I currently own LR 4. I also own Elements 8.0. I was thinking about upgrading to LR 5 and perhaps upgrading Elements as well to the current version. I don't own Photoshop - it is probably more than I need as an enthusiast who is learning post processing. And, I'm sure I will never spend the money to buy it (assuming that I could still buy it). So, what to do. Upgrading to LR 5: $80. Upgrading to Elements 12: $80. One year of this offer: $120. I do the math, and it seems that if I want to stay current, and if LR and Elements have new versions in a year, I am better off just renting the software (I pay less and I get Photoshop instead of Elements). Say I skip a version and so I'm upgrading for $160 for LR and Elements every two years and spending $240 for two years of the subscription model. It cost me $80 for keeping absolutely up to date with the software and getting Photoshop instead of Elements. I also get a website thrown in (which I may use if my busy retired schedule ever lets me find the time).
I absolutely hate the idea of being at the mercy of Adobe. Both price-wise and software-wise. But aren't I anyway? We don't know what the price will be of future upgrades (or even whether we will be able to buy individual software labels instead of "renting" them). I'm pretty much invested in using LR anyway. Sure, I still have all my raws. But without Adobe software to read the edits I have made, all those hours are gone (yes, I could save the final edits as TIFFS or something and probably should, but that adds another complication of storage, file organization and backup).
$10 bucks a month? We all spend more than $10 per month on other "subscriptions." Cable, phone, cellphone, on-line storage. The list goes on and on.
Looks like I am going to bite the bullet before December 2nd. Any last thoughts before I do?