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Adobe shuts down Stock Photos

Adobe has decided to discontinue its Stock Photos service which integrated into Bridge from April 1, 2008. For ASP users, you can download the Mac and Windows unstallers that let you remove ASP from Bridge.

Adobe Stock Photos is a royalty-free image service introduced with Adobe Creative Suite 2 software in May 2005. Offering one-stop shopping from within Adobe Bridge in Creative Suite 2 and Creative Suite 3 as well as standalone CS2 and CS3 applications, Adobe Stock Photos provides a convenient way for creative professionals to search across multiple image libraries at once and purchase royalty-free images.

Adobe Stock Photos will remain fully operational, including search and comp download, until March 3, 2008. After March 3, 2008, the search feature will be disabled. Comp images downloaded before the search feature is disabled can be purchased through Adobe Stock Photos until March 31, 2008. You can also view your complete Adobe Stock Photos order history from your Adobe Stock Photos account untill March 31, 2008.

After March 31, 2008, you will no longer be able to purchase images from Adobe Stock Photos. Here are the steps you might need to take before this date:

  1. Complete your images searches by March 4, 2008.
  2. Make your final purchases by March 31, 2008.
  3. If necessary, download past purchases again and print your purchase history by March 31, 2008.
  4. When you’re ready, remove Adobe Stock Photos from your Adobe Creative Suite edition or standalone applications. Download the uninstaller: Mac | Windows
  5. Purchase Adobe Stock Photos comp images directly from the image provider if needed. Use the Adobe Stock Photos image ID converter to determine which provider offers your comp image.

Adobe director James Alexander says, “We thought we went to market with a set of features and functionality that were going to improve workflow. It was just not as compelling as we thought it was going to be.” Adobe is working to make Photoshop, Bridge, and the other Creative Suite apps much more easily extensible so that they can support whatever services customers find useful — whether from Adobe or from third parties.

  1. Adobe has delivered on their prediction of making the CS apps more easily extensible, and we have built our own free stock image browser that works in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign from a single install. You can check it out at http://www.fotolia.com/adobeplugin

    I think this is best done by third parties, not adobe, due to their potential conflict of interest (or simple inability to please everyone). They had a very political decision to make as to how to do this... supporting Microstock, or dissing it? They can't really win (does anybody remember the "print to Fedex/Kinkos" button in Acrobat?)

    Would appreciate any feedback to the plugin.

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