Photoshop CS student version licencing agreement?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Scott, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I'm working on an associate's degree in web development and this
    semester I'm taking my first graphic design course for the web. The
    last week or so I've been looking at various photo editing tools and
    ultimately decided to purchase a copy of Photoshop CS. Since I'm a
    college student I can get the software at student pricing, but as I
    came closer to purchasing the product I thought I had heard someone
    say that the licensing agreement of the student version of Photoshop
    was different from the standard retail version in that the student
    version could not be use for professional purposes. I was wondering
    if anyone had any information on this? If I won't be able to use the
    software professionally then I think I'll get a copy of MX fireworks
    to get me through school and then buy the retail version of Photoshop
    later on.

    Thank you,
    Scott
     
    Scott, Jan 20, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    Never mind what someone said. Read the EULA on www.adobe.com where, by the
    way, you can get a free 30-day trial version. The student version of the
    software is the same as the regular version. The differences concern
    transfer of the license.
     
    jjs, Jan 20, 2004
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    J Warren Guest

    AFIK, once you upgrade to a newer version (at the full upgrade price),
    the limitations on the academic version license are lifted. Not a bad
    deal overall.
     
    J Warren, Jan 22, 2004
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    suz Guest

    Macromedia doesn't like Educational versions used for professional
    work. Their lic. says so. Adobe is not so nasty about Students
    transitioning to the work world. Read the link given in a previous
    post.

    Macromedia doesn't get it that when you are going from "student" to
    "making money", it's rare that there would be money in the pocket to
    upgrade to the professional version just to say do a web site for
    someone for a couple of hundred bucks to pay the rent.

    A software company will get students for the full professional version
    on the next upgrade when they are not in school and not able to get
    the student book store discount. Being restrictive, especially on
    struggling students, does not build good brand loyality. It punishes
    students. Adobe understands this long term relationship. They are
    into it for a long haul with thier users. Macromedia doesn't get it.
    They are out for the short term.

    Good for Adobe. Shame on Macromedia.
     
    suz, Jan 25, 2004
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    nikki Guest


    Scott,

    I would recommend you get Photoshop, just for the simple fact that it
    is the standard for image editing. MX fireworks is probably a good
    program also, but not a substitute for the for the power of PS. The
    learning curve on PS is several years, unless you have intensive
    tutoring, and even then it is probably a year before you get a handle
    on all the concepts. An analogy that comes to mind is PS manipulation
    is similar to playing a piano. Some play the piano acceptably and some
    are masters. The same thing is true about Photoshop. The one common
    factor is you will not learn Photoshop in a few days or even a few
    months. You should start now and by the time you are out of school you
    will at least know how to use Photoshop methods. There are lots of
    other reasons to use Adobe products(color management,
    interconnectivity etc), but the learning curve is the biggie.
    Nikki
     
    nikki, Jan 26, 2004
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