Since Adobe has decided perpetual licenses users aren’t valuable any more the time has come to move on- The two adobe products that I have been using are Photoshop and light room.
I am very satisfied with the features available to me in affinity photo and I will be using that to replace Photoshop moving forward it is not without fault but for the little I need that kind of functionality it works very well for me.
It also is much more affordable at just NZ $74.00 for a perpetual license as opposed to AU$29/month for 12 months or $348 each year.
Yes you could go with the “Photography plan” at Au $14/month for 12 months or AU$168 each year while better value is is still more close to $100 more and you pay every month for as long as you can stand it so the total cost is $168+++ .
Given the difference in cost for Photoshop alone vs the “Photography plan” I suspect this is just a hook and in a few years you can expect to pay much more remember you read that here first .
Light room on the other hand being my main workhorse is much more problematic to replace- In order to best assess my needs I took a few minutes to consider what features of light room has that I use and find useful these are the features that I will be looking to replicate in any replacement software moving forward.
Import dialogue - Renaming
Digital Asset Management -Key wording -Collections - searching meta data etc
Exporting -- Social media integration
Develop module—Pretty much all the features I use and the usability and results of this part of it are the big deal breaker here.
The ability to send to an external editor and back again seamlessly
Print module – Printing my photos though I don’t need the contact and multi-image options I never use them for my type of work.
As for the other Light rooms features
The maps is nice gimmick, I have no use for the book module at all the Web module I never use ditto the slide show.
In my following blog posts I will be exploring some of the other options that exist in the market place stay tuned for more.