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While not specifically stated, I felt like one of the driving points behind Adobe’s decision to transform its Creative Suite software bundle into a subscription-based online service (Creative Cloud) was an intention to curb the large number of people who would pirate apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Welp, so much for that.
Today Fstoppers is reporting that the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop has been hacked and is now available via BitTorrent-sharing sites, obviously as an illegal download.
The hacked Photoshop CC version does have an offline mode, which only requires users to authenticate with Adobe’s servers once per month just like all the old Creative Suite versions. Essentially, if you want the latest version of Photoshop without the subscription fee, you can technically still get it.
But to be fair, the supposed antipiracy benefits were hardly the only thing pushing Adobe to create a monthly service out of its software suite. The Creative Cloud service offers designers things like version backups (saving progress on a project several times), social integration, tutorials, and lots more.