A while back I posted about the new CS5 version of Photoshop. And around a year and a half later, we get the normal speculation about the contents of the next release. But this time there is a sting in the tail. Depending on how you feel about it, you may want to act very quickly.

The issue is that Adobe have changed their upgrade policy on the quiet. Instead of being able to wait a release or two and then being able to upgrade at a reduced cost, Adobe have announced that from now on you can only upgrade in this way from the previous release.

“With regards to upgrades, we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions).”

This comes embedded within an announcement regarding a new subscription model called “Adobe Creative Cloud“.

In practice, what this means is that you can only upgrade to the upcoming CS6 from CS5. So if like me you were going to wait and upgrade from CS4 (I was out of work for a while and needed to look after the pennies!), you can’t now do that.

There has been a bit of reaction, and Scott Kelby has gone out of his way to write an open letter to Adobe on the matter.

You may decide that the version of Photoshop you are on is good enough, and this action may convince you that you have spent enough with Adobe.

But there is another option if you do need the latest and greatest features – if you act in the next few days, you can get an upgrade from Adobe at a 30% discount in a Black Friday sale – valid from today (Wednesday 23rd November) until 11.59 on the 29th. Go to the Adobe Store offer page. You should see a link to Photoshop CS5, and the full price, after checking your country/adobe credentials (You have bought a previous version, haven’t you?!). Click that link and eventually you will get to the checkout – there you will see the discount applied, while valid.

If you miss the 30% offer, there is a 20% offer till the end of December.

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