There are a few real advantages to going subscription mode in software. *Particularly* if you are using the program in an actual job. For one thing, you never have to buy an upgrade. Just download and install it when it's available (if your OS will run it, that is). I am under the impression that the cost of the subscription can also be written off as a business expense for tax purposes. As to the Adobe stuff; compared with the price of the upgrades of the old perpetual license versions, it really does about break even. Especially if you use more than one of their programs. You do have to have a functioning internet connection, since the program connects to the mother ship to check on your subscription status when you launch it. The subscription comes with a number of additional resources as well. But I have to admit that I don't keep up with those. The downside mainly has to do with the inevitable obsolescence of one's hardware/OS/software. I signed up for CC at its outset since we were offered a very sweet deal (first year free) at the PhotoshopWorld where it was first announced. And I've been on the student plan ever since (twice the price of Photoshop only, but I use something like four of their main programs on a regular basis, so maintaining the upgrades had been pricy). However, I was still clinging to SnowLeopard when I signed on, so I couldn't use all of the CC versions of the programs that I used, because they demanded Lion or later. Mojave is likely to throw another such cat among the pigeons this fall. I just had a day from hell moving my old CS versions of key Adobe programs onto my old legacy machine in anticipation of that.