According to several online resellers, Adobe will discontinue supplying their Creative Suite software in boxes, beginning May 1, 2013.
Instead, Adobe is encouraging all users to purchase and update their software from Adobe’s Creative Cloud, an online subscription service for Adobe software. For those who won’t subscribe to the Creative Cloud, Adobe will also be providing the Creative Suite applications as downloadable installers.
This move certainly makes sense for Adobe’s shareholders, since Adobe will no longer be spending money on disc reproduction and packaging. It also eliminates any payments Adobe has been making to resellers to handle their products. In other words, all income from sales now goes directly to Adobe.
For more information, see these resellers’ Web pages:
March 14 update:
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.