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.