Adobe Creative Cloud is about to get even more expensive in Australia. From June 5, all software in the CC suite will increase by a whopping 25 per cent. The good news is that you can pay the existing price for another year if you renew your subscription early.
As reported over on Gizmodo, Adobe has more than doubled the price of Creative Cloud in Australia since 2014. The latest price hike is being blamed on fluctuating currency exchange rates. Here's the explanation that was emailed to Australian CC users by Adobe:
As part of doing business globally, Adobe monitors currency exchange rates in order to make adjustments to our pricing up or down as needed. You may be aware that currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years. As a result of recent exchange rates in your region, the price of Adobe products and services is increasing starting on 5 June 2017.
If you elect to renew your subscription prior to June 5 you should "only" be charged the current pricing. Mind you, this is still much more expensive than in the US. (You even have to pay GST now, so the price disparity can't be blamed on America's after-sales tax.) Adobe is one of the worst offenders of the so-called "Australia Tax" and it seems determined to keep hikig prices until customers refuse to pay en masse.
It's worth noting that there are plenty of free and affordable Adobe competitors on the market that provide most of the same functionality as Photoshop, Premiere and the rest of Creative Cloud. You can find some suggestions here and here.
We have some bad news for Photoshop, Premiere and Creative Cloud users. Next month, Adobe will start charging GST on all products and subscription services in accordance with Australia tax laws. That's right -- the worst offender of the 'Australia Tax' now has an actual Australia tax. Here's what you need to know, including a list of revised pricing.