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Like many people, I've had an account with Adobe for many years. That account has been used for downloading free software, a Creative Cloud subscription and for using the company's cloud services. I don't use the software anymore and have no use for their online services - which is more about my needs than a statement about their service quality.

But when I decided to delete my account this week I hit an unexpected hurdle. There's no option for a user to delete their own account.

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Adobe isn't the easiest company to displace from the top of the photo processing pile. In fact, you could say it's nearly impossible. But that hasn't stopped a slew of developers from having a go. So, what are your options in 2017? Turns out, you have a few.

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I recently wrote about the creeping costs associated with subscription services. So, in an effort to better manage my monthly spending I've been looking at where I'm spending my dollars. One of the services I've been subscribed to is Adobe Creative Cloud. For almost $30 per month I had access to one app - InDesign - that I was using with one client. But I no longer need the app. And I discovered Adobe's exit fees were nothing short of exhorbitant.

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As editor-in-chief of 99U, Adobe's publication for creative professionals, Matt McCue oversees stories about topics such as client work, storytelling and productivity, and involving creatives from the worlds of art, design, advertising, music, tech and media. In addition to 99U, he's written for outlets such as Fortune, Fast Company, GQ and ESPN. We asked him about his own creative work.

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The classic combo of mouse and keyboard has flexibility on its side, but any gamer can tell you that for some types of games, nothing beats the speed of a console controller. Funnily enough, the logic remains sound when you move to the realm of productivity -- in this case, editing images. As NZ photographer Ben Stewart shows, a PlayStation joypad can have its place beside your Wacom tablet in certain scenarios.

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Adobe has announced it will stop developing and distributing Flash at the end of 2020 and is encouraging content creators to move their content to open formats such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly. The times, they are a changin'.

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Android/iOS: Using your phone to scan documents isn't anything new. With apps such as Scanner Pro and Turbo Scan out there, if you own a smartphone there's pretty much no reason you need to break out the ol' flatbed scanner to digitise anything any more. Heck, even just snapping a photo of a document sans app could probably get the job done in most cases. Even if you've already found a favourite scanning app, Adobe's new app, aptly named Abobe Scan, is one you're definitely going to want to try.

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On June 5, Adobe is jacking up its Creative Cloud (CC) software prices by a whopping 25 per cent. A 12-month subscription to the CC suite will now set you back $869.85 - compared to today's asking price of $695.88. In other words, if you plan to sign up to Adobe or renew an existing subscription, do it before June 5.

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It was once the case that if you wanted to do serious video editing, your choices were limited. Outside of expensive commercial options from the likes of Sony and Adobe, you'd have to make do with Windows Movie Maker... or worse. These days, free options abound. The hardest part is actually picking one.

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Adobe's venerable Flash extension is, slowly but surely, going the way of the dodo. HTML5 is quickly replacing it in every corner of the Web with faster, quicker-loading and more lightweight tools that are responsive across desktop and mobile devices. But there's an argument for preserving Flash on the 'net.

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After years of neglecting to do so, Adobe has now released Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux. Now Windows, Mac and Linux are being offered the same version of Flash Player for the first time in ages. But considering Flash is already dying a slow and painful death, this might be too little too late.