I am a regular Adobe user, both as a hobbyist and, if I had a job right now, professionally. I tend to use Photoshop a lot, After Effects a fair amount, and Premiere and Encore occasionally.
I bought version CS3 back in 2007, and had planned to upgrade to CS6 a couple of years ago but suddenly lost my job so had to put that on hold. Then Adobe changed everything and now only offer monthly ongoing fees for the latest versions, called Creative Cloud, or CC.
It costs me AU$30 per month for the first year, as an existing member, then it increases to the regular price of $40, and presumably it will go up in price every couple of years after that. That seems perfectly reasonable, as I would get access to almost every piece of software Adobe puts out, which is everything I currently have and about five more apps on top of that.
But is it really as good a deal as it appears? Should I spend even so small a portion of what little money I have if I will only use the apps occasionally, and if CS3 is still 80% of all I really need?
Does anyone have any experience of dealing with Adobe CC, and any negatives I should look out for?