February 27, 2023 at 8:50 am #75562Blessings CapturedParticipant
Does anyone have a hard copy of an older version of Lightroom as a hard copy that they would be interested in selling? I would like to always have a way to easily accesses my xmp edits from Lightroom.
It would have to be only installed on one computer, because Adobe only lets a maximum of two computers for each serial number.
Last year Adobe stock increased there requirements to get Lightroom complimentary for a year and I just barely missed it.
HannahFebruary 28, 2023 at 7:33 pm #75629
‘Fraid it’s nearly impossible to find a copy of LR standalone any more. 🙁 Not likely too many people want to part with theirs if they do have a copy.
Just for fun, I did a search, and did locate a “brand new” copy of LR 5 for $69. No guarantees that it will work though; the seller is a brand new one, so doesn’t have much of a reputation yet. Proceed at your own risk. (Personally I’d be leery of it, but there’s always a chance it’s legit.) Here’s another more expensive option that might be better.
If you do track down a copy, make sure you backup the installer and the serial #, cause you can’t even download them any more from Adobe.
I also checked into LR alternatives that can import info from LR such as tags, collections, edits, etc. Darktable claims to be able to import most of the basics from LR, but it definitely won’t be 100%, especially for actual photo edits. (They’ll look different because of different algorithms between the software). So that’s something to consider if you don’t want to spend money trying to keep LR afloat for the rest of your life.March 1, 2023 at 12:16 pm #75647
Interestingly enough, I actually have a hard copy of LR 6, but don’t use it since I use the subscription now.
I wouldn’t have thought of selling it just to sell it, but since it would be going to another Lenspiration photographer in this case, I’m willing to consider the possibility. Will have to think through pros and cons of parting with it. If @blessingscaptured, @buddingphotographer or anyone else wants to convince me one way or the other, have at it 🙂March 1, 2023 at 12:32 pm #75652Blessings CapturedParticipant
It’s really up to you @Lenspirationlydia. I was wanting to make it so I’m not always dependent on the LR subscription. I’d be grateful if you decide to part with it, but I totally understand it you want to keep it.
Thank you @buddingphotographer for the options that you found on ebay(I didn’t see those in my search). I’ll have to also check out more about Darktable.March 1, 2023 at 12:44 pm #75654
Well, what do you know? 🙂 Personally, like @blessingscaptured I would want to have a standalone version of LR for the day when I can’t afford a subscription any more but still want to be able to access my edits and other LR metadata. But, @lenspirationlydia if you don’t think that will be an issue, then I’m sure @blessingscaptured will be more than happy to relieve you of your copy.* 🙂 It does seem rather redundant to have a subscription and a standalone version, but you will have to decide whether selling your standalone version and then paying $20/month for the rest of your life is worth it to keep access to all your files. Frankly the idea (of paying $250 a year for the rest of my life) appalls me, but then I’m not a full-time photographer who makes much money from my photos, so my perspective is a bit different from a pro. 🙂
The day that LR quits on me, I will be moving to something else other than Adobe software. (Probably RawTherapee, or maybe a pay-once software from some other company. Adobe doesn’t have nearly the monopoly that they used to for photo editing software.) Paying ransom for my files for the rest of my life is not something I’m about to start doing!
*Lydia, if you do decide to sell, make sure you de-register it from your computer. I don’t know if that actually gets you back 1 of your 2 registrations or not, but it’s a good idea to do so anyway. I have moved my copy of LR several times (when I upgrade my laptop, or re-install Windows) and have never run into a limit, and that’s probably because I always de-register the old copy before registering the new install.March 2, 2023 at 1:44 pm #75738
Yes, @buddingphotographer, I think one hitch in my mind is if years down the road, life changes have come along, I’m no longer doing as much with photography but then feel saddled with paying for the subscription. However, at least how Adobe does things right now, it’s not like you lose access to your photos or even your edits when you cancel your subscription. You basically just can’t edit your photos, according to the info on this page on Adobe (under “What happens when I cancel my Creative Cloud subscription?” < "Lightroom Classic images"):
You can continue to access all your photos on your local hard drive through Lightroom for the desktop. You can continue to import and organize photos and output your edited photos through Export, Publish, Print, Web, or Slideshow. Access to the Develop & Map modules and Lightroom for mobile is not available after your membership ends.
Thanks, @blessingscaptured. I’ll definitely give this some thought this week, and let you know!March 2, 2023 at 1:46 pm #75739
Lydia, if you do decide to sell, make sure you de-register it from your computer.
Oh, and thank you for this tip, Ezra!March 2, 2023 at 3:15 pm #75753
at least how Adobe does things right now, it’s not like you lose access to your photos or even your edits when you cancel your subscription. You basically just can’t edit your photos
Oh, interesting! I was under the impression that exporting was disabled, but maybe that’s only for older versions of the software. Well, in that case the situation isn’t so dire as I was imagining. 🙂March 8, 2023 at 2:31 pm #75893James StaddonKeymaster
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