Wait. Adobe says, "We listened to our customers," and yet they're still giving us this rental bulls***? We didn't ask for a special rental price for photographers. We asked for a version of Photoshop where we can guarantee that we don't have to keep paying them forever and ever just to avoid losing the ability to open files that we created or modified using their tools.
What they don't get is that for most photographers, Lightroom is enough. They might use Photoshop once in a blue moon, but for that privilege, Adobe is asking them to pay approximately the full retail (not upgrade) price of Lightroom annually. Exactly what planet are Adobe's executives living on, again?
Not to mention that this requires us to trust that Adobe will still exist in ten years. I have serious doubts, personally. Short of getting bought by somebody competent, they're on their way out the door. To me, this "special offer" looks like the last gasp for a dying company with an expiring patent portfolio and a flagship product that has gotten only minor window-dressing tweaks for nearly a decade.
I'm hopeful that Adobe will correct their craniorectal inversion before they do something suicidally stupid like trying to shift Lightroom to a cloud-only model. That said, if they don't, I've started reading through the Aperture SDK in preparation for writing a library import plug-in. I estimate the effort in low double-digit hours. So if Adobe does this to Lightroom, at least for Mac users, its metaphorical carcass will be dead before their cloud version even hits the ground.