My article about Lightroom CC for DPReview now has almost 1,000 comments (!), most of them by people upset about Adobe’s subscription pricing and indignantly threatening to switch to PhaseOne’s Capture One Pro. I’m not putting down anyone who wants to make a switch or arguing for one tool or another, but I thought this was amusing today in regards to pricing.
I just received an email saying my copy of Capture One Pro 8, which I got two years ago to review for Macworld, is no longer being supported. (The current version is 10.0). So, someone who bought Capture One Pro for $300 two years ago needs to pay $99 to upgrade to version 10. Two year cost: $400.
Adobe’s Photography Plan subscription is $10 per month, which includes the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop (and now also includes the cloud-focused Lightroom CC). Two year cost: $240.
PhaseOne also now offers a subscription plan, starting at $20 per month, or as a one-time yearly payment of $180 ($15/mo). Let’s say they go for the less expensive option. Two year cost: $360.
For some, the principle of essentially renting software instead of owning it outright is what they don’t like. I get that, and it’s a valid point. They’re upset that Adobe’s stand-alone Lightroom 6 ($150) is the last “perpetual” version Adobe will update; version 6.13 is out today, and will be supported for bug fixes and camera compatibility only through the end of 2017. (If you end your subscription, Lightroom Classic continues to work, but with the Develop module (editing) disabled. So you can migrate your library to something else.)
If I were to continue using CaptureOne Pro 8, I’d be in the same boat.
But the people in a huff about price are having some math issues.
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