It’s fascinating to me how Adobe’s switch to all-subscription pricing continues to ripple throughout the photo industry. I thought it would be an issue for a year or so, and then customers would get on board. And in some ways that’s true: Adobe has posted great financial results since then, which tells me that people do pay the subscription prices. And yet, the market for non-Adobe photo applications has never been stronger, in large part, I think, because some people just don’t want to lock into a subscription.
DPReview today posted my review of one such alternative, Alien Skin Exposure X4: Alien Skin Exposure X4 software review.
I reviewed Exposure X3 for DPReview last year, and found the application to be a solid photo editor and organizer that takes a few interesting approaches to working with images. I also found it lacking in performance, especially for FujiFilm raw files. I’m happy to report that X4.5 improves performance and addresses some of my other quibbles. It’s also a fixed cost, which will make some people happy.
Also this week: the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast looks at several Lightroom alternatives: PhotoActive Podcast 45: Photo Editing Apps.
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