Common sense has prevailed and Adobe have phased in the change in their Creative Suite upgrade policy. As John Nack writes in New upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers “The whole story is clumsy” but:

I’m pleased to say that Adobe has announced a new introductory upgrade offerfor customers using CS3/CS4:

  • The old deal: If you were on CS4 or earlier at the time CS6 shipped, getting a subscription would be the only way to upgrade to CS6.
  • The new deal: If you’re on CS3 or CS4 when CS6 ships, you’ll have until the end of 2012 to upgrade to CS6.  You can of course choose a subscription option, and we think you’ll want to.
  • Bottom line: During 2012, you don’t have to buy CS5 just to buy CS6.