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Rookies

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Has anyone here manage to come away from the adobe subscription to a stand alone software if so which have you settled on ?
 

stearman65

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I use Adobe Elements 10 which I bought around 6 years ago. It does me for my still photography. For editing video I use Pictures to Exe 8, again which I bought 5 years ago. The only cloud storage I have is YouTube, which is free at the moment, Mediafire which was free last time I used it. I did have Vimeo & another I can't think of the name which are now both pay sites & don't use any more. I also have 2 1 TB hard drives for storage, 1 is full the other nearly full, so I may have to invest in a third, but as I get older my requirements have reduced. I'm happy with MP4 video, so storage is minimal.
 

AMc

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I got the final standalone version of lightroom and it supports my cameras so I’d ok for now. It’s still available to buy on disc if you look.
I never had photoshop, though I used to use it professionally years back.
GIMP does a fair approximation for nothing at all.
 

Rookies

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I know we can still get the Stand alone think it around £100 but it doesn't support my Camera unless i convert to DNG
 

BT Bob

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I changed over to Affinity Photo. I haven't really had a chance to come fully to terms with everything it does, but I love the interface and can do the basics very easily and quickly. Lots of support available - very good Facebook group and loads of video tutorials ("official" and unofficial on both Vimeo & YouTube).
 

muljao

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I bought Acdsee. In some ways it's great, simple to use and fast, but the raw converter it uses just isn't as good as Adobe (in my opinion) and I ended up subscribing again
 

rfield

Active Member
Skylum Luminar as a Lightroom alternative, specifically as I have a new unsupported camera and I don’t want any part of the adobe subscription model.

Only bought it (and Skylum Aurora) on Black Friday though, so although it seems really promising I haven’t explored anywhere near all its features yet.

For a photoshop alternative I use Pixelmator Pro, and have never regretted the move.
 

Rookies

Well-known Member
Skylum Luminar as a Lightroom alternative, specifically as I have a new unsupported camera and I don’t want any part of the adobe subscription model.

Only bought it (and Skylum Aurora) on Black Friday though, so although it seems really promising I haven’t explored anywhere near all its features yet.

For a photoshop alternative I use Pixelmator Pro, and have never regretted the move.
Skylum will be much better in a couple of weeks when their DAM comes out then i could be a easy alternative
 

rfield

Active Member
Skylum will be much better in a couple of weeks when their DAM comes out then i could be a easy alternative
Yes, I completely agree. They were offering a free upgrade to the upcoming version (and any new features like DAM/libraries), so figured it was definitely worth a go!
 

BT Bob

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Skylum Luminar as a Lightroom alternative, specifically as I have a new unsupported camera and I don’t want any part of the adobe subscription model.

Only bought it (and Skylum Aurora) on Black Friday though, so although it seems really promising I haven’t explored anywhere near all its features yet.

For a photoshop alternative I use Pixelmator Pro, and have never regretted the move.
I'm assuming this is a PC-only programme?
In the Apple Store is a programme called Luminar, by MacPhun (gets good reviews), but nothing when I search for Skylum.
 

rfield

Active Member
I'm assuming this is a PC-only programme?
In the Apple Store is a programme called Luminar, by MacPhun (gets good reviews), but nothing when I search for Skylum.
I’m on Mac. I bought it direct from Skylum website (who used to be called
MacPhun - they renamed at the end of last year).

I’m not sure what the one on the mac app store is though - am guessing it will be an older version.
 

thewhofan

Active Member
I have been a Adobe creative suite user since my college days and have used them in my job for over 14 years. I used to have copies of them for home use but since they went the subscription route and looked elsewhere and after trialing several other software out I settled on Affinity Photo and Affinity Design and have been happy with them ever since.
 

cadden

Standard Member
I use Luminar and Affinity. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with them.
Once DAM comes for Luminar it will be very good indeed.
 

pressure

Well-known Member
Another vote for Affinity Photo. Very good and in some ways easier to use than photoshop. Still quite a learning curve and not quite as comprehensible as it might be. I actually think it’s too cheap! I’ve just got it for iPad too but haven’t got into it yet. I hear good things about affinity designer too.

Pixelmator is good too.
 

zubeir

Well-known Member
Take a look at GIMP. It’s very well featured and completely free
Yes GIMP is really good and a powerful alternative Can be a steep learning curve but it's free!
 

AMc

Distinguished Member
Gimp is great and the more recent versions are much better - I’ve never got RAW conversion working and for me that’s a big deal as converting to Tiff in Olympus viewer is really slow and painful.
I know it’s lazy but turning ORF to TIF to process to JPG then tidy up is a pita I avoid.
If anyone has tips on working directly from RAW into GIMP I’m all ears ;)
 

The Dreamer

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Will Gimp read DNG files? Adobe do a free RAW to DNG converter.

Like Rfield, I bought Luminar and Aurora on a Black Friday deal - avoided VAT by buying it while in the States, so saved another £20+; at that price point I couldn’t afford not to. And as others have stated, once their DAM is up and running, it should be a true Lightroom contender.

I haven’t opened them up yet though, as I’ve only just bought the camera that is forcing my move away from LR6, as it’s RAW files are unsupported.
 

BT Bob

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I’m on Mac. I bought it direct from Skylum website (who used to be called
MacPhun - they renamed at the end of last year).

I’m not sure what the one on the mac app store is though - am guessing it will be an older version.
Thanks - Looks like they're the same version (Skylum.com says v1.3 is the current one, and v1.3.2 on the App Store). The only difference is it's £2 cheaper from Skylum direct... :)
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

Distinguished Member
I use Affinity Photo and also Designer. Also Skylum Luminar. And my DAM is now Photos by Apple. Works brilliantly together, and goodby Adobe Creative suite.
 

Over by there

Well-known Member
Never bought into the Adobe subs model. I had Elements standalone year on year but got fed up of getting the new version for a new brush or something (I know a bit more went in but it felt like it....).

Jumped to Affinity as have a few here and it is great. I use Apple Photos for the DAM and the extension allows me to use Affinity full edit or six selected quick edits (on a Mac in Apple Photos edit section, not sure what other OS does). Affinity are supposed to be releasing a DAM at some point, be interesting if it will take over Apple Photos and do a different/better job seamlessly.


You can also get in on the Beta when it is available. The forums are helpful and worth a look if you are wondering Affinity | Forum
 

TerFar

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Has anyone here manage to come away from the adobe subscription to a stand alone software if so which have you settled on ?
I purchase Lightroom 6 from Amazon. I'm only a modest amateur, so not a heavy user. The subscription service doesn't make financial sense for me. Lightroom 6 is temendously powerful and does everything I need which is usually just developing and tweaking RAW photos.
 

The Dreamer

Distinguished Member
I purchase Lightroom 6 from Amazon. I'm only a modest amateur, so not a heavy user. The subscription service doesn't make financial sense for me. Lightroom 6 is temendously powerful and does everything I need which is usually just developing and tweaking RAW photos.
Agree entirely - except that, eventually, you'll buy a camera that produces RAW files that LR6 won't read. Which is why most of us looking to move are in this predicament. There are work-rounds, but that introduces another step in the processing, which, when you've been used to the simple operation of importing into LR, is a PITA.

Once Luminar and Affinity have their respective DAM's up and running - they will run amok with people like us hanging on to the older version of LR.

Now, if, they could have a setting that just allowed the basic bare bones of LR-esque editing, they would truly rule the roost - ATM, they are, for me, too close to Photoshop than LR - and most of the time, I don't need all the extra bells & whistles.
 

Over by there

Well-known Member
New beta for affinity was out last Sunday as it happens. Not had a proper play with it yet. Usual caveats for a beta.
 

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