Today I cancelled my Adobe Photography Plan.
I was a member of that plan since 2006…
It sure feels scary. Adobe has been the industry standard in terms of Asset Management (Lightroom) and Photo Editing (Photoshop) and I have hundreds upon hundreds of hours invested in both applications.
Like many, I hated when Adobe decided to bank on my wealth of knowledge and my hesitation to jump ship and created the monthly paid Creative Cloud.
They though that because they got me hooked, I was not going to quit and sign up for what was then a $10/month plan.
But lately, these two applications feel like bloatware. Not much seems to be going on in terms of innovation and the things they have added, don’t seem to be equivalent to $240 a year.
I have been exploring other possibilities that don’t include a monthly plan.
The list include:
ON1 Photo RAW
Luminar 3 with Libraries
Alien Skin Exposure X4
Topaz Studio (I and II)
Even though some of these don’t actually include Asset Management capabilities, they seem to fulfill most of my creative and editing needs.
The only thing that is going to be missing and that I considered very important is Cloud Syncing. The creative cloud syncing is seamless. I will have to rely on Apple’s Cloud Drive or my Tresorit Account.
Of all these apps, the one that seems more promising and dear to my hear is Capture One. It seems to line up perfectly with the way I edit my images. And they have a lifetime payment that is not too expensive.
Adobe lost my confidence and hence they lost a customer.
I am quite sure that some of these applications will keep getting better and will give Adobe a run for their money. In the mean time, I am saving myself $240 a year!
What’s your opinion? Do you still use Adobe Products?