3. I more and more dislike Adobe. I really need to find a replacement. Their upgrade politics are ridiculous. Add to that the latest credit card and password snafu (which can happen to anyone, but it's a question how you handle it...) and I feel done. Not spending one more penny on them.
This always makes me laugh. Name me one other software company in existence that makes and distributes a free program that they fully support, again at no cost, that gives you the functionality to buy a $3,000 camera and not need to update a $100 piece of software?
As for you not spending another penny on them, well the last thing you did was buy LR3 that came out in 2009, I doubt if they will miss your $100 every four years.
I have a full version of CS5 as well. And if enough unimportant people like me jump ship they may miss something I suspect. My biggest beef is not even the necessity to buy a new version every now and so often but the move to the subscription model. I don't want it and I'll never have that. If I can't buy it and outright own that one specific version I'm not going to do it.
And no, there is not much of an alternative yet. Most certainly not for people who want/have to use Macs and Windows machines.
And with the free software that Adobe fully support and you have now used, Adobe have enabled you to not need to update their software, or give them another penny/cent, until your computer won't run an OS that can run PS5 and LR3, and that date has nothing to do with Adobe.
As I said, name me one other software company that does that.
I can well understand people not being convinced with the subscription model, I am not interested in enrolling yet myself, and their security breach is regrettable (my account was one of the ones compromised and I have had emails from Adobe changing my password). But I don't understand the vehement backlash Adobe have gotten when they really have gone above and beyond in their efforts to NOT inconvenience people and not force them to upgrade.
As for enough unimportant people like you, and me, well if you look at their projections for the move to a subscription model, you will see they fully expected a drop in revenue for the first three years of its implementation. So far the stock price has reflected investor satisfaction at those projections and enrollment rate.
The people we should be complaining about, and the ones who never get criticism for any off this, is the camera manufacturers. Why do they insist on changing the RAW file format of every single camera that comes to market? Considering there is precious little IQ improvement in sensor tech and those improvements are easily enclosed in a broad and accessible format, why don't the manufacturers adopt TIFF, or the open and entirely free DNG to create a standard for RAW files? So much development time is wasted reverse engineering the stupid changes to the RAW files for each new camera, that the manufacturers are not interested in developing software for anyway, it is a farce.