Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
At least there is the option of monthly payments now - I was facing having to pay around $1200 for some design basics (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), and then being left to purchase Flash separately for around $300. The joys of no longer being a student. I think it's going to cost around $50/month for me to have access to the basic cloud package, which at least doesn't mean I have to come up with a lump sum. But if I weren't needing some of the more sophisticated stuff I'd just go for an open-source program.
Still, it's not as crazy unreasonable as IBM SPSS Statistics, which would cost me $10,000 PER YEAR (no joke)! It's amazing statistical analysis software but there's an open source version called PSPP (haha) that does nearly all of what SPSS does, for free (apart from some statistical testing I think). Now that I'm no longer affiliated with a university and getting free or student-price software, I'm going the open source route wherever I can.
A crazy girl with a crazy horse