Lightroom CC needs to be less dumbed down

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I recently got Lightroom CC, after not using the original Lightroom for about 2 years. I was very disappointed. The new Lightroom did not have the abililty to batch export photos with watermarks. I find that Lightroom CC is dumbed down the way Apple removed many features when they went from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut X. Simplifying these programs makes it difficult for professionals to execute their vision and the reason we look to these products is for their versatility. 

It does not appear Lightroom CC lets you upload a watermark/image. I don't want to just type out text that gets stamped on to photos, I want to be able to upload a logo, or something like that, and choose where it's placed, adjust opacity, etc.

It's also ridiculous to me that Lightroom CC simply has  "save" feature and does not offer different file format or resizing options when exporting. Simplifying a photo app like this is counter productive. 

I posted these thoughts on Twitter, and an Adobe customer service person told me to post my feedback on this site. So here it is. Adobe, please make Lightroom CC have more of the features seen in the old "Develop" section of the original app.

Thanks.
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Jens Stadsgaard

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Have you tried Lightroom Classic, that is the successor to the old Lightroom.

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Ryan Geary

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I didn't see any option to download a different version. Maybe when you sign up for the free trial for Lightroom that's the default one? But thanks for pointing that out.
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Jens Stadsgaard

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Depending on your plan. 

If you have the photography plan, then you have Lightroom Classic too(and Photoshop) .  Just install it from the cloud app. 

If you have the lightroom plan, then you only have Lightroom CC. 

And there are trails of both programs. 
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Sounds like you are using the cloud version rather than the fully functional desktop version.
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Ryan Geary

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I didn't see any option to download a different version. Maybe when you sign up for the free trial for Lightroom that's the default one? But thanks for pointing that out.
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Being "dumbed down" is the whole point of Lightroom Cc. It's Lightroom Lite.

Lightroom CC is not designed for heavy m-duty editing workflow.

Lightroom CC is for making quick simple adjustments to a few photos on your laptop. Use Lightroom CC when you're at the coffee shop with your client and she wants to see If this photo would look better cropped here, or if that one were lightened a little. Use CC when you're at your hotel in San Diego and eight need to edit and post a couple of ComicCon shots to your blog.

Back at your desk now? With your multiple color corrected screens, your RAID, and your graphics tablet? Use Lightroom Classic. It's designed to be the hub of your photography workflow, organizing your library, preparing your output for print or screen. But especially as the center of your editing workflow, coordinating all the back-and-forth did Photoshop and the other editing tools you use.

It has all the features you remember from Lightroom 4 or 5 or wherever you left off, plus a ton that have been added since.

You don't need a backhoe to stir your coffee, and you don't want to dig a swimming pool with a spoon.
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Yes, classic has all of that..... It is a great program.... I know in 2019 its all about the cloud.... but there is no  reason to use it.. Just use classic, it is great.