No official announcement yet from Adobe but Photo Rumors is suggesting (link
) that Adobe is considering reducing the price of a Photoshop licence to $9.99 per month. They also suggest that they would "promise to continually update CS6 to support future file and camera types
Now, on the face of it that's good and tempting news. That price is pretty much in line with what I used to pay as I upgraded from one version to another (I sometimes missed versions) but the promise that CS6 will support future file types can't be taken at face value. For complex PSD files which include lots of adjustment layers how would CS6 cope when faced with an adjustment layer which required functionality introduced after CS6 was coded? Can't be done, IMHO, so I don't think the community should blink yet. More relevant would be a promise from Adobe that those who have subscribed to Photoshop or Creative Suite should, after a suitable interval, qualify for a "read only" version of the product so that, should they no longer be in a position to subscribe, they can still fully render their work.
I'd still prefer the old perpetual licence deal but that isn't likely to happen now and if the price does come down to $10 a month I don't think many Photoshop users would ever be discontinuing their subscription but, that being the case, the cost to Adobe of offering that extra safeguard of access to one's data should be down in the noise level.