Lightroom: Why two different applications?

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As if LR plus PS was not enough for some people, now we have to do comparisons between two confusingly named apps, with the "classic" one of the two sounding like it is going out of the window after some more version releases. Last time I checked if I could upload my stuff to cloud storage I found out that I need weeks and that at the same time I could hardly use my connection. Living in NYC or SF might not pose an Internet speed issue but many of us cannot use the new LR CC, even if we wanted to.

My personal opinion is that Adobe should develop cloud storage as an option in a single LR product line, so that people can gradually get to use the new features and do thing smartly. This is obviously not the case. I am sure Adobe will put its weight behind the new CC because obviously charging for cloud space is more profitable.

I think however that it is risking losing many of its current followers. I am not taking any decisions without thinking thinks over and doing comparisons, I have to say however that new software that is currently working as LR/PS plugins will soon be able to do editing and cataloging, much like Adobe software is doing now. And there will probably be migration tools as well.

With the work I am currently doing there is no way I am putting up with the exclusive cloud storage Adobe proposes, it simply cannot work. I am definitely keeping my options open and have some hope that Adobe will come to its senses before it is to late.
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Dimitrios Matsoulis

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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See "Lightroom Classic CC is designed for desktop-based (file/folder) digital photography workflows. It’s a well-established workflow solution that is distinct and separate from our new cloud-native service.  By separating the two products, we’re allowing Lightroom Classic to focus on the strengths of a file/folder based workflow that many of you enjoy today, while Lightroom CC addresses the cloud/mobile-oriented workflow." The new Lightroom CC also focus on the ease of use. The professional photographers who wants all the Lightroom Classic capabilities to support their own very specific workflows have no appetite for a streamlined experience that reduce their ability to get things done quickly and efficiently. 

Note that the team had tried a new streamlined Import UI in Lr 6.2 and while some people liked it, many didn't. The team heard it loud and clear. The availabiltiy of this two versions of Lightroom allows each to aggressively address the needs two customer segments. Having said that, Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC share much of the same key components code and developers.
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Ronald Byram

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Lightromm Classic is for High Volume DSLR users. (US)  Lightroom CC is for Camera Phone people that only take smaller amount of photo's..  While I say this example Ive taken 85k pictures this year. a buddy has only taken a thousand.  I'm staying with Classic
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Akshay Mathur, Employee

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Yes, that is what I make out of these two names .
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The naming is confusing but LrCC is great for someone like me.

Ok, I am only a hobbyist and mainly take and share Photos for the extended family. You are probably close on the number of photos but not the method as I use dSLR.

I don’t really require the complexity of Classic.
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Les Cornwell

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"I don’t really require the complexity of Classic"  But this is only the 1st version of CC & Adobe have said they will be developing it to include the missing features so eventually it will be as complex as Classic (and possibly replace it)...