Link for Free Trial Version of Lightroom Classic CC

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I'm a LR 6.12 user (i.e., stand alone version).  Before I buy/subscribe to Lightroom Classic CC, I want to make sure that the performance of exporting large numbers of photos in one batch (say 500 to 1000 at a time), has improved over LR 6.12.  What's the link to download a free trial version of Lightroom Classic CC? 

Frank

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I would expect the export performance of Lightroom Classic CC to be roughly the same as LR 6.12 because the two had the same optimization. The raw speed improvements would show in the future Lightroom Classic CC updates.
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To try Lr Classic go to this page:
https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html

Click the "Free Trial" link at the top of the page
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There is no such "button"
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The "Free Trial" link is not there if you are signed in to your Adobe account. You will see a "Download" button instead. 
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Thanks - I signed out then opened this page and as you say, I then see the Free Trial button.

There's still no way before entering the buying process to find out how long the trial lasts. I carefully Googled that question and none of the several replies were relevant.

Although I'm not interested in a free trial for myself, I have several classes starting in January and want useful info for my students.

I remember hearing/reading that the time was severely cut back from 30 to 7 days. Can you fill me in, and maybe tell me where Adobe makes that current information available ??? Thanks. DKD
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The current trial period is 7 days for the Creative Cloud apps. It is not readily apparent on our web site but here is a link you can share that talks about it:

http://blogs.adobe.com/adobecare/2016/05/09/update-on-creative-cloud-trials/
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Thanks very much !! DKD
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Thanks Rick & Simon for your replies.

I tried installing the free trial of LR Classic CC, but got "error 50".  I ran the uninstall of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app to clear the first error as suggested in the help link.  Ran the install again but got error P50.  I don't have time to try again this week.  Nevertheless, any suggestions to get free trial version of LR Classic CC to install when I try again will be appreciated. 

Frank

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Does your system meet the minimum system requirements?

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/system-requirements.html
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Had some time & tried the LR Classic CC trail install again several time and was able to get it installed by run it as "Run as administrator" (even though my ID is an admin). 

Then ran an export of 834 photos of a wedding I did on 10/07 using an LR 6.12 converted catalog.  The run time were identical, 2Hr. 35 Min. or so, LR 6.12 vs LR Classic CC,  just like Simon had suggested it would be.  I guess the good news is that LR Classic CC didn't get any slower, if that's any consolation.  Hopefully the next LR Classic CC update will improve export performance.  Exporting hundreds of wedding & event photos in a timely manner is critical to my work flow.  (It seems to me that LR 4's export engine was so much faster; no data to back this claim up however).

I have an event to shoot tomorrow 10/21 and will try my editing work flow using this event.  My hope is that LR Classic CC will be more responsive/faster and will work better with my GPU & 4K UHD monitor than LR 6.12.  I plan to finish editing this event by Wednesday if all goes well and will report back then.  If importing & editing are a lot more responsive/faster, I guess I'll subscribe just to speed-up my editing work flow & to stay current, even though exporting didn't improve at all.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Frank      

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For speed, you should give the new Embedded & Sidecar workflow that is in Lr Classic CC a try https://www.lightroomqueen.com/whats-new-lightroom-classic-october-2017-70/.
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I tested my work flow using the trial version of LR Classic CC and my 10/21 shoot of about 1100 photos.  Given my experience with LR 6 and all its updates to LR 6.12, bottom line is, LR Classic CC works better for both importing & editing.  But still, editing is a little sluggish for the edits I do.  None-the-less, a welcome improvement over LR 6.12.  So I guess I will subscribe to Classic CC.

LR Classic CC (7.0) side notes:

  1. Had to install the trial version by using “Run as administrator” to get it installed without errors.

  2. Had to apply the config.lua file GPU fix to keep it from crashing.

  3. Wish it was faster exporting.  (Keeping my fingers crossed that export performance will improve to say twice as fast in the next update, hopefully in a couple months or so.)

  4. Would have been happier if I could buy a perpetual license.

  5. Will try the new Embedded & Sidecar work flow while editing my next shoot (Thanks Simon for the tip!);  reason being, wanted to keep my current work flow so I could compare "apples to apples". 

    Frank