Best alternative to Lightroom?

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#41
£10 pm still includes LR and PS, I believe, so that is a good deal if you use them both. But for people who only use LR it is a bad deal.

LR itself when it was available as an outright purchase was only just more than £100 IIRC, plus an upgrade of c £50 every 2 years if you wanted it. So do the maths and see who comes out on top .....us or adobe.........
i agree on who comes out on top but i know for me personally i wouldn't want LR without PS because there are times i find that the editing features (cloning mostly) just isn't good enough in LT. I think really the two of them just go hand in hand and the people who only need one of the two are possibly a minority. For me personally if i had to pick one i would actually pick PS, i could live without the cataloguing side of things and would rather have the additional editing tools in PS but that is just personal preference.
 
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#42
I shall take another look thank you.

Edited to add, now that I've taken a look at the comparison, I can see that they're quite well matched. Some of the differences would probably make it difficult to transition from LR but for someone starting a fresh On1 looks well worth a look.
Actually, ON1 can import LR catalogues. Never used it myself, I never even started with LR, but it's there.
 
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#44
Here you will see how Lightzone is very similar to function and user interface to Lightroom.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X_tRdospeY
For many years I was a user and fan of Lightzone, and I felt it offered features that were not to be found in any other raw developer software.

I kept trialling the different versions of Lightroom as they were introduced but it wasn't until Adobe introduced "Process 2010" (or was it 2012?) in LR4 that I felt that LR offered any improvement over LZ.

Because of the improved Highlight recovery, I adopted LR4 as my raw developer program and I was using it up until the introduction of "CC."

Testing has shown me that there are now several programs which offer better highlight recovery than Lightroom, and I have now moved on and no longer use any Adobe products..
 
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#46
On the same original raws?

And can you name those programs?
I have a 'standard' raw image that I use for evaluation.

On1 and Dxo are two that I recall, but there were others.
I have been using On1 for about 18 months and I am completely happy with it.
You need to adopt a slightly different workflow with On1 compared to LR for the best results.
As I have said, not everyone has the same requirements, but I for one am glad to see the end of the Lightroom "Catalog."
 
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#47
I meant its aimed at professionals because of the pricing - paying £ 10 per month as long as you use it.
I'm not a professional and I've paid my tenner a month for a few years now. I've tried other editing programs but nothing comes close to the cataloguing and editing abilities in one package. I also make extensive use of the cloud syncing abilities which no other package has, especially now I use an iPad as my main machine. Having my entire photo catalogue available on my phone, tablet and laptop is incredibly useful and something I access most days. Don't ever really use PS but I have made use of it on occasion, including making the table plan for my wedding which saved me a fair chunk of cash.

Don't forget your Creative Cloud subscription also includes Adobe Portfolio for making a website and a few other bits and pieces as well, it's not just LR and PS
 
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#48
I quite like CaptureOne myself. Suits my workflow. I used Lightroom for a while but had a free subscription through my uni. When that expired, I tried captureone and loved it.
 
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Bonus question: for an iMac with maxed-out 6GB of RAM and leisurely processor (3GHz C2D!), which programs are lightweight enough to run reasonably well?
 
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I've not read all the posts so sorry for doubling up on someone elses suggestions. Dark table is not bad, I'd also check out ACDSee, the version I have (no idea which one) looks enough like lightroom and does a fair job of editing too. the shadow highlights is way better IMHO.
That said my fav is still LR (and I dont use if for DAM either.
 
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Bonus question: for an iMac with maxed-out 6GB of RAM and leisurely processor (3GHz C2D!), which programs are lightweight enough to run reasonably well?
TBH none of them, with the possible exception of Fotor.

I have a Macbook with 2GHz C2D & 8GB RAM, and Lightroom 5 sucks on it, even with 20MP raw files. Editing is possible, but far from enjoyable - there's simply too much data to move around in what's basically a really slow machine, and it doesn't really matter what software you use. If you can replace the HDD with an SSD that will make everything a bit less bad.
 
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TBH none of them, with the possible exception of Fotor.

I have a Macbook with 2GHz C2D & 8GB RAM, and Lightroom 5 sucks on it, even with 20MP raw files. Editing is possible, but far from enjoyable - there's simply too much data to move around in what's basically a really slow machine, and it doesn't really matter what software you use. If you can replace the HDD with an SSD that will make everything a bit less bad.
Thanks Toni. Hmm... I'd rather upgrade the whole Mac than try to put an SSD in it! :-o

Useful info, though - I'll try to find out about Fotor. If it's better than MacOS' Photos, then it's a start. :)
 
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