Artists got an unpleasant surprise when they opened Photoshop this week, as they were shown a pop-up window asking them to agree to new terms of service. Among the changes: Adobe now says it has the right to access customers’ content through “automated or manual methods.”

Now it’s true that when we use cloud services, we sacrifice a certain amount of privacy. And it’s not unusual for social networks, for example, to claim similar rights — when you share your photos on Facebook, you’re also giving Facebook the right to use those photos. But we’re not talking about your personal Facebook or Instagram photos; Photoshop is used by many, many professional artists for their livelihoods. They might also be working on sensitive or confidential material.


The moment you upload your data to some company cloud you no longer have control over it. They can use however the want it.

  • CosmoNova@lemmy.world
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    Affinity V2 is 50% off right now (75% if you upgrade from V1). You pay once and keep that version indefinitely. And yeah yeah I know Lemmy users will complain it‘s not open source but it‘s definitely the closest you can have to Adobe‘s core suite.

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        1 month ago

        They said they will not change the business model. Can we trust them ?

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          I’m hoping. I’ve been a Serif customer since the 00’s. Not much we can do except be very vocal, and remind Serif and Canva that if they go the Adobe route, they’ll risk becoming irrelevant. Difference is their power.

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      Thanks for the heads up. I rarely have a need for photoshop these days, but I grabbed the iPad only version of Affinity Photo just in case as it was so cheap in my region.

      I’m sure it’ll get some use. Once or twice a year I try using a combination of smartphone apps to do some editing as I can’t be bothered dusting off my old slow laptop. So this will be cool. And it still runs on older hardware. iOS 15 is still supported!

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      1 month ago

      Thank you for the info! Otherwise I would have missed the deal. The affinity suite is the best thing since Photoshop 5.0

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      1 month ago

      I see at leat one limitation, Adobe action scripts are not supported.

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        1 month ago

        Oh there are even more limitations, especially when it comes to their Photoshop counterpart Affinity Photo. There is nothing on the market that does the work as well as Photshop, but Affinity comes the closest by a long shot.

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          Affinity Photo is also superior to Photoshop in many ways. Depends on what industry you’re in.