VSCO Keys is no more. There is no glorious explanation, no plans for a big, better, more badass version.
Today, mass emails filled the inboxes of photographers everywhere letting us all know that the maker of some of the most popular photography mobile software and editing presets was calling it quits with the beloved Lightroom shortcut plugin.
Software company VSCO launched Keys in 2012. It’s basically a keyboard mapping program for Lightroom that gives one-push access to common Lightroom functions like exposure, color temperature, highlight, clarity and custom presets.
I’m heartbroken. I’m playing "Taps" while I edit this evening. VSCO Keys was a killer app at a great price. For the wedding or event photographer, the speed that it added to your workflow left you wondering how you ever edited 700 images without it. And now, I’m worried how I will edit with the same efficiency going forward?
VSCO’s “Dear John” letter to us all read: “We know that VSCO Keys is a product greatly loved by many members of our creative community and we recognize that it has been a helpful aid in the editing process. As we continue to move forward in other ventures, we have made the hard decision to discontinue the sale of VSCO Keys.”
It’s not all crying into your pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked, though (which I am definitely doing). VSCO has announced that they will continue to support the product and allow users to make edits to their custom profiles until November 2, 2015. Online support will remain in place until December 2, 2015.
Also, to butter us up further, those who have purchased VSCO Keys in the past will be levied a $20 credit on our VSCO account. Not too bad, right?
Let me know how you are handling your Lightroom workflow as far as shortcuts go! See you in the comments.