A short while ago, Adobe made an announcement many photographers (among other Adobe’s software users) found to be rather shocking. Adobe decided to stop developing Adobe Creative Suite and focus on its CC software. CC stands for Creative Cloud. Obviously, it doesn’t mean they will stop developing Photoshop and other popular programs, many of which are among the best on the market. However, CC will carry a number of changes, and, while we can safely assume most of them will be welcome, there is a huge catch. Adobe CC package will be available as subscription-only. That means, in order to use Photoshop and other CC package software, you will need to pay a monthly fee and connect to internet at least once a month (there a several varying conditions), which, for me, sounds much like… renting. We wrote an article on the topic where we discuss Adobe’s decision in more detail – suffice to say, we weren’t exactly thrilled with excitement. I must admit, though, Photoshop wasn’t the main reason for me worrying. After all, I like CS5 and CS6 fine and, with the exception of RAW support, don’t see why I’d need to update anytime soon. What I was worried about most is Lightroom. Was it to undergo the same changes?
Luckily, Adobe decided against it. Lightroom is to remain with the regular license for the foreseeable future – the team assured concerned users during a Google+ Hangout session, which you can watch below.
What is clear from the above session is that Adobe is looking into introducing more cloud-based functions into their software, but Lightroom is to remain a stand-alone application and not part of CC. Obviously, that made a lot of photographers quite happy, myself among them. For a while, though, I thought this was it for my love affair with Lightroom – I use it more or less daily and paying for it monthly would be too expensive. No need to worry now, though. A lot of Mastering Lightroom series articles are yet to come!