I fully agree to the words of Thomas !
I also started with Lightroom 1 / PS6/7 and bought all available updates up to Lr 5 and PS-CS6. Then the subscription came along and I jumped on the train and bought the subscription for existing users as an update. The first 'kick in the ***' came when Adobe offered the subscription for the same price as upgraders who have spent thousands of bucks to the products to all people. The next kick is that Lightroom is not updated permanently as PhotoShop is. To my understanding of a subscription, this is one of the main features.
Now we are at a point in which ACR is further developed than Lightroom ? Surely we got the mobile opions for lightroom, but for me, like Thomas said before, is worth nothing though I don't want to do any work to my pictures on the iPad. Furthermore, it to me it makes no sense to first import the pictures into Lr on PC ( or Mac), then create a collection called mobile, then wait for the upload of the pictures to Adobe's cloud and then again wait for the download to the iPad.
Since more than 1 month there is a beta for ACR 8.7 which gives support to new cameras - where is the Lr 5.7 beta ? I remember earlier, prior to the subscription mode, there were a few days in between the beta for ACR and Lr.
At this point, the complete subscription in the way offered and used by Adobe looks to me as just a simple way to make much more money for Adobe, and all things getting worst for the customer, especially for customer who are more interested in Lightroom than into PhotoShop !
if you are able to change my mind, please, convince me, Adobe !
Adobe doesn’t necessarily get more money from people signing up for the Cloud but it does even out their revenue stream to help with cash flow, so instead of relying on the cash every 18 months when people upgrade and then not much in between, they get the same amount each month, so can budget easier.
LR is not part of the creative suite/cloud apps so is not updated with features every minor-release, only cameras and bug-fixes. If Adobe ever makes LR subscription-only then they may release features with each update, but right now there is a serial-number-licensed version that they can’t make the CC version different from other than licensing.
The Photography Plan for LR+PS is a way for LR users who also used PS to some degree, but not as their main workflow, to get PS for half-price and Lightroom for free if you want to think about it that way, or LR for the normal upgrade price and PS for $40/year is another way to think about it.
There hasn’t been a LR RC ever since the release of LR Mobile, so LR users have to use DNGs for the month or two between the RC release and the Final release if they want camera support for a brand new camera that the PS-ACR RC supports but not LR. I expect this has to do with added work the LR team has to do due to Mobile and not being able to release a LR Mobile RC at the same time as the ACR/DNGC RC.