Adobe announced that the successor of Lightroom 6 will be only available as a cloud version and only if you rent it via a monthly subscription. No standalone version anymore.
Adobe also changed the name scheme. From Lightroom 7 to Lightroom CC, which is basically a less feature loaden Lightroom 6 version and another version called Lightroom Classic CC, which has the same features as Lightroom 6 plus some new ones and comes always in a package with Photoshop, whether you need/want it or not does not matter.
There will be no Lightroom 7 only anymore and no non-subscription based software anymore from Adobe. So either you rent it from Adobe, or you need to look somewhere else. This caused a lot of discussions on the net and many photographers look now seriously for alternatives.
I am neither a fan of subscription based software. If I can afford it, I buy it. I want to own the software because I want to have the ability also to use the edits in LR in 10 years time without beeing forced to pay Adobe money to have access to my old edits.
The whole industry is now finally waking up. DXO just announced its successor of DXO11, which is called now DXO Photolab. Why did they also change the name? Because DXO bought Nik Software drom Google and implented this already into this new version. With this step, DXO is now more than a simple RAW converter. Thans to this you can now also do local adjustements with this new UPoint technology of Nik Software. A big step for DXO users.
I would not be suprised of DXO will ofer soon als an addon-package for DAM (Digital Asset Management) to be able to offer an alternative to Lightroom librarries/DAM.
The Noise reduction of DXO is really famous. A lot better than LR. And for many cameras the RAW converter of DXO is also better the Adobes ACR.
If you have already an older DXO version, you can upgrade to the newest DXO version (called not DXO12 but DXO Photolab) until the end of November for only 69.- Euro. This is a bargain for these additional features.
The only downside of DXO is that they do not offer RAW conversion for Fuji X-Trans RAW files.
So it is really getting interesting with this move from Adobe. The competition realizes now, that this is now the best time to motivate old LR to switch to other products.
I do expect from Phase One the new version of Capture One Pro within the next 2 months. Usually a new version of C1 is coming out around December. C1 offers already a DAM, but in the past it was not on par with the DAM of LR. I am sure this gap will narrow down further with each new version. The RAW converter of C1 is famous and especially for Fuji X-Trans RAW files, many photographers prefer C1 over Adobe ACR.
But there are others too, which want to have a piece of the PP cake. Affinity, ACDsee, ON1 etc. pp.
What do you think? Do you use Lightroom at the moment? Are you planning to switch?