HEY! Adobe CS3 and CS4 users you might want to read this. Adobe is changing their upgrade policy.

Today I was researching software deals and came across this article about Adobe changing their upgrade policy. I thought some people might want to take a nice long look at upgrading to Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) at this point due to this new information. If you’re a CS4 or CS3 user you will only be able to upgrade to CS6 until the end of the year due to Adobe changing their upgrade policies. Previously consumers could wait up to three versions to make their upgrade, but now Adobe is changing the way users can upgrade. Here’s the note from Adobe about their new upgrade policy.

“Special upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 customers. Take advantage of our special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 for customers who own CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions. This temporary upgrade offer is valid through December 31, 2012. After that date, only customers who own CS5 or CS5.5 products will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.”

So what this means is if you own CS3 or CS4 you should upgrade now or be forced to pay full price at the start of 2013 if you want to update your software. This is pretty sad to me as a consumer of Adobe’s products. I’m still using CS4 and usually wait 2 or 3 revisions before upgrading. Now Adobe will be forcing its consumers to upgrade only one version earlier. From what I have been able to ascertain Adobe is making this change because they are now spreading out their release schedule from an 18 months to a two year schedule. Don’t forget CS5 and CS5.5 users you will need to upgrade to CS6 if you want to be able to eventually qualify to upgrade for CS7. This is really starting to get confusing so I’ll end with a link to their upgrades page if anyone wants to take action.