Lightroom: Please keep Lightroom available as a perpetual license product

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Please keep Lightroom out of the creative cloud. I really love LR and have purchased every version since I first tried LR2, but will with 100% certainty move to other choices, if I'm forced into the CC. Thank you.
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There has been a lot of scuttle-butt about whether "indefinitely" means "we could change any second, since we were so vague", or "forever, but we can't say that..".

My guess: somewhere in between, i.e. probably not anytime soon, if ever..

Yeah, Adobe will not say definitively: Lightroom *6* will be available stand-alone, but Tom Hogarty would NOT have said "indefinitely" if Lr6 were not going to be available stand-alone.

Do you predict Lr7 still available stand-alone? I do, but clearly Adobe is pushing the cloud, and there may be increasing incentives to purchase Lr6, 7, 8, 9, ... as cloud subscription, even if still available stand-alone - we'll see..
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It's interesting to look up the dictionary definitions of "indefinitely". They include:-

"If a situation will continue 'indefinitely', it will continue for ever or until someone decides to change it." - Collins

"Indefinite" is sometimes used to describe an unknowable quantity, with meaning similar to "unlimited" or "undetermined". - Wikipedia

"for a period of time with no fixed end" - Cambridge

"For a long time, no end defined" - Wiktionary

As well as the definition many are hoping for :-

"Forever" - several dictionaries

Take your pick!!

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' - from 'Through the looking glass' by Lewis Carroll.

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Far enough into the future, maybe all data and the computing power which crunches it will all be in the cloud. Access will be via terminals, and all payment will be via world-wide/normalized electronic micro-currency, or something, or not..

Adobe can not say "forever", but I think they are saying more than:

"we currently have no plans to convert to cloud/subscription-only"

and are actually saying:

"we are planning on having it available stand-alone for the foreseeable future".

I mean, Adobe could be planning for Lr8 and better to be cloud/subscription-only, but don't want to say that, lest they begin losing business now - but I really don't think that is the case, maybe I'm naive..

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Adobe has officially put Creative Suite out to pasture, making Creative Cloud the exclusive means by which consumers can acquire Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe creative applications. The move was inevitable, but not without its controversy. Confirmation of the transition comes from Adobe itself, which updated the CS6 Web page to announce that the product has been retired.

As for Lightroom, we'll see. Indefinitely is a long time
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And now we know what Tom's word is worth - LR6 is the last perpetual version.