Lightroom Classic: Back to Perpetual License from Classic - Please share your learnings & gotchas

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I've given up on Adobe proactively releasing stable, bug free LR Classic CC.  I'm considering going back to LR Perpetual License to retain access to my current library and RAW edits.

If you have transitioned back to Perpetual from LR 7.2 (or later), can you share your learnings / surprises / regrets / etc.

I'm running Windows 10, but would like to hear about other platforms too - especially Apple.

Thanks in advance,
Art Davis
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dmeephd

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I believe that Adobe released their FINAL update for the perpetual license back in October 2017, so we are prety much screwed if this is the choice we want to make.  No updates, no bug fixes, and profiles would have to be downloaded from ACR and copied over to the LR profiles folder.

Adobe is forcing us to use the subscription model, and then they push out beta-level code for the users—paying $20 per month or more—to test and debug whilst LR becomes sometimes completely unusable.
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dmeephd,
Thanks for the history.  I am aware that I'm taking a step back in time and that I may lose some of the later 'better-than-sliced-bread' improvements in LR.

My goals in going back to the Perpetual License are:
1)  Maintain access to my catalog of ~100K images,
2)  Maintain access to my LR edits of RAW images,
3)  Not have to deal with pre-beta software releases,
4)  Move to another image management & RAW edit platform for the future. (This last goal is outside the scope of my posted question.)

Again, thanks for your response.
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Another question:  Do you use Photoshop, just LR?
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Both, and I went ahead and upgraded to the mosr recent version of Photoshop as I always had, for it—at least to me, and i am not a PS expert—to be far less buggy and had far less performance issues than LR.

However, now I'm seeing a lot of the same problems, and this forum/blog is ample testimony to that, which LR has.  Clearly, the software developers at Adobe have fallen down on the job.

Performance should not be an issue for me: I have a MacPro with a 3.5GHz, 6-core processor, 128GB RAM, two graphics processors each with 6 (or is it 8) GB of VRAM, and 80TB of external Thunderbolt drives.

Performance has improved after I switched off from my MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, but it still sucks compared to other applications in similiar veins.   And LR has serious memory leakage (i.e., garbage collection) issues.  I can leave it on overnight, idling, doing not a damn thing, and by morning it will have gobbled up 60GB of RAM.  Doing not a damn thing!
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Other platforms:
Since Adobe editing algorithms and metadata saves are proprietary it will likely be a cold day in a very hot place before other software will be able read it. 
Seems that the choices are:  1) Grid and bear it - i.e., Pay Adobe; or 2) Make the change and suffer the transition.
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Yes, I know.  Perhaps professional photographers can get together and enjoin Adobe into a class-action lawsuit.  Wouldn't be the first time a software developer got hoisted by their own petards in federal court; e.g. Microsoft.
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Well, that is both a terrific idea (which I'm sure a smart attorney will latch onto), and it made me chuckle. 
It would serve Abode right.  They were (and promote themselves to be) world leaders - more like vandals destroying their own product and reputation. 
Shame on them.  And shame on us that pay for their ransom-ware.
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Hi. I'm using 7.2 and I have none of the issues you seem to be having... I have 650,000+ in my catalog. Win7 Pro, 12mb ram, on 6 different hard disks (don't ask)
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John,
Just FYI.  I thought 7.2 was terrific. 

Then after 'upgrading' to 7.3 and having a plethora of issues, I rolled back to 7.2.  The roll back inherited some of the file management problems that 7.3 introduced.  Not a happy situation.

My advice, if you're on 7.2, stay there until Adobe can fix what it broke.