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No more standalone version of Lightroom

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Scott Merryfield, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    LR6 didn't have any significant new features over LR5.7 that interested me. I think it comes down to whether there is equipment supported in LR6 but not in LR5.7 which you may be considering purchasing.

    In my case, I have been thinking about upgrading my Canon EOS M mirrorless body to the EOS M5, as the price on refurbished units has been dropping lately. I do not think that body is supported in LR5.7, so I am considering picking up the upgrade to LR6 while Adobe still offers it for $80. I am satisfied with my two dSLR bodies -- Canon 5D Mark 3 full frame and Canon 7D Mark 2 crop -- and have no plans to upgrade either for the foreseeable future. So a LR6 upgrade would probably get me by for at least a couple of years and give the competition more time to develop their Lightroom alternatives.

    Another part of me doesn't want to give Adobe any more money and just move on. However, I need time to figure out what I would move on to, and I'm concerned that Adobe will pull the plug on the LR6 upgrade option soon as another strong arm tactic to get people to move to their subscription model.
     
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    Adobe still offers the $80 upgrade price for LR 5 => LR 6 standalone?
     
  3. Scott Merryfield

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    Yes. It's buried on their website, but it's there. When you go to purchase the full license, there is a pull down menu where you can select the License Upgrade option for $79 plus sales tax. You actually inspired me to go ahead and buy an upgrade license while it's still available.
     
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    To answer my own question, yes, once you are on Adobe's site, you get to the complete list of products, and LR 6 is on the 11th page of products, and you select the upgrade version, which is $79. (For some reason I just saw Scott's post, otherwise I would not have posted my post). :D
     
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    You extra post poster you! :laugh:
     
  6. Scott Merryfield

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    I have started playing with the free version of DxO Optics Pro 11 that I downloaded about a month ago. While the interface is a little cumbersome to get used to if you are a Lightroom user, I like the results so far and there is a lot of automated processing within the application for straightforward conversions. It appears the only feature that is missing which I use in Lightroom is local adjustments, such as a grad ND filter. However, the newer DxO PhotoLab adds that feature. So, if I end up liking the version I am currently trying, I may spring for the PhotoLab license -- cost is $149 for the complete toolkit, or $99 for a version without a couple of tools.

    The DxO products do not have a full blown digital asset management (DAM) feature, but I really do not need that. You can easily manage a complete folder of images in one session, and that is how I use Lightroom anyway, so the lack of a complete DAM is irrelevant in my case.
     
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    I ended up buying DxO Photo Lab Elite yesterday to take advantage of the sale price, which is supposed to end on 12/25. I had played with DxO Optics Pro (the previous version) for awhile, and then downloaded the trial version of Photo Lab. I saw enough to be satisfied that the DxO application could completely replace everything I do in Lightroom. The results I am getting are at least as good, and in some cases better, than what I got using Lightroom.
     
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