I don't have 7 things to say about the next Photoshop. There are hundreds of shitty blog posts masquerading as a.) tech reviews or b.) tech punditry which paste lines straight from Adobe's press release. They add maybe (MAYBE) some commentary (It's SO FAST! It's SO GRAY! Three levels of gray! ALL THE GRAY!). Add an SEO-friendly headline and BOOM—start raking in the pageviews.
At the time of this writing, there is zero analysis out there on the new DRM structure. It seems you'll have to have an Adobe ID and that your activations will be tied to that. Right now, my own Adobe ID has all my order history, all my registered products, my personal profile, and order and payment information. I have never used it unless I needed to post a question on the forums.
It's clear that Adobe is pushing it's "Creative Cloud" concept as a way to get some more cash. I mean provide more solutions for creatives. Seems to me that Adobe is looking to get on the Big Data bandwagon... if they have reliable information about every single human who uses their product, they can better figure out how to sell them more stuff.
No big surprises here, it's important for businesses to know who their customers are. The problem I have is that I don't like being compelled to share information. If the Creative Cloud turns out to be something useful that I want to participate in, that's one thing. Dropbox? I'm in. iTunes Match/iCloud? Very very in. But to say "OK, starting now, you have to be a part of our data infrastructure to even use our tool," that I'm not so interested in.
Cue the armchair software libertarians. Well If you don't like it just don't use it. Shut up. I work in a world completely different from your mom's basement where no one cares if you use GIMP to make NOBAMA banners.
Though I don't believe in fetishizing software for instruction, I do feel like I have a responsibility to at least acknowledge professional common practice workflows when I'm teaching students. Right now that means Photoshop. This particular DRM strategy reads as a boardroom decision of "we're not growing our user base, so we have to extract everything we can from the users that we think that we know we have."
And that reeks of desperation.