As a professional working in the field doing both photography and videography, I have to rely on particular software that I use on a daily basis as part of my workflow. So it goes without saying that whether I work with clients, or deliver content to our readers right here at PL, the software tools I use must be reliable.
As a long time Adobe user, I have been utilizing its products for many years now. As I had previously stated in my article on Creative Cloud, I was quite unhappy when Adobe decided to force its user base to the Creative Cloud platform. While I initially started off with the basic Lightroom + Photoshop photographer’s package at $9.99, I had to eventually move up to the full cloud subscription at $50/month to gain access to other software such as Premiere, After Effects and Illustrator. Such tools were needed to produce our video courses and other material.
However, ever since using this plan, I have grown very frustrated with Adobe’s lack of quality control when new software updates are released, and the rising cost of Creative Cloud platform has been forcing me to move to more cost-effective and reliable alternatives.
The Problem with Unreliable and Buggy Updates
I can understand that running the latest and greatest can come with its list of issues, but Adobe has been taking it to a whole new level with each incremental update. It feels like the company doesn’t care to do much testing before releasing these updates, causing all sorts of problems for end-users. We have previously seen Lightroom crash non-stop after an update, which also came with an import screen that nobody wanted (Adobe had to issue a fix, revert to old important screen and publicly apologize). Lightroom’s abysmal performance issues have still not been addressed (Lightroom has been steadily getting slower overtime), and although the new Lightroom CC (not the “Classic”) is supposed to be the future, I have experienced many crashes of it on both desktop (PC and MacBook Pro) and mobile versions of the software (iPad Pro).
Fast forward to earlier this week, when I was trying to export some footage from Premiere Pro, which I am thankfully no longer using (more on this further down). I fired up the latest version of Premiere Pro (v13.1.2), opened my project that was last saved on older Premiere Pro v12.1.1, saved the project as new version (which Premiere forces you to), then navigated to the footage that I needed to extract. I got greeted with a “Media pending” message on all After Effects graphics that I added to the project. I first thought that it was OK to see this, perhaps the project was still loading in the background. I left for lunch, came back and the screen was still the same:
I thought something was up with the After Effects connection, so I fired up the original media in the latest version of After Effects (v16.1.1) and once I switched back to Premiere Pro, I got the error that was breaking the connection:
I spent hours trying to find a solution to this problem. Read a bunch of topics on Adobe Forums and tried many different things including clearing cache – all to no avail. I gave up, downgraded back to the previous version of Premiere Pro and After Effects, and only then was I able to finally access the media. This was not the first time I experienced issues with Premiere Pro and After Effects – on my previous project, I ended up rendering all After Effects graphics before exporting footage to video files, because all media was identical. The worst part about all this, is that you might not even know that you have a problem with the current version of the software. I have had my share of problems in the past, where I would work on a project and do a lot of edits, only to discover that things were very broken. Once you do the edits, you cannot migrate them to the previous version, and the upgraded project file cannot be opened on older Premiere Pro or After Effects.
I have experienced similar problems with other software as well, including Photoshop. For example, the latest version of Photoshop refuses to save settings in the Legacy Export window. If I navigate to Export -> Save for Web (Legacy) -> Optimize Menu -> Edit Output Settings -> Saving Files (Dropdown) and uncheck “Unix” to prevent OS from inserting dashes in my file names, once I close out of Photoshop and reopen it, the checkmark comes right back! I could list a lot more issues like this, but I am honestly sick and tired of dealing with them, to the point where I gave up using most of Adobe’s software.
The Rising Cost of Creative Cloud
Earlier last year I got an email from Adobe warning me of the upcoming price increase on the Creative Cloud suite – the full subscription was going up from $50 to $53 – a 6% increase. Single apps saw a smaller 5% increase, but Creative Cloud for Teams increased from $70 to $80 per month – a whopping 14% increase. And those who started out with a first-year special deal saw much higher price hikes, up to 60%.
What about the most popular $9.99 Photography plan that includes Lightroom and Photoshop? It didn’t see any changes in North America. I suspect that Adobe knew very well that the photography community is very vocal and there would be a public outcry from all over the world if the price of this plan was adjusted. However, earlier this month, Adobe silently hid the $9.99 plan from some regions, only revealing the new $19.99 plan, as well as individual $9.99 plans for Lightroom and $20.99 for Photoshop:
Lo and behold, the news quickly propagated across the photography community, with many photography news sites going over this change. The reactions were obviously very negative, with most people threatening to leave Creative Cloud if the price of this plan doubles. PetaPixel reached out to Adobe in regards to this change, to which the company responded as follows:
From time to time, we run tests on Adobe.com which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to Adobe.com. We are currently running a number of tests on Adobe.com.
It looks like Adobe wanted to see how the world would react to the 100% price hike on the most popular Creative Cloud plan. The feedback was obviously not good, so the company quickly went back to the $9.99 offering. As of today, no region in the USA has the $19.99 offer anymore (and I tested pretty much every region coast to coast).
The point I am trying to make with all this, is that Creative Cloud prices are already going up and will continue to go up in the future, as we have previously warned in our articles – it is just a matter of time. Once Adobe captures as many creatives and companies as possible, it will be able to adjust its prices however it wants. In fact, the company is trying to get as many people as possible on its cloud offerings now, thanks to new products like Lightroom CC that store photographs on the cloud. In turn, this will make it very difficult for creatives to switch to alternative software later on, because their work is not only incompatible with most third-party software, but also because it resides on the cloud. The only way to regain access to their files will be to pay Adobe.
A Note on Lightroom CC: by default, the option “Store A Copy Of All Originals At The Specified Location” is unchecked in Lightroom CC Preferences. If you want to make sure that your computer has a backup of all images stored on the cloud, you must make sure to enable this option and point to a particular folder on your computer. Otherwise, Lightroom will only download some files and purge others, as it deems necessary.
Creative Cloud Alternatives
Ever since I started experiencing issues with Premiere Pro and After Effects, I decided to abandon the software and move away to a more stable platform. I tried out Final Cut Pro X and boy, it felt right at home!
It was much easier and more fluid to use, and although it does have its own share of problems, they are not as bad as those I have experienced on Premiere Pro. I love the fact that I can open up FCPX on any machine I have simultaneously, without getting prompts to sign out and sign back in, as what happens on Creative Cloud apps (limited to 2 devices only). Editing video footage is a breeze and all kinds of effects can be easily added without third-party plugins. Heck, even my kids could figure out how to do basic editing with FCPX. While Final Cut Pro X might not have all the bells and whistles of Premiere Pro, for me at the moment it does everything I need to do, and more. I figured that if I ever feel limited by FCPX, I can always move up to something more serious like DaVinci Resolve.
When it comes to photo editing software, Spencer and I have been steadily moving from Lightroom Classic CC to Capture One. The transition is somewhat slow due to the sheer number of images that need to be imported into Capture One, but it is going well. While at it, we are both trying out other alternatives, some of which we have already featured on Photography Life. I will write a separate article listing different software alternatives for both Photoshop and Lightroom in the next few days, so stay tuned!
Are you a Creative Cloud subscriber? If yes, how worried are you about prices going up in the future? Have you been frustrated with software bugs and performance issues when using Creative Cloud software? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
If you decide to move to another post-processing tool and you want to completely remove all Adobe Creative Cloud applications, you might come across software removal issues. In this article, I go through the process of completely removing Adobe CC and its applications.
The process of removal of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) software should be simple, according to Adobe .. If Adobe CC desktop software does not uninstall, download and run Adobe CC uninstaller software.. Once Adobe CC desktop software is completely removed, remove all other Adobe bloatware present on the computer using the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool.. Once all Adobe apps are removed, the next step is to remove the Adobe CC desktop app itself.. Despite this, the Adobe CC desktop app still failed to uninstall, so the next step was to download and run the Adobe CC uninstaller software.. From there, the next screen will show you all the bloatware Adobe left on your computer:. Now that the cleaner removed all Adobe software, my next step was to remove all the relevant folders that are left over in Program Files folder in my computer.. Download and run Adobe CC uninstaller software.. A new screen will come up, asking if you want to remove the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app:
A guide that shows off the best photo viewer apps on Windows 11 that support many formats and allows them to be easily edited.
At most, a photo viewer just needs the ability to look at your photos.. But as if any good software, a good photo viewer app takes things even further beyond looking at photographs.. Adobe Lightroom is a photo management and editing tool capable to organize and improve images quality with market-leading functionalities.. It can also be used as a universal image editing tool, although the tools that it has can be a little of the light side for more people.. Very few apps support these two formats, so if you’re a photographer that utilizes them, Apowersoft is the viewer for you.. The last recommended photo viewer app for Windows 11 is Movavi Photo Manager.. Like all the other apps, it supports a wide range of image formats.. If you’re looking for a photo viewer with a simple user interface, 123 Photo Viewer is a fantastic option.. IrfanView is a free fully-fledged photo viewer that offers a wide range of features.. IrfanView can be customized with PlugIns that will enable the app to handle additional image, video, and sound formats.. The free version of Google Photos allows you to store up to 15GB of photos, which would be enough for most people, and you can always create a new account if you want more.. Still having issues?Fix them with this tool:
Advanced options for backing up work
The best backup software helps you reliably backup your saved files and folders, as well as provide advanced options to better manage your saved data.. While there are cloud backup solutions (opens in new tab) such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive available for general use, it's best not to rely on a single backup solution.. While there are also free backup solutions (opens in new tab) available, here we'll focus on the paid-for software, though a number have free tiers or free trails available.. Reasons to avoid Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, formerly known as Acronis True Image, is a full featured backup solution that promises to “never lose another file.”. In the Home and Home Office tier, it can handle an incremental or full backup for up to 16TB of data, including coping with multiple partitions, hardware RAID, and it also supports cloud backups.. Paragon Backup & Recovery offers a flexible solution to simplify complex backup solutions.. NovaBackup is a solid backup solution available as a subscription, and ideal for the essential backup task of making a copy of your computer’s hard drive on local media.. This software is focused on traditional drive backup to a media drive, and the developer offers separate solutions for other situations including Android backup and cloud backup needs, keeping Genie Backup Manager from being a more comprehensive application.. There are a few other options worth considering, not least free backup software (opens in new tab) which is still useful but will tend to have fewer options and configurations you can customize for what you need, plus of course there's always the option to use cloud backup software (opens in new tab).. Cobian Drive (opens in new tab) is something you install and setup on your PC for local use, which means that your saved files and folders are saved elsewhere on your machine, such as a second hard drive specifically for backups, or an external hard drive for the same purpose.
The next generation in deflicker plugins, Flicker Free, video plugin for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Davinci Resolve and other OpenFX host applications from Digital Anarchy.
Flicker Free is a powerful and simple way to remove flicker from your video.. However, it works on flicker from LED or Fluorescent lights, Slow Motion (high speed) footage, Drone footage, and much more.. You can download the demo version of Flicker Free to test the plugin and see how easy it’ll eliminate flicker from your footage.. The Light Wrap Fantastic plugin is easy to use.. You almost don't need tutorials to use this video effects software!. Composite will render the light wrap on your image, Wrap renders just the light wrap itself.. This tutorial talks about how to use Light Wrap Fantastic in After Effects to make better composites for blue or green screen footage.. This tutorial talks about how to use Light Wrap Fantastic in Final Cut Pro to give you an overview of this fantastic tool for compositing masked or keyed footage.. This tutorial goes over Light Wrap Fantastic within Adobe Premiere Pro to show how you can create much better composites using light wrap.. The Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0. Plugins don't recognize masks that are applied to the same layer as the plugin.. The plugin is GPU accelerated and really shouldn't add much rendering time to your project.
Darktable, a free open source raw editor, has been updated to version 4.0.0. The latest release adds many new features, including color and exposure mapping, filmic v6, a new color space, revamped UI and much more.
Just about a year after releasing darktable 3.6 , the darktable team has announced darktable 4.0.0 .. The major release adds many new features to the open source photography workflow app and raw image editor, including color and exposure mapping, filmic v6, guided Laplacian highlight reconstruction, a new perceptually uniform color space, revamped user interface, performance improvements, and much more.. Color and exposure mapping comprise a new feature in the 'exposure' and 'color calibration' modules that allows you to define and save a specified target color/exposure for the color pickers.. You can use this tool to perform white balance adjustments against non-gray objects of known color, or ensure consistent color across a batch of images.. Darktable 4.0.0 now includes a 'fully-sanitized color pipeline' from input (color calibration), creative changes (color balance RGB) and through to output (filmic v6).. This uses a 'multi-scale wavelet scheme to extract valid details from non-clipped RGB channel(s)' and 'propagates the color gradients from neighboring valid regions using edge-aware color diffusion.'. The team writes that this feature promises to limit color bleeding through edges, such as green leaves bleeding color into a reconstructed blue sky.. Darktable 4 introduces the darktable Uniform Color Space 2022 (darktable UCS 22).. Collapsible sections within modules have been redesigned to improve functionality, plus channel mixer RGB, exposure and color calibration modules include new collapsible sections.. There are many more other changes, including a color glossary, new contrast parameters, a new 'collection filters' module, improved search, improved export options, improved shortcuts when using sliders, a new raw exposure function, and more.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:MSFT) Q4 2022 Earnings Conference Call July 26, 2022 5:30 PM ET Company Participants Brett Iversen - General Manager, Investor Relations Satya Nadella -...
This quarter, revenue was $51.9 billion, up 12% and 16% in constant currency.. Azure and other cloud services revenue grew 40% and 46% in constant currency, about 1 point lower than expected, driven by a slight moderation in Azure consumption growth across customer segments.. And in gaming, revenue declined 7% and 5% in constant currency, in line with expectations.. This has been included in the guidance we will provide on today's call.. We expect Office 365 revenue growth to be sequentially lower by roughly 2 points on a constant currency basis with a bit more FX impact on U.S. dollar growth than at the segment level.. In Windows commercial products and cloud services, customer demand for Microsoft 365 and our advanced security solutions should drive growth in the high single digits.. In closing, we continue to see strong demand for our products and services and increased commitment to our platform as we remain focused on delivering compelling customer value in this dynamic environment, resulting in continued share gains.. To Keith's question and your question, Mark, I think I'd say I'd start there because whether it's on the demand side with consumers or SMBs, I think Amy in her remarks talked about some of that even in our results in the quarter.. You saw customers, as Satya discussed, much like they always do, focus on optimization and continuing to think about which new workflows to prioritize and start.
Use this step-by-step how-to and discover the easiest and fastest way to make a chart or graph in Excel. Learn when to use certain chart types and graphical elements.
Column Charts: Some of the most commonly used charts, column charts, are best used to compare information or if you have multiple categories of one variable (for example, multiple products or genres).. Bar Charts: The main difference between bar charts and column charts are that the bars are horizontal instead of vertical.. You can often use bar charts interchangeably with column charts, although some prefer column charts when working with negative values because it is easier to visualize negatives vertically, on a y-axis.. To name your chart , double click the Chart Title text in the chart and type a title.. Click Add Chart Element and click Chart Title .