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  • The $9.99 plan

    Posted by John Nelson on February 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    After much wasted time and frustration to get my old CS 3 up and running on Sierra, I am exploring their “bargain basement” monthly price. IF, and that’s a big if, I surrender, will I be “allowed” to store my work on ‘my computer’ or must I use the cloud?

    (If anyone knows where the ‘magic bullet’ is buried for CS 3 please let me know. I’m retired and only use it for family photos and videos).


    Tim Wilson replied 2 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Graham Tees

    February 15, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    John, the term “Cloud” is a bit of a misnomer. With Creative Cloud the relevant program (in your case Photoshop) is downloaded and installed on your own computer, and you do all the work on your own computer. The files you create are stored on your computer. The only “Cloud” aspect is that you are able (if you wish) to make use of storage space in the “Cloud”. It’s not a requirement to store on the “Cloud”

    You do not even have to be connected to the internet all the time to be able to work in Photoshop. Adobe just need to be able to check (I think once a month) that you are up to date with payment.

    Just remember that if you stop subscribing to Adobe, the program will no longer work, but all your files you have created remain yours. Before signing up just check that your computer has the right specifications to be able to run Photoshop.

    I hope this helps your decision making.

  • John Nelson

    February 15, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks Graham.

    Currently using Sierra on a mac mini, circa 2014. I actually had CS 3 running on it back in 2018 after installing the alternate program that provides a new serial number. Unfortunately, I lost/deleted that number making it impossible to use my copy. I also have an old mac pro running snow leopard. the CS 3 installed there still works but acts a little crazy now and then. Was hoping for that ‘magic bullet’. :{

  • Tim Wilson

    February 16, 2021 at 12:44 am

    I dig the $9.99 plan, too. Nothing much to add to Graham’s post except to observe that it works like it should, and is easy to cancel and restart as I’ve done a number of times. You’ll find plenty of folks to offer alternatives to Photoshop, and at this point I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all — and I keep coming back to the original. They’ve all got something to commend themselves (not least is the pay once thing, sure), but they also all lack something or other that I find that I’d rather not live without.

    Which is also how I know that it’s easy to stop and start your CC subscription as you see fit. That’s exactly what I do. ? As Graham notes, you can’t use Photoshop for new work while you’re not paying, but the images stay where you put them (your computer, Dropbox, etc), and most of the PS alternatives will open your PSD files just fine.

    Most of the time, I’m month-to-month, preferring flexibility to saving a bit with an annual subscription, but your mileage will vary. The main thing I want to emphasize here is that the $9.99 plan works.

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