Not a fan of the cloud, well I doesn’t look like you’ll have a choice. Adobe is planning on making it’s Creative Suite and Acrobat products only available through their subscription service.
Jackie Dove of TechHive confirmed the plans and quoted an Adobe rep
As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite and Acrobat products will continue to be available—as they are today—from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners. We are in the process of notifying our channel partners and customers, as plans solidify in each region.
Obviously we are moving away from packaged software however it seems that with the added bonus of a digital download we aren’t getting much in the way of a reduced price. All that packaging would have cost a pretty penny a lot more than the cost of serving the file.
As part of the creative suite Photoshop is of course included how do you feel about this?