Originally Posted by m00min
I looked at Creative Cloud when I needed to get my own copies of Photoshop and Illustrator for web design. I didn't need any of their other apps. I ended up buying the boxed CS6, Creative Cloud's "all or one app" approach is not flexible enough.
My thing with buying boxed vs. "rented" is that with Adobe's commitment to an accelerated release schedule (a new version ever April/May), you'll end up either having to skip every other version or spend far more money to "keep up" with the latest & greatest if it's necessary for your workflow (i.e. if people send you files in the new CS version you don't have yet, which has been a thorn in my side since May).
This is versus spending $39.98 a month on the Creative Cloud plan for Illustrator and Photoshop (and for ten bucks more - I sound like a salesman, apologies) you can get access to InDesign and Acrobat (and more) as/if you need them.