Adios Adobe

I discovered about six months ago that my Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription was a 12 month contract. And not a rolling monthly deal, as I had assumed. My contract renews on August 28th. Or it would have. But I ignored the  offer of 3 months free to encourage me to sign up for another year, and cancelled my subscription. I love Lightroom, but I really don’t need to pay for it anymore. Because these days, I do most of my work on my iPad. So adios Adobe. Sort of. And hola, Adobe. Lightroom is free on the iPad. There is a premium version available – on a rolling monthly deal for £4.49 – but I don’t need the premium features. Free suits my needs and budget.

Lightroom Mobile is a powerful tool. But that’s not to say it is perfect. There’s three options I would love to see the software adopt in a forthcoming iteration. Firstly, for the filename of each photo to automatically adopt the photo’s filename as set by the camera. At present, you either manually add a title or it is left blank. Secondly, the ability to modify the iOS photo, rather than the need to import and export photos, thereby duplicating the image in my iPhone’s camera roll. And thirdly, the ability to import Lightroom presets. There’s a workaround for this, but it’d make life so much easier if it could be done in a straightforward manner.

But still, the free version of Adobe Lightroom mobile is the way forward for me. It’ll be even better when I upgrade my iPad Mini 4, whenever that may be.




7 thoughts on “Adios Adobe

  1. I’m still doggedly sticking to the Photoshop that’s part of CS2, first released in 2005. Amazingly, it still runs (fast!) on Windows 7, though there are some weird glitches from time to time. Like the main floating palette never quite disappears when you switch to another program. But CS2 loads so quickly that quitting and reentering isn’t too much of a hassle. And if you Google it, you can find ways to have a legitimate copy for free, apparently with Adobe’s blessing.

    For a sometimes photographer like me, a subscription to Creative Suite just isn’t a particularly good deal. I know CS2 is a bit of a dinosaur, but it still does what I need it to do.

    And as I’m sure you’ll agree, what happens behind the camera lens is far more important than the editing software.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where the smoke has diminished but not disappeared.


    • I haven’t looked, but I’m fairly certain that there isn’t a version of CS2 compatible with an iPad! But, that is a very timely reminder. My subscription is for both Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ll lose them both. I don’t use Photoshop often, but every now and then it is useful. I’m going to have to get myself a copy…

      Glad to hear the flames have moved away…


  2. If you can get a really cheap used Chromebook (and you probably can) there’s a chrome app called Pixlr that is a photoshop knock-off that is very good. A little weak with text, but otherwise I’d hardly miss the old copy of Photoshop I misplaced somewhere along the way.


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