I have been using LR since v2... and have upgraded all along to the "end of life" version 6. It's a wonderful product, process, and all that. I'm not a professional digital photographer, just an avid home, recreational user that has been able to organize, edit, and manage thousands of photos using LR.
The initial purchase price and a couple of upgrades over the years has always been one of its strong points and continued to make me a loyal user. But now... the cost of upgrading to the "cloud" version is extremely significant, I would say punitive. $10/ month? I bought it outright for less than $150!! Factor in those upgrades, we're still talking much less then a few hundred dollars. For the subscription, that would only be a couple of years (and, remember, I've been using LR for 10 years...).
I understand Adobe is moving to a cloud based subscription model. I just think this is such a dramatic change in cost, there needs to be a better option, especially for the home user, not the professional.
I don't want or need the online storage from Adobe. If that's what is driving the cost, can't Adobe offer a less expensive subscription w/out device synching and online storage? C'mon, make it easy for me to do this.
Is there any thoughts on how to get this message bubbled up to Adobe? Any others wrestling with this over bearing cost?
I hate the thought of eventually losing all the work I've put into my 10 years of catalog(s).
Again, to be clear, what I'm advocating is for Adobe to offer a less expensive LR subscription option to make it more "on par" (economically) for those that have been using LR desktop for a long time.
I don't need Photoshop. I don't need online storage. I don't even need a mobile version.
I do want a *supported* version of LightRoom that will keep on working.
The target audience here is a home user, the casual/recreational photo person, the person with a thousand iPhone and other photos organized and tagged and otherwise managed in LR. Not the "pro" or even semi-pro digital commerce user.