Or at least, I hope they finally get some competition.
Because they have just decided that I should pay $360 a year instead of about $200 every two or three years to use Photoshop. Which is totally out of the question.
Worse, they claim the early response to their subscription model has been highly favorable — when everybody I know absolutely hates the idea, because it means we’ll be paying a huge amount more money.
So; the key features missing from Gimp seem to me to be adjustment layers with layer masks (including 16-bit layers), and plugin integration. I may have to give up photography and work on photo software development for a while, or something.
(There’s also the same problem with Lightroom, and Bibble sold their great product to Corel who have ruined it and I think made it not an option for bulk processing in the future, so I have problems there, too. Well, everything will work for a little while, until I get a new camera, at least.)
I would urge everybody to do everything they can to avoid giving Adobe any more of your money, and to support viable competitors.