Well, to nobodies real surprise Adobe has declared that from now on new versions of its popular Lightroom application will join it’s subscription only CC (confusing cloud). I can’t say I’m surprised. I saw this coming three years ago when I switched from Lightroom (version 3 at the time) over to PhaseOne’s Capture One Pro (version 8).
There were a couple of reasons why I jumped ship early. One was that I don’t really like subscription services. Especially one, where if you stop paying, the software you have on your computer stops working. No thanks. I prefer to own what I have and use it as long as possible, which for the version of Capture One I have is now three years and counting with no plan to change that any time soon. It does everything I need it to and it’s payed in full and will keep on going for quite some time yet. I’m not one to change much about my work flow very often, neither software, computers, cameras or lenses. What I have works for me. As for the alleged savings of subscription services I’ve already saved money at this point relative to the $10 per month Adobe wants for it’s photography CC package. What about Photoshop you might wonder? Well most Photoshop type tasks for me consist of re-scaling images, minor tweaks or changing file formats. All this I’ve found to be easily handled by GIMP, which costs $0.
The other issue that pushed me away from Adobe was their inadequate / problematic support for Fuji X camera RAW files (.RAF). It wasn’t supported at all by my version of Lightroom so I would have had to upgrade anyway. At the time and for quite sometime afterwards Adobe's support for these files was widely considered the worst among popular imaging software packages. So combine these factors and it was easy to make the move. This also points out the flip-side of one of the supposed advantages of subscription software. With new software updates come lots of news bugs and arbitrary changes (interface, features etc.) which you may not enjoy so much. It’s not all win-win, change can be disruptive.
I’m sure there are people out there who always gotta have the latest this or that and don’t mind paying the cost, in terms of time, money and frustration. For me though I prefer to just concentrate on the images not on all the gadgets around it. If what Adobe does works for you, great. If not however, just realize there are viable alternatives.