Certainly does. There was comfort in that little line, knowing that if I wanted to stop I would have a somewhat updated version of CC that I paid for over the year. The further in with Adobe the worse it feels knowing if I ever stop I have zero to show for it software wise. Sure I made money using their software, but without it I am left with a lot of useless files... years and years of them. So really I am stuck with Adobe, they have gun to my head unless I want to rework thousands of files and switch to Quark.
Exactly. The "Software for Rent" business model is horrible for the consumer.
I have no problem paying for software - as pointed out earlier in the thread it's a necessary expense for this business.
It's the way they're "renting" it to me that I can't stand. Someone compared it to electricity and water, but it's not a utility - It's a tool. I can't walk down to the electric company and buy a box of electricity. But I can walk into a store and buy software (well, except for Adobe products).
Any other tool in our shop we can buy. Even our digital presses which we lease, we have the option to buy out at the end of the lease, or we could buy one outright if we really wanted to. I have no option to do this with Adobe products - If something bigger and better takes over the market in 5 years, we'll still be locked into paying Adobe if we need to use any old files.
It's not the cost of the software that bugs me, it's the slimy business model.