I have both the TCS4 and the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Cloud offers so many features (way beyond the Master Suite) it is hard to say no (of course, that is Adobe's hope...).
There are two program that overlap (Acrobat and Illustrator), but I would use the Cloud versions to get as-they-are-released updates. Watch out for installing Acrobat XI if you use LiveCycle Designer for forms--it is no longer included with Acrobat. You can keep Acrobat X installed from the TCS (you always have the option of not upgrading software from the Cloud). Unfortunately, the TCS subscription is $69 per month if signing up for the year; definitely not as good as bargain as the Cloud. I wish Adobe would offer ALL the programs in the Cloud (but I guess Mac users would be upset over not being able to use Frame and RoboHelp). I recommend getting the maintenance plan for the TCS if your purchase method allows it. My plan covers two years of updates--there will surely be 4.5 and 5 versions. David Creamer IDEAS Training http://www.ideastraining.com Adobe Authorized Instructor & Certified Expert since 1995 Authorized QuarkXPress Instructor and Certified Expert since 1988 -------------------- Fellow Framers, I know that many of you use other Adobe products in addition to Framemaker and I'd like to know your experience if you are using Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription for them. I will be upgrading from TechCommSuite 2 to TCS4, so the programs that come with TCS4 will be taken care of. However, I also use InDesign, Freehand, and Photoshop. For $50/month to subscribe to the annual plan for Adobe's Creative Cloud, it seems like a bargain to be able to maintain current updates to all three of those products plus a whole slew of others that I don't currently use. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what they are offering; let me know. And I'm also concerned about gotchas that might make me wish I'd never committed to a year-long plan that covers so many of the tools that my business relies on. What if something goes wrong with one of them? I'll be making my decision about this in the next week or so and would like to hear as many of your stories and experiences as possible.