It has literally been years since Rolling Rook Studio did any work for a client using an Adobe product. We really don’t miss it. It has been very liberating not having to rely on the cloud.
Not all designers can pull it off though. It’s pretty easy for us, since we primarily do logo and illustration work. We don’t do websites, video, animation or 3D graphics (we’ll leave those for the young whippersnappers), so we don’t really need Adobe. Our work is provided to our clients and their printers/promotional products companies via digital files. We provide PDFs (vector when able) and PNGs (lossless) files for the web.
It’s nice to actually own the software for a one-time fee of less than $50 (each), and not spend $400-$1200/year just to rent it. Sure, you get things like the cloud, but try and convince a small business person to go look at work on the Cloud. Most of the time, they would ather you just email them small files. Let’s face it, it’s just much quicker than opening and email, clicking a link and waiting for your browser to open a website.
Although they are not affiliated with Rolling Rook Studio in any way, right now is a great time to buy Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo (or both) for about $40 each, during their 20% sale! If you’re a designer, why not give it a try!