April 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM ET
Adobe software can be expensive. Photoshop costs $699, Illustrator's $599, the Premium version of Creative Suite is $1,899, and so on. So what do you do if you can't afford to pay that much, but need the software? You rent it.
Adobe has just begun offering subscription editions of its software. Those editions are exactly like the regular versions of each program — except you pay for them on a month-by-month basis. The programs that you'll be able to subscribe to are:
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
- Adobe Illustrator CS5
- Adobe InDesign CS5.5
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
- Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5
- Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
- Adobe After Effects CS5.5
Why would you want to rent a program instead of buying it? Maybe you've got an older version of the software and need something newer for the short term, maybe you're strapped for cash, maybe you just occasionally need particular programs and don't see a need to pay for more than you'll use. There are plenty of good reasons to rent a program like this instead of making do without it — or without dealing with a potentially buggy or shady pirated version.
The whole thing's not a terribly bad deal either: Photoshop CS 5, for example, costs $699. You can subscribe to it for $49/month (or $35 if you're willing to agree to a one-year plan.) Other prices appear to range based on the regular program and can be found on Adobe's site.