« on: June 12, 2014, 01:20:49 AM »
So let’s say 5 years from now something happens in my life and I'm no longer actively into photography. Family illness, work, family obligations, whatever. . .But I no longer have access to my file system? The edits I've made? The catalog that I've spent the last 10 years or building will no longer be backwards compatible with CS4. The only way I can access all the work I’ve done is to keep paying Adobe. At that point I don't need new features, I'm fine with an old version, but I need something that can read my file system and my edits. All I have to speak for my photography the last 5 years are anything I exported, and folders and folders full of unedited, unorganized RAW images.
I don't understand this. What would block your access to your file system? More importantly, what would block your access to your files. They are right there on your computer, they haven't gone anywhere.
Are you saying that because they have been edited in CC 5 or something like that, you figure that you can't open them with an old CS4? Well, that's always a risk, whether you've got a subscription service or buying a license.
If you're talking PSD files, make sure the maximize compatibility box is checked so the files are backward compatible.
If you are talking DNG, that's an open format available to anyone. In fact, that's why Adobe developed DNG.
If it's a RAW file, well, that has nothing at all to do with Adobe, that's a risk because the camera manufacturers insist on having their own proprietary formats and until they adopt a universal standard, there is no guarantee that any program will always be able to open a RAW file.
Now, it would be pretty crappy and shortsighted of Canon to not make available software that can always open any of their proprietary RAW formats. But, that's something to take up with Canon, not Adobe.
And, by the way, why would anyone completely drop a software program without first saving their files in a universal format?
And, even if you did that, what would prevent you from signing up to the then-current version of Creative Cloud just long enough to switch over your files to a universal format?
What am I missing here?
Ahhh... Now your nickname make sense...
I'm sorry... I can't help it...