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Adobe’s latest subscription service with online DRM cracked in a day

Posted at 21 June 2013 12:21 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Adobe latest product, the subscription based suite Creative Cloud is cracked and available on torrent sites one day after its release.  The torrent is posted on torrent sites such as the Piratebay and is nearly 1.4 GB big. It was posted by an apparently Chinese user. Comments on the torrent report that the software can be installed and works.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a bundle of applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Like regular applications they can be installed on a computer, but to use them one has to purchase a monthly or yearly subscription. Previous licenses for Adobe applications such as Photoshop were easily over hundreds of dollars. Instead of purchasing these licenses many users reverted to torrent sites to obtain the software. As a result,  Adobe’s software is among  the most pirated on the internet. The subscription based service should have put and end to the large amount of piracy.

monthly subscription of $49.99 to Creative Cloud gives access to all applications and comes with 20 GB cloud storage.  Adobe also offers the option to use a single applications for  $29.99 a month.

Normally the software  needs to connect every month to the Adobe servers to verify if the subscription is still valid. But the company writes on its website that the software will continue to work for 99 days if you remain offline. The software only requires a connection to the internet during installation. By blocking access to the Adobe servers after the installation and applying a crack the software seems to continue to work.

Subscription based software could become a new trend,  also Microsoft is offering a subscription version of their Office suite, Office 365. Advertised benefits should be a flexible pricing model, increased revenues for software vendors,  no more large single payments, an incentive for software vendors to continue to improve their software.

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debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 21 Jun 13 14:16
    ROTFLMAO.
    I wonder if the drm scheme comes with a 30 day guarantee, and what the policy is regarding refunds if the drm is cracked within hours.

    Honestly, it's either pre-release software, or the drm scheme was just pathetic.
    TSJnachos117
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 22 Jun 13 01:38
      Well, well well... what have we learned here? The lesson of the day is the same one business owners have been refusing to listen to for years: Barbaric pricing models suck prevent users from actually purchasing products, driving customers to either competing products, or to piracy. These same businesses try to fix the problem by imposing DRM, which increases prices even more, makes things even harder for those who actually purchase the software, does nothing to stop the competition, and barely slows pirates down. So, what's the point of using it? That's the question I'll never understand.

      Also, what's with the bloated 1.4GB size? The whole point of the cloud is to prevent the user from having to store potentially large amounts of data on their own computers. Seriously, I'll bet most modern Linux Distros take up a similar amount of space. Making the suite the size of an entire OS defeats the whole purpose of cloud computing, doesn't it?
      Susi999
      MyCE Rookie
      Posted on: 22 Jun 13 06:23
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
        Also, what's with the bloated 1.4GB size? The whole point of the cloud is to prevent the user from having to store potentially large amounts of data on their own computers.
        It's the Sim City phenomenon: "The uber-powerful calculations are running in the cloud, so that the user's pc is less stressed" ... and in the end it turned out to what everyone knew from the start: It's a lie. Nothing is running in the cloud and everything is only about control, while the only result is that they piss off the loyal paying customers.
        debro
        Blown to smitherines
        Posted on: 23 Jun 13 02:42
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
          Well, well well... what have we learned here? The lesson of the day is the same one business owners have been refusing to listen to for years: Barbaric pricing models suck prevent users from actually purchasing products, driving customers to either competing products, or to piracy. These same businesses try to fix the problem by imposing DRM, which increases prices even more, makes things even harder for those who actually purchase the software, does nothing to stop the competition, and barely slows pirates down. So, what's the point of using it? That's the question I'll never understand.

          Also, what's with the bloated 1.4GB size? The whole point of the cloud is to prevent the user from having to store potentially large amounts of data on their own computers. Seriously, I'll bet most modern Linux Distros take up a similar amount of space. Making the suite the size of an entire OS defeats the whole purpose of cloud computing, doesn't it?
          Linux Mint OS iso is about 800 MB and includes recent versions of codecs, libre office, and a whole bunch of other programs that I don't use.
          Installed, I can't say because I have the OS broken into multiple partitions for robustness.
          But most of it seems to be executable from the live cd. It couldn't be too heavily compressed. Just saying.
          Steve33
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 23 Jun 13 05:53
            With all the freeware out there, I don't need any of adobe's products.
            If I were in a professional field for one of their products, maybe so but
            that is not the case by a long-shot.

            Last night, I downloaded a program that was supposed to be freeware, it turned out to be trialware...a bad one at that...and it left a watermark.
            It was deleted quickly...that was strange since it was also a portable program.
            TSJnachos117
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 24 Jun 13 02:20
              Sounds like you guys hear me all too well. I personally don't even use Adobe Reader, as I find it to be slower and more bloated than other PDF viewers. The one that comes prebuilt into Google Chrome seems much less CPU intensive. Sumatra PDF is also quite nice, and comes with plugins for Chorme, Firefox, and Opera (M$ Internet Ex-bloater isn't supported).

              At the end of the day, DRM and bloat both suck big time. If only most people listened to individuals like Richard Stallman, rather than whatever the TV tells them. I guess when my first grad teacher told me "TV isn't real", she really meant it.
              BradWright
              MyCE Member
              Posted on: 24 Jun 13 03:55
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
                The whole point of the cloud is to prevent the user from having to store potentially large amounts of data on their own computers.
                The whole point of the cloud is actually to provide access to your documents from anywhere, using any Internet-connected computer. It has nothing to do with what you do or don't store on your computer.
                debro
                Blown to smitherines
                Posted on: 24 Jun 13 14:04
                  Personally, I use PDFxchange viewer from Tracker Software (I hate the company name).

                  It's great because you can mark up a PDF & send it to someone, and they can see/print the markups - you can block out bits and pieces, or snapshot parts of the PDF and move them around.

                  Also, you can specify the exact zoom level when printing, which is very handy.

                  Adobe reader on the other hand, is practically useless for all of the above.
                  I believe that Adobe is trying to sell their adobe creative suite (which is >$400 here in Oz).

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