In a post by Software Media Blog, an authorized Adobe Reseller for over a decade, physical boxed copies of Adobe’s Creative Suite will no longer be available after April 30th, 2013. The company will instead transition to a digital-only distribution model.
While Adobe has yet to make an official announcement to this effect, Mike Chambers, a Adobe spokesperson, posted the following excerpt from a company FAQ:
Why is Adobe discontinuing boxed copies of Creative Suite?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. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available – as they are today – from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners.
Adobe started promoting its Cloud-based subscription model since May of last year and the end of boxed copies can be seen as a move to drive more people to it. In the meantime, users will still have the option to buy the complete set electronically using a one-time payment. According to vendor TechFarm, physical back-up media for Creative Suite packages will be available, but at an additional cost.