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    • I too started with PhotoShop early on, 1.x something. Used Lightroom for a week or so but stayed with the heavy weight PS. Yet, I was late arriving to the complete digital camera/processing realm, sticking with film and scanning to digital format for post processing when not using the dark room. The greatly increasing cost of chemicals for soup was the final motivator.

      When the monthly subscription based, cloud storage, app appeared, I was completely turned off. I want to buy once and be done. And anything cloud has never appealed to me. I guess I'm too old, the son of a Depression (the Big One) child, so I like to own outright and keep my stuff close at hand.

      I stayed with the monthly subscription until Luminar 4 was released. 4 updated 3 to include cataloging and a host of other features. No, Luminar 4 can't touch PS, but, I do like the features it affords me. There are some shortcomings with the current version that the developers are aware of and hopefully fix with the next update. The one fix I want to see will be invoking CA correction for batch processing images. Currently, you have to wade through the menu tree for each image edited, a royal pain if working with a large batch!.

      Leica saves in DNG format and no issues working with the files in Luminar 4.

    • I've been mainly using GIMP as a PS substitute. Lightroom looks very attractive, but I stayed away due to the subscription. Luminar 4 looks interesting.

    • I'm a photo hobbyist and an advanced curmudgeon about software--I hate the subscription model and so far, I have not been assimilated into the CC cloud. I'm running perpetual license versions of CS5 and LR6, but I may be replacing my hardware soon and am mulling over my software options.

      I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has actually migrated from LR/PS to Luminar. Don't you lose all the raw conversion settings that you did with LR/ACR? What about keywords? I'm totally dependent on the metadata I've supplied over the years in LR to locate any given pic--my directory hierarchy contains no meaningful names--so I'm not sure I could convert my existing catalog.

    • I like luminar, it's fast and a clear interface. I loaded 48,000 photos from a nas into the luminar catalog and they dispaly, over wireless, quite fast.

      I have an old version of LR and it's slow and clunky. I have the nik plugins for Lr and that's the only reason I would keep it. I don't process photos too much, and find the nik plugins a godsend. one click and done. Teh silver efex b&w plugin is my favorite.

      I don't know if luminar has equivalent plugins available, will have to consult Google :)

    •  What about keywords? I'm totally dependent on the metadata I've supplied over the years in LR to locate any given pic--my directory hierarchy contains no meaningful names--so I'm not sure I could convert my existing catalog.

      keywording is on their roadmap but isn't yet implemented. It's a nice piece of software but, without keywords, isn't properly searchable.

      I won't buy it yet, will wait for keywording to be implemented and will do another trial then. It is much faster than LR and has enough basic options for me to edit my photos but the catalog features are still a little weak.