This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Update: Adobe requires monthly payments for Photoshop
About Video Transcript

CNET Update: Adobe requires monthly payments for Photoshop

2:54 /

Adobe's new creative software requires a subscription, YouTube may soon launch premium channels, and the new Fitbit Flex is the best health-tracking device you can buy.

-It's time to sign up for a subscription to everything. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. You can no longer simply buy the full Photoshop program or any other software from Adobe's Creative Suite. Adobe announced that, now, customers must subscribe to the Creative Cloud to get updated versions of Adobe's full software suite. Getting the whole suite costs $50 a month whereas buying the whole suite at once used to cost $2500. In this subscription model, customers might be more willing to pay that $80 monthly fee for the chance to use all of the software and it's the equivalent to paying it off for over the course of four years. And four years is probably when you want to upgrade again anyway. If you just want an individual program, it will cost $20 a month. This subscription Cloud service was first introduced as an option last year and Adobe says customers prefer it. So, now, the company made subscriptions the only option. Although if you use something like Photoshop Elements which is a light version with less features, you could still buy that with the flat one-time fee. This subscription stuff only applies the full versions of the Creative Suite now re-branded as the Creative Cloud. We're seeing many software companies slowly switched over to subscription models. Microsoft office began pushing a subscription option and so are other productivity and storage apps like Evernote and Dropbox with subscriptions, software updates overall that continuously to users rather than having one big update you pay for every year or two. And YouTube wants to collect monthly fees from you as well. We're expecting to hear something soon about YouTube launching a paid subscription service. The Financial Times is reporting that YouTube will introduce a new ala carte service this week for a select group of channels that require viewers to pay $2 a month to access the videos. YouTube confirmed it is working on this subscription model, but it's just unclear exactly when it will launch. And if you're even thinking about getting a fitness tracking gadget, the Fitbit Flex wristband is out now and our CNET review says this is the best fitness tracker you can buy and that's because it's comfortable to wear and has a good variety of help tracking features. The unit tracks your steps, sleep, and calories burned. Of course, that's an estimate of how much you're moving you arms around throughout the day. Right now, it only offers direct bluetooth syncing with the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note. But if you don't have those phones, you could just synch it to the computer to analyze your stats. The Flex also has this little LED screen that displays how far along you are at meeting your daily step goal with little dots. So you can quickly check if it's worth taking the stairs or the long way home to meet that goal. You can also see how restful your sleep is. It checks how much you move around the night. It costs $100 and comes in several colors, although you have to pay extra for those fun colors. That's your tech news update. You can find more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

The Armor A60 portable drive can...
2:10 October 24, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo did some blah blah talking and then a real-world drop test on the Silicon Power Armor...
Play video
Macan: Meet the very different...
21:47 October 24, 2014
Porsche Macan marks the beginning of several chapters for the carmaker, plus a new list of the safest cheap...
Play video
Help battling robots cause even...
6:03 October 24, 2014
This week on Crave, we take a closer look at the Hendo hoverboard, fly on a Virgin Galactic spaceship, and...
Play video
Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2: A...
2:00 October 24, 2014
The C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.
Play video
Mr. Coffee gains some smart home...
2:27 October 24, 2014
The $150 Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew Smart brews 10-cups at a time and can be controlled by the Wemo mobile a...
Play video
The Philips 100W Equivalent LED...
1:20 October 24, 2014
We tested this bulb to see if it's a better buy than GE or Cree
Play video
Breaking open iPads, Groupon's...
2:54 October 24, 2014
The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free...
Play video
Vizio P series: Good and cheap...
2:31 October 24, 2014
The highly anticipated Vizio P series is among the cheapest 4K TVs available and delivers a very good picture,...
Play video