Last year I wrote a post letting you know how you could get non-profit pricing for Creative Suite 6 and the newly unveiled Creative Cloud. This year Adobe made a predictable but no less unprecedented move by going to a subscription only model for almost all of their software.
What does this mean?
Adobe has made it clear that CS6 was the last creative suite they will release. From now on you can get a subscription for individual programs or everything Adobe makes.
- Always have the latest version
- Access to every program, no limitations of suites
- Access to old versions of programs
- Cloud Storage
The Cons (A Big One)
- Once your subscription ends you no longer have access to the software (tied in for life)
- See the end of the article for one solution to this problem
As I wrote about in my past article their are a few different versions of the Creative Cloud: Individual and Team Editions. You can get student pricing on both and non-profit pricing on the team edition.
The non-profit pricing is pretty much the same as the educational team pricing you see on Adobe’s Site. This team edition includes 100GB’s of storage, admin controls and centralized billing. However, you can’t buy the non-profit version from Adobe.
To buy the non-profit edition of the cloud you will need to use a reseller and I would highly recommend CDW.com. You will need to call and set up an account to prove your non-profit status, the easiest way to do this is to call Dave Nozar the Non-Profit Account Manager @ 877.667.0833.
The cost is $480 billed annually, if you are getting more the 5 seats (users) you start to get some price breaks so make sure to ask what is best for your situation.
Don’t want to get sucked in the subscription plan?
I have seen ton’s of people complaining about the subscription model and how unaffordable it is for their church, but their is an alternative!
You can still buy Creative Suite 6 from CDW at a non profit price. This will not have any support or updates and you can’t buy a upgrade guarantee but you can use this software for the rest of your life (or until your computer doesn’t support it).
So if your organization is light on funds and you can’t make a subscription plan work you should look at buying now before this option is gone. Check out the pricing of that below:
Design & Web Suite: $565 (regularly priced $1,899)
Production Suite: $565 (regularly priced $1,899)
Master Collection: $950 (regularly priced $2,599)