There’s been a lot of hullabaloo on the Internet about Adobe discontinuing the Creative Suite. Many sites are reporting that Adobe is getting rid of Creative Suite altogether.
Here’s the official statement from Adobe’s FAQ about the discontinuation of physical media (aka shiny discs).
Why is Adobe discontinuing boxed copies of Creative Suite and Acrobat?
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. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available – as they are today – from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners.
So the real deal is that physical media is being discontinued. Same thing Apple did to all of its software packages. The Creative Suite is not discontinued. This is a misunderstanding (and one that I personally verified with Scott Morris, the Senior Marketing Director, Creative Cloud & Creative Suite). Morris assured me that CS6 will continue to be sold with a perpetual license.
“Adobe is not discontinuing CS6. We are just discontinuing the shipment of physical boxes with physical DVDs, and will instead offer the products as ESD (electronic software download) only, or through Creative Cloud,” said Morris. “This change does not affect the availability of Adobe’s perpetual products, just the delivery medium – in the same way that most music is delivered online now, instead of via a physical CD.”
So there you have it… you can still buy Creative Suite… if you want to. Though I personally think the Creative Cloud is a much better deal.