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Corel tries to lure disgruntled Adobe users

Following protests from Adobe users over the company's move to subscription-based software, Corel is offering Adobe customers a discount on a range of products.

Adobe's shift to the Creative Cloud subscription model has been the source of much debate since its introduction a few weeks ago.

(Credit: Corel)

Thousands of users have signed a petition calling for Adobe to retain its Creative Suite software as separate from the cloud-based service, providing an alternative for people who do not want to be locked in to an ongoing monthly subscription.

To help lure disgruntled users looking for an alternative to Adobe's cloud model, Corel has decided to offer Adobe customers a discount on a range of products. The maker of programs like PaintShop Pro announced the move on its blog, stating that "we strongly believe in providing users choice to purchase your software the way you want."

Users can download a range of Corel products for free on a 30-day trial. Once the trial expires, they can purchase the software at the same price as upgrade users until 30 August 2013. Some restrictions apply, and users will need to provide a proof of purchase of Adobe software to redeem the discounted price.

Typically, the discounted upgrade price is around 60 per cent off the price of the full version. The software eligible for the discounted rates include CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, Painter 12, PaintShop Pro X5, PaintShop Pro Ultimate X5, Photo and Video Suite X5, VideoStudio Pro X6, VideoStudio Ultimate X6 and AfterShot Pro.

Existing Adobe users must be using any of the the following products to redeem the discount: Creative Suite CS4/CS5/CS6, Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS6, Illustrator CS4/CS5/CS6 or Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6.

Adobe claims that 12,000 users are signing up to the Creative Cloud each week.