, and I really hope some people learned from their mistakes.