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Adobe CC 2015 Sees Enormous Update That Brings Enormous Smiles – Except for Stand-Alone Lightroom Users

By Kishore Sawh on June 16th 2015

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It’s a big day for the Adobe camp as they have released updates to all the primary Adobe Creative Cloud applications. That’s 15 application updates – grasp that if you can. For months now, Adobe has been revealing hints of updates for their apps and today they’ve made good on them all.

Illustrator is purported now to be 10x faster than the previous version, Premiere Pro gets a massive update with updates like Time Tuner and Enhanced Clip support and Morph Cut; After Effects has Face Trackers and allows for their character Animator (Preview) to animate and bring 2D figures to life with your webcam; and there’s so much more for these and other apps.

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For us photographers, Lightroom and Photoshop have not been left hanging dry, so here’s what’s new:

Lightroom

Haze Adjustment: In Lightroom CC on your desktop, the new Dehaze feature lets you use a single slider to control the amount of atmospheric haze in your photos. Remove excess haze to recover color and contrast, or add haze to create an artistic effect.

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Quick, Easy, & Effective Adjustment of Black & White Levels: We now get more precise control over the brightest and darkest parts of your photos when making local adjustments in Lightroom CC on your desktop. White and black sliders are now available in the graduated filter, radial filter, and adjustment brush

Moving Of Images From Elements to Lightroom: Transferring your photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom on your desktop is easier than ever. Information from your Elements catalogs, including photo ratings and people tags, stay preserved in Lightroom.

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Lightroom Mobile

There’s certainly been significant time and effort spent to take Lightroom Mobile to another tier with this update. There’s a new Color/B&W adjustment tool for precise color management, and finally a new Tone Curve adjustment which is going to be huge for users like me who are in love with managing curves. There’s also the ability to now alter video on the go and control over vignettes.

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Photoshop

More Realistic Blur: Add monochromatic, or color noise to your Blur Gallery effects to better match your original image — and to reduce banding when viewing and printing.

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Upgrades to the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tools: All of these have been tweaked with Mercury Graphics Engine enhancements. See your Healing Brush results in real time, and get Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tool results that are up to 120X faster than they were in CS6. If these performance enhancements actually can be seen in real usage, portrait retouchers will wipe tears of joy today.

Enhanced Content Aware Fill: Check one box to have Content-Aware Fill automatically fill in the edges of your stitched panoramas. This enhancement should see content aware behave better in uses outside of panoramas also.

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Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 Update: The same black and white level adjustment improvements and haze features seen in Lightroom will now be seen in ACR.

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*It should be noted here that if you choose to update Photoshop to CC 2015 it will wipe the extensions from previous versions of the program since Adobe has cut the life of their Extension Manager. If this is not something you want to happen, the only solution at this time seems to be to select ‘Advanced’ in the update window and uncheck the box that would remove all prior versions.*

[REWIND: ADDING A MATTE LOOK IN LIGHTROOM IS AS EASY AS A KARDASHIAN & NEARLY AS OVERDONE]

For anyone with a CC subscription, all of this is welcomed, but there seems to be no update support for the latest stand alone version of Lightroom 6, even though it’s relatively new – less than 2 months old if memory serves. No doubt the outrage at this will be louder than the applause, but Adobe has constantly reminded users that CC will be what gets the frequent updates, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bob Rebecca

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  2. Bob Rebecca

    You can still get Adobe CS6 Master Collection for $151.00 which you own and only pay once for not lease as with the Adobe CC CLOUD SUBSCRIPTION. Check it out here
    http://perfect-shareware.com/adobecs6masterspecialoffer.htm

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  3. John Cavan

    Finally got a chance to play with the dehaze feature with some Grand Canyon shots. Seems to work as advertised, I’m quite impressed with the results. I think landscape shooters are going to like it. I know I won’t miss futzing with the levels panel to do it.

    On the plugin front… I copied the files from 2014 over without any problems and that includes the OnOne, Nik and Topaz suites. OnOne’s panel has disappeared and a quick check on their site suggests that it’s done for on 2015 and up, so need to remember to go to the Automate menu to use it. Bit of a pain, but I’ll survive.

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  4. Kenneth Hoegh

    Diden’t Adobe say something about Lightroom 6 was the last stand alone version, and forward it would only be CC? If that was the truth then the argument to buy the product when they release a whole new major release version… seems a bit useless ?

    But again I’m not sure I just think that was, what they said.

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  5. Leslie Troyer

    I’m just looking forward to when I have time to sit in front of a monitor at home and check out all the new features. I have several photo’s for the de-haze filter. Maybe I can justify a few hours on Fathers day..

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  6. Graham Curran

    If I buy a car outright I don’t get any upgrades when the next model comes out whereas if I lease one then I can upgrade at the renewal date. If you buy the software then you are buying as is – you know what to expect – and upgrades (rather than bug-fixes) are a bonus. Whether a company gives free interim (point) upgrades is down to their marketing department. Capture One gives free interim upgrades and reduced rate version updates for existing users. Basically you pay your money and take your choice.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Exactly, and for this very reason the customers have a choice between buying a car and leasing one. I would not want any car manufacturer to remove one of the choices.

      Some like to buy, some like to lease. Each have their advantages and disadvantages for the individual which may differ between individuals.

      I am not understanding why some people seem to be anti-choice in this matter.

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    • seoras logan

      Thomas,

      Quite right but Adobe aren’t giving a choice, except with Lightroom and then they are trying to leverage people with little extras to move to their leased/rented version.

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  7. David Faulkner

    On the question of extension integration being wiped by this upgrade, I lost my integration with OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. The solution was to re-download and re-install it. (No uninstall required.) In case anyone’s having problems, I hope that helps.

    My bugbear with the upgrade was Camera Raw. I was looking forward to moving from 9.0 to 9.1 for the dehaze tool. However, the upgrade regressed me to version 8.0, which does not even support my Nikon D750! I spent a long time online with an Adobe staff member, and I allowed him remote access to my PC. He was unable to solve the problem, and when I tried to launch Photoshop again, the Adobe Application Manager had been wrecked by his changes and it wouldn’t open. My solution was a complete re-download of Creative Cloud from my Adobe account, and this proved to be a blessing in disguise. It offered me the Photoshop and Lightroom updates again, and this time I got everything, including ACR 9.1.

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  8. Tom Johnson

    It’s been said before and I’ll say it again. Give me the option to purchase new features seperatly as add-ons. That way a user can assess the value of the new feature set and make a decision. To make these new features unavailable (especially since V6.0 just came out) is beyond frustrating.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Adobe has never done that. Very few software manufactures do that. Almost no commercial products do that.

      As a consumer I agree 100% that I would rather it worked like that but it’s not just the way ANY business works.

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    • Tom Johnson

      Sorry that’s just not accurate to say that this upgrade model doesn’t exist. There are many examples of this, one of which happens to be in industry that I work in. Medical devices, every single one that has a microprocessor can be upgraded for a fee which adds additional features/functionality. I sell software upgrades on the equipment I represent all the time. And if you want to look at software specifically just look at video gaming and how big of a revenue generator content add ons have become. Just ask Electronic Arts. Case in point, this option does exist throughout many industries and is beneficial for both the consumer and the supplier. In my opinion not having an upgrade pathway available is a very short sighted.

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  9. Ben Perrin

    I dream of the day when adobe can release an update without a bunch of moaning from people who refuse to pay $10 a month. Seriously if you don’t like it, don’t use it and stop complaining about it.

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    • Fahad Jafarullah

      Couldn’t agree with you more. There were so many people who would just resort to downloading a pirated version at least now I know many folks who has the $10 subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom. It’s really not a bad deal at all.

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    • seoras logan

      Ben,
      If you are happy to pay $10 for the rest of your life fine but I for one don’t. I’ll happily upgrade if I think it worth it, features I wish to try and /or when required.

      I also think people have every right to voice their opinions with regard products. In this case less what it can do but a feeling that adobe have adopted a pricing payment method that is questionable through knowing they have the market pretty much to themselves.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Thank you for informing us that you are the decider on what can and can’t be discussed on a forum.

      Any other mandates of yours that we need to be aware of?

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    • Ben Perrin

      Never said people couldn’t discuss it. Just saying stop complaining about it. Adobe goes ahead and releases an update and all we hear is whining from people. It gets old really fast.

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    • Rob Campbell

      It’s not like there aren’t other options besides Adobe’s software? If you don’t like it try the free software (Lightzone, Dartkable, Rawtherapee, for example). Works for me (of course I use Linux so Adobe et al. are not an option for me!).

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    • Dustin Baugh

      People aren’t complaining about the upgrades. They’re complaining that they feel entitled to the new upgrades like the subscription folk.

      Adobe didn’t change anything, the software is still on a 1-2 year upgrade path. If you’re not a subscriber you have to wait longer between full upgrades, and you have to pay again. SAME AS YOU ALWAYS DID.

      The only change with the inclusion of the subscriber model is now the single purchasers (who knew these rules, balanced the pros and cons, and chose this upgrade path) are complaining because they see other getting what they wouldn’t have anyway.
      You guys knew this is how it worked. If you wanted new features as soon as they were ready you should have subscribed.

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  10. seoras logan

    It will be interesting to see what happens when Adobe start to run out of new features to add to their CC. It might not be next year but it will happen, will subscribers be as pleased then.
    Some features seem to be stretching usefulness already, or basically integrating what can be found much better in a third party product ie. pano stitching.

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    • Richard Hammer

      I think digital technology has proven that there will always be innovation, and with that innovation will come new features and new ways of doing things that we can’t even fathom today.

      The cloud is a perfect example of this. Who would have imagined that those big floppy disk drives would eventually lead to where we are now? I haven’t used an optical drive in five years, which brings me back to the topic at hand: Adobe CC. The usefulness of the CC extends far beyond just shiny new features, in the ways the apps interact and the functionality of EXISTING features across the software line.

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    • seoras logan

      We are dealing with imagery and PS is a tool, it might become more polished in how it delivers. High end manipulation in particular might benefit as far as workflow, however I would stick to my contention that CC is affected by the law of diminishing returns.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I think they’re already running out of features to add. If I was a standalone owner this wouldn’t be enough for me to upgrade.

      Whatever happened to that motion blur fix they were working on? I’ve had some pics that would clean up really good if I could define the shutter-shock “V” shape it left in the stars.

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  11. Richard Hammer

    I wonder if I will ever see the day when people stop feeling compelled to complain about Adobe and the way they do business.

    Louis C.K. has a famous bit about people who complain about their cell phones, when in reality, our cell phones are small miracles that we take for granted.

    Adobe provides really good, really powerful software for the price of a few coffees per month. This software helps me pursue creative endeavors that, 30 years ago, couldn’t have been possible without hiring an ad agency.

    If you’re being left in the dust as the business model changes, then figure out how to pick yourself up and make it work for you. While you’re complaining, I’m creating.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Thanks so much for this post. I’m glad someone said it.

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    • Richard Hammer

      Happy to say it. The argument that Adobe is screwing over customers by adapting to the ever-evolving digital landscape is tepid at best, and completely played out.

      They have not rested on their laurels, as was predicted by the same people who continue to complain. As a subscriber, I’ve seen substantial improvements and features added to the CC, and it has improved my workflow and given me access to tools that I never thought I’d be able to use. There have been hiccups along the way, to be sure, but this goes back to the cell phone from my previous comment. Look at the sheer number of things we are able to do with our phones, and yet people never seem to tire of complaining about every little detail they find annoying.

      Luckily, it’s a vocal minority, but that doesn’t make it any less insulting to those of us who have an appreciation for all the advancements in our modern world.

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    • Dave Lyons

      “Adobe provides really good, really powerful software”
      true to a point… what their apps can do are amazing but its just too bad the actual apps are built like complete and utter crap, they always have been, always will be. The software is just so half ass done.

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    • Richard Hammer

      You and I clearly have a different idea of what constitutes “complete and utter crap”. When I was a kid, I thought Microsoft Paint was the coolest thing on our family computer. I was amazed that I could draw with the mouse and fill shapes with color. I spent hours creating laughably bad pictures.

      Today, I can create believable, textured three-dimensional worlds that would have blown my 10-year old mind, and I can share those pictures with anyone on the planet in a few seconds.

      Do you know how many lines of code Photoshop has? About 5 million. Go ahead and try programming a piece of software with 5 million lines of codes that lets you create literally anything you can imagine and then come back here so I can call it a piece of crap.

      No really…I’ll wait.

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    • Thomas Horton

      “I wonder if I will ever see the day when people stop feeling compelled to complain about Adobe and the way they do business.”

      You can make that happen today. Just don’t participate in forums where people are free to express their individual opinions that may differ from your opinion.

      You like CC and like to express your opinion about it on an Internets Tubes forum.
      Others don’t like CC and like to express their opinions about it on an Internets Tubes forum.

      What exactly is the problem?

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    • Richard Hammer

      So, Thomas, your preference seems to be that only one side of an issue should ever be represented. Gotcha.

      Go ahead and put that model into effect and see how well it works in your world.

      Meanwhile, I’m going to defend the things I believe in against the rote, petty, selfish crybabies that seem to populate every nook and cranny, even if it involves something relatively insignificant like computer software.

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    • Thomas Horton

      “So, Thomas, your preference seems to be that only one side of an issue should ever be represented. Gotcha.”

      You have an interesting, but self-serving way of interpreting what people write.

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    • Richard Hammer

      I’m not sure how else to interpret your comment. What am I missing? Unless my intelligence level just dropped severely, you advocated that I shouldn’t engage the people who complain about Adobe. Does this not give only one side a voice?

      It seems like you’re surprised that there’s pushback here from people who enjoy and appreciate the tools that are available to us.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      “… but its just too bad the actual apps are built like complete and utter crap…”
      You can always switch to GIMP if you don’t like it.

      There are other options, but they’re usually even harder to use. Everything can be better but if you don’t know of a better alternative or are creating a better alternative, you don’t really have the footing to complain.

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  12. Brandon Silvera

    I dont get that check box for content aware unless youre talking about color adaptation. But thats been in there since CC released

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  13. norman tesch

    i have the stand alone i dont see anything they are offering on this upgrade that i can see is worth the money..panos, i dont think it can be better than pt gui…hdr, photomatrix pro, bw. nic silver effects pro…plus i think there should be a different charge for upgrades not just abandon what you have. they needd to give you an actual reason to upgrade

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  14. Jesper Ek

    It is a constant arms race between the developers and the pirates but the the developers will never win.. just the way it is.

    I do think that you SHOULD get the new features in an incremental upgrade like this. We pay for the major upgrade every year (15 months) which is “free” for subscribers, so why shouldn’t we get the smaller upgrades in between?

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    • Brian McCue

      Jesper, try that with your camera, cell phone or OS. You upgrade to get the new features or wait until you do.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      It’s the same thing as if you buy or lease a car.

      You bought the 2014 model outright. They can’t take it back, it’s yours to use forever now. But you’re not entitled to the 2015 model, you have to buy that seperately.
      The subscribers leased the 2014 model and now traded up to the 2015 model. The drawback is if we quit paying they take the car away from us.

      We have to keep paying forever for our use. You don’t.

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  15. Barry Chapman

    I couldn’t recall any hazy photos I’ve taken off the top of my head but there was one I’d used Nik filters on to create an old fashioned hazy B&W effect. The LR dehaze filter did a pretty good job on restoring contrast to it, quickly shifting the mids on the histogram to the left without clipping blacks.

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  16. Jonas Keim

    As a Lightroom 6 user who always bought the LR updates i’m really disappointed not to get the dehaze slider.

    But thankfully there are already some presets to find that bring the missing Dehaze control to the non-CC version of Lightroom because Lightroom 6.1has the same camera raw engine as Lightroom CC 2015.1

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  17. Tom Johnson

    Yes, but Adobe should be in the business of putting the consumers best interest first.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Not sure I agree with that.

      A company’s first mission is the continued success/growth of the business. So I think that Adobe is putting Adobe’s best interests first, as they should.

      If Adobe were interested in putting the customer’s best interest first, PS would sell for $10.00 a copy. :)

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    • Brian McCue

      They provide a solid product and they offer several distribution channels to purchase. There are other options, just not in the same ballpark.

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    • Brian McCue

      I’ve been around software for many years, pre-Microsoft OS. I can’t get over all of the complaints about Adobe’s subscription service. It’s simple, if you don’t want to subscribe, buy the software. You’ll still get the product updates, just not the new features. If you want the new features, you’ll have to wait until the next release. If you can’t wait, then go the CC route. This is where software is going, for now.

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    • Cortez Vernon

      I do not agree with you @brian Mccue I have to pirate their software not because of lack of funds but because they legit do not want to take my money. All because I live in the caribbean :( as soon as they accept my money I can stop going through the hassle of pirating :)

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    • Brian McCue

      @Cortez, I’ll take your $$$! :)

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  18. Thomas Horton

    Well Adobe has to provide some service to justify the expense of the Subscription plan.

    If non-subscription users got everything the subscription users got at the same time, why subscribe?

    After all, it is in Adobe’s best interest to persuade people to move to the subscription service.

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    • Brian McCue

      I like that they’re offering both options

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    • Christophe Lambin

      Agreed. I’m a standalone user (can’t really justify the CC price tag for how little I use it), but if CC users get more features faster by paying more, more power to them.

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  19. Tom Johnson

    This in my opinion is a shady business practice. Why penalize users who purchased the same product but chose the standalone option? Obviously Adobe wants it’s customers to subscribe to its CC service, but they must understand in an attempt to stop piracy this only alientates its paying legit customers.

    If an equivilant product existed today, I would dump Adobe in the blink of an eye. No question.

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    • Brian McCue

      Technology is changing, many other software providers are using the subscription model. If you want new features, subscribe if not wait to the next release. It’s not shady, it’s the new generation of software.

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    • Christian Santiago

      I am a CC subscriber, but I’ll admit that Adobe is taking a dump on people who buy standalone versions. It’s this “let them eat cake” mentality. It’s only going to encourage people to pirate more of their stuff.

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    • Christian Santiago

      and who are they kidding, as if the CC model is actually going to stop piracy. People hacked it within a week of it being introduced.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      It’s not shady, just dated.

      It used to be you bought a box with Lightroom 3 in it and that was all you got, full stop. If you wanted the upgrades you had to wait for Lightroom 4. And when it came out you had to re-buy the software (although adobe usually had discounted upgrade versions not all software developers do.)

      Now they have the option to pay by subscription and stay current. It’s the new business model and it works.

      What you’re saying is that you paid for an old model and feel you’re entitled to the new model when it releases. If you have a 2014 Ford F-150, you don’t get an automatic upgrade to the 2015 F-150 when it comes out. Unless you have the lease program where you pay constant payments and get to trade up.

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    • Gabriel Rodriguez

      I totally agree Tom and Christian! After reading this, even though I was excited about the new features, I kinda felt like Adobe somehow was taking a dump on the non subscribers.

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    • Timothy Linn

      It’s the timing that is completely bogus. How long did we wait to get from LR5 to LR6? Over two years? And the added features didn’t exactly blow many people away. Then, less than two months later they add significant features—but only to CC. How do you not view that as giving legitimate LR6 users the finger?

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  20. Bob McCormac

    Also, NO Dehaze feature!!

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  21. Bob McCormac

    The Lightroom CC update also broke opening the app on my Mac pro system. After three hours with Adobe I was finally able to get it to open by going into the applications folder but NOT through the Creative Cloud desktop. The remainder of the problem was passed onto their low level tech support for resolution. When, who know?

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