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?
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Click the "Free Trial" link at the top of the page
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.
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!
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:
Had to install the trial version by using “Run as administrator” to get it installed without errors.
Had to apply the config.lua file GPU fix to keep it from crashing.
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.)
Would have been happier if I could buy a perpetual license.
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".