Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Adobe to offer CS3, CS4 owners upgrade pricing to CS 6

The website 9to5 Mac made a nice catch this morning when it noticed a new post on the Adobe website. The news is that Adobe will be offering owners of Creative Suite versions 3 and 4 the opportunity to upgrade to Creative Suite 6 when it is released at upgrade pricing.

Here is their announcement:

We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional. Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features. In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.

With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.
Adobe upgrade pricing is currently highly variable – upgrading to Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium from CS3 costs $949 while the upgrade from CS 4 is $649, for instance – so it will be interesting to see what kind of pricing Adobe will offer.

Two years ago I was able to upgrade to CS4 when Adobe suddenly offered discounted upgrades – that upgrade included a full version of the software with a new license. Hopefully Adobe will do the same this time around.