You know, I miss when Adobe did the permanent licensing for their products, especially for the Creative Suite Master Collection, I think it was about 1300$ USD, but was a one-time price. I honestly don't really fancy the whole cloud saving that Creative Cloud provides.
I would be perfectly fine with having a version of Creative Cloud that was local save only, but still had all the software that Creative Cloud provided. Granted, it would be nice if there were more package options for like for instance, an "Artists, Animator, and Video Production" option (that only came with Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Animate). But the all or one approach is okay as long as when installing, one is allowed to install only the software they need, not the full package, like what CS6 Master Collection did. I honestly really don't mind paying the bigger price tag providing it's a one-time price, not a subscription. I personally just don't see the use for paying a subscription to use the cloud service when I normally do local only, and backup to my personal external hard drive. It doesn't do much justice when some people just want to use the software, and not have to worry about an annual or monthly fee for some extra thing.
I mean take what you guys want. I just wish there was that option for a local only version of Creative Cloud that had a permanent licensing instead of the subscription to basically rent space on the cloud and the software.
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The subscription is what buys you the software. You run it locally. There's a small amount pays for the cloud space, but you're just paying for software including upgrades. Adobe found people would buy a perpetual license and then not upgrade for years and years, which doesn't generate nearly enough money for their liking.
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I'll add to the last post. First, a reminder that the forums are generally community driven. People like myself are not paid Adobe staff. We don't represent Adobe and respond to posts to help others.
Adobe made a decsion to move away from perpetual licences to subscription as it was seen as a more reliable and profitable revenue stream. It guarantees users will continue to pay into the future rather than buying one version and perhaps skipping future updates. To give extra value to users, the subscription gives access to updates as they become available and has other cloud-based services. Note, just because there is a subscription model does not mean the software is loaded from the cloud. The software is still installed on your local computer. It will check online to see your subscription status to keep it active.
In terms of buying different packages, Adobe do allow you to buy individual applications as below. Generally, the thinking is to offer everything (or almost) at a single price.