Leica to offer 20 percent off Adobe's Creative Cloud
Leica has announced an incentive to encourage owners to upgrade to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription model. The company is offering a 20% discount on the first year’s fees, a saving of around £20. The offer is not a substitute for the existing free copy of Lightroom that comes with most Leica cameras; instead it is an effort to encourage people to move to the more convenient and more extensive Creative Cloud.
Although initially suspicious of a subscription-based service, I decided to upgrade to Creative Cloud about 18 months ago and have not regretted it. I a tyro Lightroom user at the time, having migrated from Apple’s Aperture when that company ceased support for the application. The basic Creative Cloud subscription offers not only Lightroom but also Photoshop. Other family applications are available for trial and can be added to the subscription as required.
Not only is Creative Cloud more convenient to use, with a clear desktop dashboard (which can be opened in a window or pinned to the toolbar as a dropdown), it ensures that you are always up to date with the latest versions and camera plug-ins.
Adobe Creative Cloud costs £8.57 a month, including VAT, if you pay monthly. The annual prepaid cost of £102.30 offers almost no saving so you might as well pay monthly. If you want the entire suite of applications the cost rises to £45 a month.
If you wish to take advantage of Leica’s introductory offer visit the Leica Owners’ page—you will need to register but you have probably already done so.