Thursday, 3 December 2015

Lightroom 6 still available on disk

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the DVD for Adobe Lightroom 6 is still available.
Why the fuss? Many wanting to take their photo editing to the next level hold back a bit when confronted with the concept of having to rent the new 'cloud suite' software on a monthly basis from Adobe for around $10 pcm.
When you do the maths though, I guess this is not that expensive.  

We used to have to pay more than $1000 for Photoshop and $200 for Adobe Lightroom. 
New versions were released every 15 months or so. Most people I know would only upgraded their software every second or third version - although in the days of Photoshop 7/8 and Lightroom 1/2, you could not only buy an upgrade which was cheaper than the full version - but it necessary because the software had far fewer features and, in some cases, shipped with too many glitches.

So at $520 p.a. the bundle is actually good value - but most folk that use Lightroom DO NOT NEED Photoshop for the simple reason that Lr is 100% about photography.
Photoshop is only about 30% photography (the rest being all about pre-press, graphic layout, illustration, video, 3D design, and more). Still it's in the $9.99 bundle.
Or you could buy the DVD and get Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.0 - which has 99% of the things that you'd get from Photoshop (pro retouching tools, layers, text, effects, 16-bit editing, panorama stitching) - but you get to BUY it (for about $135) rather than renting it.

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