Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud already cracked and pirated in just one day

“With all the recent discussion about Adobe’s Creative Cloud model and the polarizing opinions surrounding it, one of the topics people have been mentioning is how it will stop the pirating of Photoshop and other Adobe products in the suite,” Pratik Naik reports for Fstoppers.

“However, news is out that just a day after the release, Photoshop CC has already been pirated and available,” Naik reports. “Although we do not condone piracy, we’re shocked to see that it was that easy to circumvent the new model.”

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Naik reports, “With the constant need for validation and continual updates through the cloud, many felt it would be difficult to pirate something that requires constant contact for it to stay updated. However, it took no less than a day for pirates to get around it.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: Cult of Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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  1. All i know is that I want them to be able to give users a choice, to buy it outright as before, or to go on a monthly rental plan. I won’t rent it, and would gladly buy it, my reason is beacause many months can go by without me using the program and if I’m forced to pay a monthly fee, I feel that I wasted my money, whereas if I buy it outright, I can use it when I want, and its paid for. Adobe doesnt let you get it one month, skip the next, they make you do an annual contract that you pay monthly.

    1. Good points.

      Would add if I only need one program why do I have to pay more for some I don’t use? Or like you wrote, use every other month. Ridiculous.

      This is like cable TV or cellphone subscription stranglehold models. I could be traveling on business for a month, not even turn the TV on and still pay the same bill. Meter running and choice is the only fair way.

      Adobe lost their mind and all creative types I know are not happy. The software right now can do anything they want. So, how much more can you improve a pencil, a fork or a T-shirt?

      Apple, either buy Adobe outright or spend some of your billions in idle cash to produce better software at a lower price.

      Pretty please. 🙂

    1. Naw, Pixelmator is still woefully under-powered compared to my needs. That said, I can’t recall anything that Photoshop has added in any of the CS versions that was particularly useful. In CS3 they ditched ImageReady and made making animated GIFs an unbelievable pain. In CS5 they broke TWAIN thus rendering my scanner inoperable.

  2. Adobe is putting themselves out of business. Occasional users of their products do not want to be prisoners of their products. And automatic renewal means that your survivors will be billed forever after you die.

  3. Actually, for many of the professional users I know this new model is a boon. The Creative Suite used to cost between $1200 and $2500 depending on which components you needed. Most designers, especially in web and video, where technology changes more rapidly, want to keep up with the latest version when it arrives every 12-18 months. Now I only have to pay $600 per year for the entire $2500 suite that used to cost that much every 18 months. And every component of the suite is always up to date with the latest version. Better still, the license allows me to install all the apps I need on 2 computers, even if one is a PC at work and the other is a Mac at home. I know I can more easily budget $600 per year or $50 per month than $2500 every 18 months. So for me it’s a win/win. I can also go month-to-month I think if I worked at some seasonal business and didn’t need the software for several months out of the year (education, maybe?) It is also better for Adobe despite the lower $$ per user per year because they do not have to constantly try to re-sell existing customers to upgrade. The automatic upgrade is built in to the model, so they can concentrate on just improving the software so that their existing monthly subscribers stay happy and don’t jump to some competing solution.

    1. An alternative view:

      Very few professional users I know of upgrade religiously every 18 months. If your young in your twenties the latest and greatest may have appeal to you and others, as well. Fine.

      Most veteran professionals take a measured and different view to decide if the upgrade fulfills their needs and is worth the cost. Also, many professional visual communication companies I know of up upgrade software and computers every 3-6 years.

      Extreme example: A good friend of mine makes a very comfortable living editing photos STILL using Photoshop 7 on a 2003 17-inch Mac laptop running OS 10.3.9.

      Given your point of upgrading regularly, granted, you make a good case for savings.

      However, given my experience regarding visual professionals, my guess is the majority of users/companies are not on the same upgrade cycle and the added cost will only nudge them to make do with what they have, as long as it takes, especially in this economy.

      For my work, CS6 suite serves all my needs and so does my present Mac computer and OS until they no longer function or I take a dirt nap.

    2. Most people are short term thinkers. Yes, most people. Don’t kid yourself that this is not true. When you opt into the CC subscription, it is for life till the day you die, if you want to keep opening your Adobe files. If you stop paying either the annual or monthly fee (you decide), the software stops working, so you can’t open your files. So if you want to have access to the creative work over your lifetime, you pay the fee till you die. Assuming you want to see your artistic work during your retirement, you keep paying this annual fee even when you’re not working. See, most people could not care a stuff about that. Most people are short term thinkers.

      1. MM, not according to the Adobe site. Their FAQ says we can purchase CS6, and still be able to open and edit their CC files even when we stop paying their CC rent. There is much misinformation on the web about renting CC. Call Adobe express your concerns, listen to what they have to say, you will be surprised.

        No, I do not use CS6 nor do am I going to rent CC. For my use Aperture and a much older version of PSE do well, for me CS or CC is much overkill.

  4. Read my finger tips: I hate subscriptions…

    Oh! I’m sorry. Is hate too strong of a word?! What I mean is: I really really really really really really really really really really really, super duper, ultra-powerfully, really gigantically strongly… hate subscriptions.

    When is Adobe going to get some real competition? Please?!

  5. Well, it is harder. Much harder.
    Te pirating of games has gone down allot since Steam and Origin was introduced. There still are ways to fool the system I know that with Steam by it is much harder and just the hassle alone makes most people skip it… But I don’t like the subscription model. I don’t like it for music, or movies… Even though its convenient its a way for the companies to make more money one something you have already payed for and if you stop pay you lose ALL ACCESS to “supposedly your music” … Program or what ever. I don’t like that idea…

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