Looking for a Lightroom exit strategy

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Dear Adobe,

Your Lightroom strategy is morally reprehensible and completely unacceptable. Asking people to pay $120 a year just to access their photo library is extortion! 

You are forcing me to look for an alternative raw editor and digital archive management software. 

Your inconsiderate pursuit of short-term economic self interest, essentially pure greed, is forcing me to end a 20-year relationship of supporting your company and enthusiastically using your products. This has been a hard decision to make and it leaves me feeling deeply saddened. 

I was hoping a few years ago that you would offer some way out for people who have trusted you and invested all of their creative photography work (photo editing and organizational tagging) into your Lightroom system, for example, by creating a monthly access plan or selling a perpetual license exit copy of Lightroom, but you have done neither of these things. I cannot imagine paying $120 a year (or more) for the rest of my life just to keep my photo library intact and functional.

Sincerely,
Dexter
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Dexter

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I understand how you feel, and I don't believe anything anyone writes is going to change your mind, and I am not going to try to do so. 

I do want to clarify one thing for other readers. The poster has written "$120 a year just to access their photo library" and "paying $120 a year (or more) for the rest of my life just to keep my photo library intact and functional."   In fact, after cancelling your subscription you can use Lightroom Classic for free to import photos, access and manage your photo library and create output with it. The only thing you can't do is make further edits. (I realize that this isn't sufficient for some; I just want to set the record straight.)

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Dexter

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Nowhere that I've seen does Adobe make this clear. And since it's "software as a service" the ongoing file access can be withdrawn at any time or the classic version of the program could simply be terminated. In spite of all that, if I wanted to make a few adjustments to a few photos every few years, I'd still have to pay $120 for the full year. That's why I suggested month activations, for let's say $20, the same as Adobe does for other programs.
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john beardsworth

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Try Google. See this post re Lightroom Classic:
https://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/07/what-happens-to-lightroom-after-my-membership-ends.... As others point out, it doesn't stop working, your photos aren't locked in, and you can still adjust, apply metadata, and output.
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Dexter

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What was true of LR 5.5 in 2014 is not necessarily still true of LR 8.3 in 2019.
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john beardsworth

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Very profound. But what was true of LR 5.5 in 2014 is not necessarily still true of LR 8.3 in 2019.