Late last month, Adobe released updates to their Creative Cloud applications and one interesting discovery was recently made pertaining to Lightroom. As The DAM Book reported, Lightroom continues to partly function even after subscription to the Creative Cloud ends. Adobe has now officially released a statement making it clear exactly what happens to a user's photographs post-membership.
What happens to my photographs after my membership ends? With Lightroom 5.5, at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function. We hope this meets the expectations of our customers and we look forward to an ongoing dialog.
Additionally, Tom Hogarty from the Lightroom team responded to a tweet questioning if exporting images would still be allowed post-membership to Creative Cloud:
@spyhi Thanks. Export whatever you like!— Tom Hogarty (@LR_Tom) July 11, 2014
Does this move by Adobe relieve any of the dissatisfaction that some customers are having over the Creative Cloud licensing model? Should this retainment of basic functionality be brought to other Creative Cloud applications or is it all just trivial to the main concerns? Voice your opinion in the comments.