Good News (?)for anyone interested in "SWITCHING" to Adobe CS 5.5, "50% off to switch from your current software",(until March 2, 2012).
I missed the last 50% discount for Premier Pro because I was not aware that Adobe would acceptsoftware "Switches" other than the onesspecified inthier ad, (Until I read information to the contrary,shared by videomaker forum members). I was excited to findthe software I use also applies to this current50%discount. Of course youshould verify your current software also applies, but they seem very lient, and didn't require any documentation from me.
Howeverthis belssingcomes with mixed emotions? The chat room (marketing)tells me I get "free"technical support with the purchase. From every thing I have read in theVideomaker frorum,and seen in Adobe's fourm,it is almost worth whatyou pay for it - Nothing? Just theinstallationprogramseemsto have some major glitches, (comments in theAdobe forum) and I was less than impressed by some of the responses offeredas solutions.
The chat room (marketing) alsotold mea "hard copy" of the users manual is avaliable, and would be sent to mewith purchase. Adobe's fourm comments I foundwere,"Nobody includes dead tree manuals anymore."Another comment was, "Printed manuals for some products are available through the store..." Although neither comment was made by an Adobe employee (that I could tell) I am getting very nervousabout purchasing this product even at half price.
I used the 30 day free tiral of Premier Pro last year, and inspite of the limitations of the free trial, I found it to be more than adequate for my skill level and needs. However I don't need a nightmare program that will cost me another $500 bucks in a few weeks to upgrade to another bug ridden version of CSwhich may or may notsolve the bugs of the 5.5 version.
I sense at times that users in this forum seem tolike Premier Pro, inspite of the challenges.I am looking for some confidence builders here,to make me feel like these are problems that can be productively worked through, and thatI will be more happy than discouraged with the purchase.
My decision time is limited, so I appreciate any response.