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In Adobe We Trust

In 2016, Adobe made a whopping $5.85 billion compared to its $4.8 billion 2015 revenue. This figure represents what the company earned from its subscriptions that seamlessly connect Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator through its Creative Cloud.

This quote is from a Forbes report from last year.  While that five billion dollar figure is staggering enough on its own, it also made me consider the deeper ramifications of the Adobe monopoly on graphic design.

Presumably, nearly every professional designer in the United States is an Adobe software user  (Okay, except for the one poor soul that uses GIMP).  But on the whole, Adobe is the clear frontrunner in software products for the digital arts.

Is this uncontested monopoly beneficial to designers? Probably not.  The emergence of a competitor in the field would most likely drop the steep prices for a Creative Cloud subscription, and might even enhance the power of the software.  As of now, this seems unlikely.  Adobe is miles ahead of any foreseeable competition, and for what it’s worth, puts out an incredible product.

So, at least for the time being, “I, for one, welcome our new Adobe overlords.”


One Comment

  1. kkeyserp wrote:

    It does seem like we have no other options besides the excellent Adobe software to make our visions come to life.

    Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink