Adobe discontinues boxed Creative Suite, Acrobat software

By on March 13, 2013, 2:30 PM

Adobe plans to end boxed sales of its Creative Suite and Acrobat family software, according to a report by Software Media Blog. Adobe told the blog that its discontinuation of box-based sales for CS and Acrobat will be effective as soon as April 30, 2013.

"As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Adobe Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will no longer offer shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite family or Acrobat family…[the] last order date through distribution is April 30." Adobe's Global Channel Enablement Team told Software Media Blog.

Use of the word "family" suggests stand-alone products found in CS, like Photoshop, will also disappear from store shelves.

Adobe's move away from shrink-wrapped boxes is likely part of its grander plans to transition to an entirely subscription-based model -- a push which aims to create continuous revenue streams while simultaneously stamping out piracy. Photoshop has long been amongst the top-most pirated applications.

Subscriptions may also be particularly attractive users who can't afford to dump thousands of dollars in a single purchase for the full product.

In the meantime, the elimination of physical boxes should assist Adobe in streamlining its production and distribution thereby reducing overhead costs. The move encourages users to buy the software online, possibly checking out its cloud-based offerings as well. Its eventual reliance on entirely digital methods of distribution -- and even more so with subscriptions -- should better position Adobe to bolster anti-piracy efforts.

Despite the imminent demise of boxes, Adobe's full, downloadable retail-box equivalents remain available for purchase through its website. It's unclear when -- or if -- Adobe will stop offering such one-time purchase software; however, the death of boxes brings us one step closer to a future where monthly (or yearly) subscriptions may replace one-time purchase licenses entirely.

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Jay Pfoutz Jay Pfoutz, Malware Helper, said:

I think it'd be more effective indeed to just sell them single-copy, one product buying.

People are so choosy about what CS software they want, and there are so many boxed sets, might as well just sell them individually.

1 person liked this | TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

I remember CS4 taking forever to install from the disk. Only thing I can think of that took longer was maybe Final Cut Pro.

GeforcerFX GeforcerFX said:

Wonder if the elements will stay out on disc, I sell those a lot, but the main family we have never sold a copy of.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

News stories like this are so "uplifting". They kind of make me glad I'm old. This is your subscription to the future, being tethered to Adobe's teat, enjoy it. Or maybe I should say, "suck it up".

axiomatic13 axiomatic13 said:

So without of that maketing dollars spent on the box materials and DVD the price is coming down... right? RIGHT Adobe?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

So without of that maketing dollars spent on the box materials and DVD the price is coming down... right? RIGHT Adobe?
One refreshing thing about newcomers here, is their innocence and naivete, which unfortunately tends to border on delusionality.

Actually now the margin now between DVD and download is ten bucks or so. Which I'm sure you've heard, will feed a family in Indonesia or Sub-Sarahan Africa for at least a month and a half.

Sadly, it won't do much past squat for you or I.....

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