Thoughts on migrating to On1 Photo Raw 2018?

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Now that it's been confirmed on the Adobe Community forum that Adobe won't be keeping their promise to continue to offer and maintain a perpetual-license version of Lightroom (i.e., no Lightroom 7 that you can just buy once and not have to pay an ongoing subscription fee for), I'm about to jumping ship to other software. Photography is just a casual hobby for me, and I have no interest in a subscription model.

 

I've come across On1 Photo Raw 2018, which appears on its surface to be very similar to LR and to have most if not all of the features of LR6 -- and it's significantly less expensive to buy (and is available for one-time purchase with free updates for one year). I've been very loyal to Adobe until now, but now that Adobe has stopped being loyal to me, I think I might be done with them.

 

I know that I won't be able to access my existing edits from LR in On1, but I'll still have my current (old) version of LR if I ever need to tweak anything from my existing catalog, and I can export developed versions of my photos from LR and tweak them further in On1 if I need to. I also know that On1 doesn't have a Book module, but I can use the separate Blurb program for that. (There's also no Web module, but I have no use for it.)

 

Is there anything else I should know before I make the jump to On1? Has anyone here had any experience with the program or with the company, either good or bad?

 

And also before I make the jump, is there any chance at all that Adobe will change their mind and finally offer a perpetual license for LR7? I would hate to dump LR only to find out a month or two later that the reason I left no longer applies, because all other things being equal, I would certainly stay with Adobe if I could.

 

Thank you.

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  • so disappointed in Adobe that there's no LR7 perpetual

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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I completely understand that you’re upset by the changes, but do you really think this is the place to be asking for advice about competitors? Would you walk into a car dealership and start asking people about another manufacturer? Or into an Apple store and start asking customers about Android devices?

In answer to your question, I strongly doubt they’ll change their minds about perpetual. I could be wrong, but it’s pretty unlikely.
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You've heard people going round the store asking other customers about those things? Interesting. It still doesn't feel like the right place to me, but we're each entitled to our own opinion.
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I live in the UK and I see nothing at all wrong with asking another customer in a Ford dealership for example about their Vauxhall car. We are customers? We can do what we like? It's up to the company that is selling something to persuade us to buy it, it is not up to them to stop us discussing alternatives. Thankfully we don't actually live in such a weird dystopian world where such things are prevented.. yet...
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Adobe should know that their new purchase model are causing people to consider jumping ship. That is valuable information that every company needs to know, unless they like to wait until it is too late. Of course, this is only a small blip unless more customer voice their opinions either online or with their wallets.

 
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I also don't feel like this is a the wrong place to ask because they designed these forms to ask questions. Where else would you ask a group of lightroom users about other products other than here..........

Also, if adobe didn't like this, they would have their moderators delete the post and give people a warning. 

So I do see what you mean, but it also gives people to provide feedback from what they like about light room vs other products. 

Nothing wrong with a healthy debate 
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I also don't feel like this is a the wrong place to ask because they designed these forms to ask questions. Where else would you ask a group of lightroom users about other products other than here..........

Also, if adobe didn't like this, they would have their moderators delete the post and give people a warning. 

So I do see what you mean, but it also gives people to provide feedback from what they like about light room vs other products. 

Nothing wrong with a healthy debate 
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The issue for many users I have contact with is they are happy to keep using the perpetual version as they do not use Photoshop.  As the perpetual version will no longer be sold a great number of amateur photographers will be looking for an alternative.  Asking others about alternative products in this forum is, I believe, quite reasonable as  1. the readers of the forum are exactly the people we need to get opinions from, and 2. if Adobe read these forums and realise the number of potentially lost users they may change their minds about discontinuing the perpetual licence model.

If they continue the perpetual licence model the questions about competing products may will end, especially when Adobe have addressed the performance issues introduced with the latest version.