Photoshop And Whole Creative Cloud Already Cracked And Pirated

Adobe’s entire new Creative Cloud suite has already been cracked, and it appears to be just as easy to do as it was for the old non-cloud version. Crackers have already made the tools available, just days after the official release.

Many though that the Creative Cloud would mean an end to app piracy. Instead of just buying a version of Photoshop or another app, you subscribe to the suite, paying Adobe forever instead of just once. It’s like the cellphone carriers’ contracts, only for software, and the suite phones home to Adobe periodically to check that you’re keeping up with your payments.

The trouble is, Adobe has to let you download the actual app to run on your computer. And this app can be cracked.

According to legend (and probably to some real numbers I can’t be bothered to look up right now) Photoshop is the most pirated software ever. Some say that this is the reason that it is still ubiquitous in the design and photo industries, the idea bing that poor students steal it, then learn it inside out, and then pay for it (or demand that their bosses pay for it) when they start work.

It’s a nice cosy theory that probably helps many people justify their actions, and it may even be true. Either way, it’s going to continue up until Adobe can actually keep all code locked up on its servers and you pay to run Photoshop in your browser.

  • washait

    Well done people. Adobe knows that there’s no future if they wi’ll make photoshop through web app :) The know and trying to avoid it

  • Harvey Lubin

    Adobe’s Photoshop and other Creative Suite apps have always been absurdly overpriced. These apps are industry standards, and most people wanting experience using them to qualify for employment just can’t afford to buy them. It’s a catch 22.

    Adobe must be fully aware that these apps are being pirated, but have been accepting this for the past 20 years because they realize that this does eventually lead to purchased copies of the apps by people who land creative jobs and their employers.

    Allowing pirating to persist has been good business for Adobe. They realize that the people who pirate the apps could not afford to buy them, so Adobe hasn’t lost sales. But by allowing non-customers to use their products, the learning and exposure to Adobe apps does lead to purchases and new customers in the long run.

    Adobe could have discouraged pirating by lowering the prices to something reasonable and affordable… but they haven’t done this. At some point the management at Adobe must have weighed the idea of dropping prices to increase sales, but it seems obvious that doing this would be a much less lucrative option than the status quo.

  • bregalad

    I don’t believe for a second that piracy of Photoshop is within an order of magnitude of the piracy of Windows and Office, especially during the Win 3.1-98 days when Windows spread like wild fire through the developing world. Some countries had piracy rates above 95% and while a few people would have been using Photoshop everyone was running Windows. Microsoft loved it because it meant truly free software like Linux would never catch on. Once firmly established as the platform you had to run if you wanted to do business with the western world, Microsoft introduced activation. Today there are truly free solutions from big American companies like Google threatening Microsoft’s dominance, but I’m sure piracy of both Windows and Office remains above the level of Photoshop.

  • MamaGaea

    Can someone PLEASE fix the spelling errors on this article and site? I have been finding too many errors while reading this site and you would think Cult of Mac would want to be a bit more professional than this.

  • hswylie

    You need to use spell check before posting and then proof read what you checked.

  • lasvideo

    More than 37,000 folks have signed.They don’t like Adobe CC licensing.Show @Adobe how you feel. https://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

    Another more fiscal way to show @Adobe you dont like the CC licensing scheme.http://adobe2014.tumblr.com #adobe2014?

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