Lightroom Catalogues to Remain Accessible after Expiration of CC Subscription

July 14, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software | 6 Comments | |
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Adobe's new Photography Plan enables anyone to use the most up-to-date desktop versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop CC for as little as £8.78/$9.99 per month, which is an excellent deal for most people, especially those just getting involved in serious photo editing. But Adobe's move to a subscription-based model raised the question of what would happen to users' Lightroom catalogues once their Creative Cloud (CC) membership expired. In a recent blog post, Adobe's Tom Hogarty responded to these concerns, stating that "at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function."

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#1 Mike

How wonderfully generous of them.

5:22 pm - Monday, July 14, 2014

#2 Dave

Darktable in Linux is free

1:56 am - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#3 Mike

Linux! LOL.
Name me one internationally known pro photographer who uses Linux exclusively for their RAW and image editing.
Linux is light-years behind Win/Mac for a photographers needs.

10:33 am - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#4 Dave

Darktable, digiKam, LightZone, UFRaw, RawTherapee, GIMP, KRITA, CinePaint and many other great FOSS projects are out there.
You see what happens with payware? You see how cynical Adobe have been?

12:32 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#5 JG


Not one of those is particularly good at raw extraction.

Do any of those options do anything like the libraries of LR, Bridge or C1?

Gimp is a decent free editor.

I'm all for you making suggestions, but how about suggestions that work.

12:50 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#6 Helen at Gannon Studios

I think this is a great move from Adobe. Its been one of the issues that has up til now stopped us from moving to CC. Its that 'just in case' scenario that is now taken away.

11:58 am - Thursday, July 17, 2014