Lightroom CC: What a mess

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I was one of LR original beta testers. I have been using LR since - all versions. I'm a photography educator. I have taught LR to hundreds of advanced amateur photographers. I know that most of my students will come to me for advice on what to upgrade to. I will not know what to tell them in simple words. You have created a mess, a big mess, bigger that the one you created when you tried to change the importing process. I have the feeling your business is going to pay very dearly for the confusion you have created. I, for one, will actively look for a LR/PS replacement and will advise my students of the outcome of my search.
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> I know that most of my students will come to me for advice on what to upgrade to. I will not know what to tell them in simple words.

This might help Sergio:

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-cc-vs-classic-features/ (there's a bunch of other linked posts for additional clarifications on the changes)
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Indeed. Certainly no rush from Adobe to dispel fears that 'Classic' is to be phased out.
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Nice overview, but it really does not help does it. Having to do such massive flowcharts is just a sympton of the mess. Adobe basically created a new program that they intent to replace the old program, but it simply not good enough yet, so they keep the old one, and as a user you have two slightly crappy programs, instead of one awesome. It's is just a classic case of losing focus, and create lot of uncertainty. Should i keep investing time in the old program that a clearly going away, so should I start using the new one that I don't know if it every will be good enough, (Come on, you can't even print!)

It reminds me of the old Apple Aperture days. While I liked the UI a lot better, I stopped using it years before it was discontinued because you could just sense the lack of focus, and I was lucky that did. Now I have that feeling again. There is no reason why Adobe could not have improve Classic and made it sync the originals to the clouds like the new Lightroom CC.
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Nice overview, but it really does not help does it. Having to do such massive flowcharts is just a sympton of the mess. Adobe basically created a new program that they intent to replace the old program, but it simply not good enough yet, so they keep the old one, and as a user you have two slightly crappy programs, instead of one awesome. It's is just a classic case of losing focus, and create lot of uncertainty. Should i keep investing time in the old program that a clearly going away, so should I start using the new one that I don't know if it every will be good enough, (Come on, you can't even print!)

It reminds me of the old Apple Aperture days. While I liked the UI a lot better, I stopped using it years before it was discontinued because you could just sense the lack of focus, and I was lucky that did. Now I have that feeling again. There is no reason why Adobe could not have improve Classic and made it sync the originals to the clouds like the new Lightroom CC.
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Lack of focus indeed!  The "new" CC seems dumbed down and limiting, to say nothing of awkward.   Call it 'something for dummies' and stay away from an excellent product.  I can shoot raw with an iphone, but the process of getting photos from an iphone to lightroom CLASSIC just makes the whole exercise a pain.
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Philip, getting raw from your iPhone to Classic is actually trivially easy. Just log on to the same account and when you shoot raw on the Phone using Lightroom mobile (now called CC) it just syncs the images straight into Lightroom Classic. Just ignore the hype about the new CC. Nothing is new here except that you now have a port of the Lightroom mobile app to desktop OS's and that you can migrate a Classic catalog completely over to CC. If you ignore the latter everything is as it used to be. LR CC is just LR mobile on the desktop.
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Dear Lightroom Executives,
It would have been so much simpler:
  • LIGHTROOM PRO: the gold standard for desktop-based photo management and editing, now faster and new, innovative features. Will always be available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • LIGHTROOM CLOUD: a new, future oriented photo management and editing program, designed to take advantage of cloud computing and ready to grow as technology advances. Available as an add-on to Adobe Creative Cloud.
You still have a limited window of time to rectify the mess you have created and explain to your customers what your Lightroom repositioning was all about. All you need is the humility to admit that you have made a mistake. But your time is running out. You may experience a massive exodus.

These are my two pennies worth of advice. My 30+ years of high-stake consumer marketing experience give me the authority to give some friendly advice.
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