Aperture academic?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kingsly, May 10, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    I Just got the academic version of aperture in the mail today, and there is this big sticker that says "Academic version, not elegible for upgrades" ?:confused: :eek:?!! What!? It never said this on my FCE boxes, and upgrades (the $99 ones) worked fine. Is this some new über secret plan of Apple's?

    What's going on??
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Don't know specifically about Apple, but it is pretty general policy across the software industry that your discounted educational software is not eligable for reduced cost upgrades to newer commercial versions.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If you are not happy with this policy return your software and buy the full fat, upgradable and probably vastly more expensive version!
  4. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040


    I was just confused because my edu. FCE never limited me in such a way. I have purchased the last two major upgrades, and they both worked fine.
  5. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    I think that people were buying Academic software and using it to manipulate / take unfair advantage of Apple's upgrade programs.
  6. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    I agree that it's a crappy policy. With some apps they make that pretty clear before you buy it, but doesn't seem to be consistent.

    As far as I'm concerned it makes the academic versions pretty worthless. I'd probably stick with the "real" versions.
  7. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    How can you say its worthless? In most cases buying a new academic version is cheaper than the retail upgrade. So nomatter how many times you upgrade you always get away paying less then retail. This is also true with retail versions of software suites such as adobe creative suite and macromedia stuio. The retail suite doesn't have an upgrade, you have to buy seperate upgrades which adds up to more than buying the suite again.
  8. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040


    I see your point here but if the aperture upgrade is $99 and I have to pay another $149 instead... I don't know... *grabs calculator*

    Edit: I added it all up. Yes, I save money purchasing the acedemic version (the hypothetical aperture 2) all over again than purchasing the "real" version and the upgrade. :)

    Edu. Aperture 1: $149 + Aperture 2 $149 = $298

    Aperture 1: $299 + Aperture 2 upgrade: $99 = $398
  9. karimlogue macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    Aperture 3 Academic: the worse deal

    If you intend to upgrade to Aperture 3 when it's released, and if Apple offers another $99 upgrade for full-version users, then it's actually a worse deal to purchase the academic version of Aperture 2. While full-version users will be able to upgrade, it seems that academic users will have to purchase an entirely new program.

    Assuming the same pricing for A3:

    EDU: Aperture 2 + Aperture 3 = $179 + $179 = $358
    Regular: Aperture 2 + Aperture 3 upgrade = $199 + $99 = $298.

    I teach math and use photography in my class, and would very likely upgrade to A3. Apple's pricing seems rather strange, then, as it ironically makes it MORE expensive for educators (and students) to continue to use the newest technology.

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