Adobe plans to halt boxed sales of its
Creative Suite software, making its packages for creative pros available online or by subscription only.
“As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products,” an Adobe spokesperson told TechHive in an email. The company continued, “Electronic downloads for Creative Suite and Acrobat products will continue to be available—as they are today—from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners. We are in the process of notifying our channel partners and customers, as plans solidify in each region.”
This confirmation follows two stories that appeared on the websites of two of Adobe’s resellers,
SoftwareMedia. Both blogs cite a May 1 cut-off date for boxed availability.
Given that many laptop computers do not feature optical drives anymore, the demand for disc-based software has faded over time, so this long-anticipated move by Adobe is not surprising. Moreover, over the past year, Adobe has come out with its new subscription-based software distribution channel,
Creative Cloud, which charges individual users $50 per month for its entire slate of creative software.
The software that will now be available electronically only or via subscription includes the entire Adobe Creative Suite family, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Speedgrade, Prelude, and their companion apps.
Jackie Dove is an insomniac tech writer and editor in northern California. A wildlife advocate, cat fan, and photo app fanatic, her specialties include Mac hardware and software, art, design, photography, video, and a wide range of creative and productivity apps and systems. Jackie now writes for a variety of consumer tech publications.