If you're like me, I was sick and tired of Adobe's stranglehold on us with their latest money making scheme of subscription-based software. It wasn't that it was too expensive for Lightroom for photographers at only $9.99 a month, but I was tired of paying and paying, then paying more.
I was then looking for a new software solution. In 2018 I started using On1 Photo Raw and was impressed. I started weening myself off of Lightroom (I still have an older non-subscription version installed to help with the weening process). Then Photo Raw 2020 came and it's purchase price was only $50 before taxes. I jumped at the new version, and further weened myself.
Now Photo Raw 2021 came out, but the software price is now at par or more than the subscription to Adobe! I want to add that I'm not a professional photographer with deep pockets and the ability to recoup the cost by selling my photos; I'm a hobbyist.Of course I realize On1 needs to continue to make money. I'm not naive. But they don't have the user base to keep hobbyists interested in their product. Hear me out.
In Adobe's defense there are tons of How-to tutorials out there for any version a photographer might be using at that time. I wish On1 had a stronger user base help the hobbyist that aren't going to upgrade every single time a new one comes out. I don't need the latest and greatest, but now all I see on On1 is tips and tricks for 2021. Yes, it would be nice to have, but for the hobbyist, it's not economical to continually upgrade, just like I don't continually upgrade my gear every time Canon or Nikon decides to add another edition. I upgrade when there are enormous advantages and plenty of information that say "This is it!".
What are your thoughts on this? Am I the only one that is thinking of going back to evil Adobe?
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