I came across an interesting video today, it’s a recorded Google Hangout with the team from adobe behind Lightroom. In the midst of all that hubbub last week about the Creative Cloud it was also confirmed on the Lightroom blog and in the video (which will be posted below) that Lightroom 5 and all new versions for the foreseeable future will continue to have perpetual licensing. In other words, Creative Cloud is not required to have Lightroom.
This is an interesting development, and one that begs the question. Why would adobe move to a subscription based model with their professional applications but continue to support Lightroom as a perpetual license. Is Lightroom essentially Adobe’s gateway drug to the Creative Cloud? Is Adobe trying to get you hooked on Lightroom, hoping that you end up buying CC access to gain access to Photoshop as you improve and need to advance your editing?
Or, (fingers crossed!!!!) …is Adobe going to simply make the next generation of Photoshop Elements do everything that we photographers need? Considering that Lightroom 5 is going to offer a better brush-style healing and cloning for RAW images, there isn’t much need for Photoshop when it comes to basic editing. But, for those wishing to push their images further with advanced coloring, layers, masking, retouching and other advanced image manipulation abilities, we are forced to move from the perpetual Lightroom license to the Creative Cloud for Photoshop.
I find it a bit puzzling. I suppose it all comes down to how you feel about Adobe and their decisions as of late. Of course it certainly won’t hurt to let your voice be heard, if you’re unhappy with Adobe’s current offerings and plans!
The video also touches on some other interesting Lightroom 5 related topics including performance and catalog sizes. According to the guys on the development team in LR 5 you should see some performance improvements with images loading faster, and things like that. They also said that your catalog should be able to be as big as you want it to be, and referenced a user they know of who has 1.9 Million images in a single catalog with minimal performance degradation.
It’s an interesting look into the Future of Lightroom, and you can watch it below.