I think you have totally misinterpreted what is being asked for. YOU might have to have administrative rights to install the program, but you aren't giving any of that information to Adobe.
Of course you do give any and all information to Adobe. Once you gave the installer admin rights it's free to do whatever it wants to your machine. As Mac OS puts it "wants to make changes". Well, an image processing app is not "making changes" on my box. There's perfectly adequate way to install software on a Mac by copying ("dragging") an app to wherever you want. It should be enough for everyone, unless you have some special circumstances, like loading kernel modules or installing system wide libs.
Okay, what ever. I don't like to discuss things with conspiracy theorists. Move on to something else. I'll just keep using Lightroom.
The answer: download LR .pkg (not the cloud version, search from Google), extract the package (pkgutil, gunzip, cpio), copy to wherever you like enjoy. No "install" needed.
I guess the standalone version was my point of reference because that is what I am using. I have not installed the CC version, and have no plans to do so in the future. That's what I couldn't see how I would be giving any information to Adobe during the installation of Lightroom on my computer.
I am quite impressed with the shadow/highlight tools. Anybody know how they work behind the scenes? I would be hard pressed to accomplish the same result with curves, but it seems it should be possible to express pulling up shadows in the terms of curves. Is pulling up shadows and toning down highlights ethically accepted? I would like to do as little processing as possible to my images. I guess it ought to be fine, since the same result can be achieved by tweaking in-camera JPEG processor...
Jim, thanks for help.
it seems it should be possible to express pulling up shadows in the terms of curves.
Curves: what goes up must come down. i.e. you can't increase contrast anywhere without decreasing it somewhere else.
PV2012: -highlights: de-brightens highlights without decreasing midtone contrast. Likewise, +shadows brightens shadows without decreasing midtone contrast.
PV2010: +fill brightened entire image (shadows most) without decreasing midtone contrast, but did it according to a different algorithm than PV2012.
There was a link to a white paper describing algorithm details, but you have to have a Ph.D in mathematics to understand it .
Thanks! I'll search for the white paper (got some training). If you find the link, please share. Thanks again.
I think there is a link somewhere in the Lightroom 4 beta forum - Jeff Schewe posted it..