We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. A lot of us use pirated software for both professional and personal use and assume that the biggest risk comes in the form of viruses, but it can actually expose not only yourself but companies too. It was a simple 3 camera, 90 minute concert. Time to cancel my subscription I guess. Compared to productivity software, video games are considered relatively cheap but yet people still pirate them anyway (or at least they try to).So it really does not come as a surprise that when it comes to productivity software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, there are many users who would rather pirate the software than paying hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to own it. There is a free version with slightly less functions that you could try out before buying the full... yeah, thats the one i'm trying. Adobe that's not the right way to treat your loyal customers.. Back in the 1990s, when I had to use CyberSitter, becuase my dad had housekeepers who brought children with them who could not be trusted. Those judges eho brought this in must have been paid a fortune to shit on the people like this! Now, my impression of Linux troubleshooting is a whole lot of "oh, try this patch" and "it's fixed in the beta of the next version" and "that package doesn't work anymore". Sometimes you can't upgrade. Again, the original CS6-and-earlier versions of Adobe’s apps will still work. Makes sense. They are all easily replaceable by other paid tools that function equally or even better if you're willing to do the searching and retraining just once. Most free software is useable, and unless you choose to run testing versions, relatively trouble free, so long as you stay with the Distros repos. That's why anyone worth their salt in IT has been advising their clients against SaaS. Period. I'd lay heavy money on the Terms of Usage having verbiage to that effect baked right in, even if presented in 2 point (lawyer) type size. At that point, fair warning was indeed issued, so there's no room to complain. Look at the array of choices offered by Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, ... even Blender. If I wanted to design a website from scratch without using a one-click Wordpress upload I can use Kompozer and a div grid layout. Outside of refusing to buy products from companies that engage in unnecessary scare mongering and routinely undermine your rights, that is. Either that or grow a spine and stop putting up with this bs. If stability is your prime requirement, the Ubuntu LTS, Mint, Debian stable, (install Buster as it will be the new stable shortly); or PCLinuxOS, which while a rolling release keeps it software very stable. Pirating Adobe’s software — especially Photoshop — has become very common among consumers who can’t or won’t pay several hundred dollars for it, but who nonetheless rely on its state-of-the-art image editing features for school, work or personal projects. As such, Adobe is warning it's user's of such liability. It would be unconscienable for the law not to side with the consumer. And because it may not perform as we intended, it could pose risks to you and your work.”. You either keep up with the payments and updates or you loose the right to use the software. They trick us into buying their rosy products before they have to unveil the full extent of how they demand to bind you unilaterally in their favor against any possible claims, already enjoying new tort laws passed by those tucked in their pockets. If it's the fact that it does raster rather than vector images, I'd suggest using Inkscape for those. Also, when the occasional bug slips through, an update is usually issued with hours, and not weeks. Then the buyer would be demanding payments from old users to continue using the software. Artists and creators often don't like updating to new versions in the middle of a project lest some unexpected bugs cause problems. Gary, what is the problem you're experiencing with GIMP? If the multiple windows were a problem (I could never find that damn toolbar across my two monitors and their virtual desktops), you could try the relatively new single-window mode. It helps to get add-ons such as G'Mic. Also, this article, [ Configuring WACOM tablet for Use on Gimp 2.8](http://lifeofageekadmin.com/configuring-wacom-tablet-for-use-on-gimp-2-8/] may help with your Watcom. These days, software support almost always costs extra so perhaps there is language that says we'll support the current version and one or two prior versions--seems to me fair enough for a vendor to say, if I fixed the problem you're complaining about in a new version, you'll have to update to that version to get the fix. That is what firewalls are for. Sounds to me like obfuscation of the CYA kind.... possibly Adobe fears just exactly that possible outcome, who knows. On the other hand software is constantly being updated and patched. Apparenlty there's Krita as well, I'll have to give that a go. I will do that, and I appreciate the suggestion. Of course this reeks of corporate underhandedness and greed, but that's what you get with SaaS*. Read more about Adobe, Apps and Piracy. The Adobe CS6 is not effected by the Dolby infringement problem. The photography community is not very happy with Adobe over the doubling of the subscription prices for the photographers' package. How the hell any court could actually crap on customers of anything, giving sellers all rights while removing them from consumers after theyve paid out hard earned cash, is beyond me! Is your problem that you are used to Photoshop, and Gimp is similar but not similar enough, especially in the area of layers. One bad week and your production would shut down because you could not turn on your work tools or access past project files. OS can do the same damn thing. So you are flagged as a pirate for simply using outdated software. It's only going to get worse as long as customers put up with the subscription model. Package management usually include the ability to lock a package to keep the current version, and (usually via the command line) install an older version of a package.Also, there is more choice in the desktop, so it is a case of finding one that suites you. This is something Adobe has struggled with for a long time, routinely coming up with new ways to verify the authenticity of new installs. Plus their tech support is horrible. Believe it or not you do not have to agree with companies that try to force subscriptions to turn you into a permanent money stream. I also run Manjaro, and have a had a couple of recoverable problems over the years I have been running it. Don't know what problems you experienced at your end but it can be done.. Or, you could use the "own-the-base-version, rent-the-service-of-getting-upgrades" model that JetBrains uses... Amen, Dave. What information is embedded in the files? As for the software-crackers, we have no doubt that they’ll be busy trying to find ways to trick Adobe’s new system. For applications that "call home", you just block access to those IP addresses at the firewall level. Unconscienability still applies to these acts of coercion. Like Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 in January because fuck you, majority of Windows-using end users? Layers, and poorer integration with my Wacom were also factors that made it more difficult to use. Those install files are one of the things I have backed up in three different places, along with the authorization keys. I had physical media from which to do the install, and also a local copy of the update in hand. http://www.directsoftwareconnection.com/adobecs6masterspecialoffer.htm, This is why I hate adobe and refuse to upgrade/use the newest products.When adobe design premium CS4 was a thing I got it because it was a one time physical copy buy. Register here, Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter. Thank heavens i still have a copy of Aldus Photostyler and KPT. While Adobe couldn't be bothered to clarify this fact, the company was apparently making a vague reference to its ongoing legal dispute with Dolby Labs. Unfortunately, customers who continue to use or deploy older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may face potential claims of infringement by third parties.". There’s Final Cut Pro for video, Maya for animation and um, actually learning to code for Dreamweaver.