I usually try not to endorse particular products in this blog. As a graphic designer, I believe I can make an exception with the Adobe design products. In my opinion, Adobe is the clear standard for design tools and anyone serious about graphic design will want Adobe software at their disposal.
When I found out what the Adobe Cloud was, I became very excited. Adobe Cloud provides the Adobe software on a subscription basis. You can subscribe to one app, such as Photoshop, for $20/month. The other cloud option is to subscribe to an annual membership, which costs $50/month. This annual commitment gives you all of the Adobe products at your disposal. You even get more software and services than you would by putting $2600 down to get the static master collection.
The question of whether the Adobe Cloud service is a better deal than the static versions is actually a difficult question. In my research I compared the prices with different static options and found it quite complicated. To sum it up, it depends on what your priorities are.
I like the subscription service because it gives me access to all of the software. My only limitation is the time I take to learn all the software (I am a print design guy primarily). The subscription service is also more appealing to me because I find it easier to budget for a $50 monthly payment than one $2600 bill (or even one $1300 bill for just the print suite). My software will always be the most up-to-date so I won’t have to worry about needing to pay for an upgrade in a few months. Probably most importantly, I am using the software often on work that isn’t just for hobby, so having the most updated versions should pay for itself month-to-month. If you are considering getting Adobe products, I would highly recommend doing research into the Adobe Cloud service for yourself and weighing the options carefully.