The End of Adobe's Creative Suite?
Adobe Discontinues Photoshop CS6 support
In a move that surprised very few of us, Adobe appears to have discontinued its support for the older Creative Suite (CS) line of products. The former programs released successfully for years as individual products with updates provided through Adobe, only recently to be replaced by a membership system with monthly and annual options to use them. The move was widely contested, some heralding the shift as progressive and convenient - as they were no longer required to purchase new versions every couple of years; whereas others viewed it as a means by which to gouge their customers and punish them for their years of loyalty. Politics aside, it seems that the move is now official as the CS6 products page reads the following:
"Adobe creative apps are available exclusively through Creative Cloud.
Looking for Creative Suite 6? The latest versions of all your favorite apps like Photoshop and Illustrator are only available with a Creative Cloud membership. You’ll also get hundreds of step-by-step tutorials, built-in design templates, your own portfolio website, and more."
Personally I've been operating using the Photography Package with its bundled Photoshop and Lightroom for $10/month for a while now, and to be honest it's been absolutely amazing to me. Plus, it's a tax write-off for most of us in the industry, so it's the gift that keeps on giving.