Skylum just released (December 18th 2018) the new version of Luminar, called Luminar 3 with Libraries.
I downloaded the installation files and immediately told it where my photos where on my external hard drive.
I can tell you that when I started working with it I was giddy…
I don’t think I have ever been so happy to work with my pictures. I was able to organize almost 10 years worth of photos in about four hours. Something that I have been putting off month after month with Adobe Lightroom; Luminar allowed me to finish it quickly and easily.
But that is not why I was giddy.
I was happy because Adobe has finally gotten some competition and because I am seeing the possibilities of this application. I sincerely hope that Skylum continues their efforts to beat Adobe Lightroom to a pulp.
I don’t want you to think that I hate Adobe. I don’t. I just think their practices trying to force everybody into their cloud model is wrong.
They basically say: “Hey, we are the only game in town with regards to photo editing so now you have to pay us US$120 a year and more for hosting your photos in the cloud”.
And believe me, all they want is for you to buy their VERY EXPENSIVE CLOUD STORAGE.
Skylum has Cloud storage in their Roadmap. Not sure what that’s going to be, but in any case I just think for now, this suits my needs.
It’s also a beautiful program, to look at it and to work on it.
There are some quirky things (I will say more than a few) but that is to be expected from a version 1.0 (or 3.0) of a software.
Skylum intentions are to do a fast and furious update plan for the end of the year and the next quarter. All those updates, according to the company, are going to be free to current users of the application.
I still have about 10 more years of photos to organize, but yesterday I did a whole year in about one hour as I become more accustomed to the way the application works.
I think Luminar 3 with Libraries is a first rate contender for the crown of Digital Assets Manager (DAM) in my computer.
I can’t wait to see what Skylum has in store.