You may frequently hear complaints about Lightroom and Photoshop — too buggy, too slow, too bloated, too expensive — but it doesn’t seem to be putting a dent in Adobe’s performance. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as the company announced last week that it has achieved record revenues for the second fiscal quarter of this year.
As reported in a press release last week, Adobe generated $2.74 billion in the second quarter of 2019, a record for the company and a growth of 25 percent year-over-year. The success is attributed to “the explosion of creativity across the globe,” the need for companies to deliver “engaging customer experiences,” and their “strong ecosystem of partners.”
Many photographers have objected to the shift to a subscription-based model and given the complaints, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Lightroom is falling from favor in face of competition from Capture One and a growing assortment of alternatives such as ACDSee, Luminar and ON1. Photoshop is also seeing strong challenges from Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro.
Despite the anecdotal grievances, Adobe appears to be doing better than ever. Recently, photographers were angered by Adobe’s removal of Adobe’s $9.99 photography package, a move that proved to be temporary and only disappeared while the company was “running a number of tests,” according to an Adobe spokesperson.
Personally, I’m excited to see what Affinity has planned for the future. I’ve been using the beta version of Affinity Publisher over the last six months (the final version has just been released), and with the success of Affinity Photo, I’m crossing my fingers for a Lightroom alternative. Affinity appears to be focused on creating seamless integration between its various packages, now allowing image editing and vector design tools to be used in Publisher without switching applications. Creating something that works together as well as Lightroom and Photoshop — if not more so — is an exciting prospect.
Is Adobe printing money without enough care for its customers? Or is their performance proof that they are continuing to dominate the field with software that’s designed for professionals? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.