battletone wrote in post #16948098
That makes no sense. ACR is the same thing that just gets piggybacked on the application. I never said ps needs to be updated for free forever. But if I bought lightroom with a more recent version of it for the engine, there is no reason photoshop cannot tap into that installation of ACR other than they want to force an upgrade.
It's not that complicated, but it is too simplistic to insist on something like you suggest!
If you buy the most recent version of Lightroom, you are paying for the most recent version of Camera Raw.
If you want the most recent version of Camera Raw in PS, then you pay for the most recent version of PS!
In other words, the two do get upgraded during their "life cycle", about every three months or so. But then, that life cycle ends (typically after 18 months or so) and a new version of LR comes out with a new version of Camera Raw, and a new version of PS comes out with that same version of Camera Raw, and the life cycle begins all over again.
Now, with CC, there may be some differences, I don't know, but always since LR began, it was released in conjunction with a new version of Photoshop, and the old version of Photoshop stopped being upgraded. Still, if you wanted to work with LR and an older version of Photoshop, you could either convert to a tiff or psd, or you could convert to DNG, but you couldn't edit Raw files in both.
Things were a bit different when LR4 came out while CS5 was still current, if you did a special update to the CS5 version of Camera Raw, you could do some "hand shaking" between LR4 and PS Camera Raw, but even that has its limits. It still boils down to if you want the latest (and greatest) with LR, you get the latest version of LR, and if you also want the latest and greatest in PS (including the new compatible Camera Raw) you upgrade Photoshop.
To insist that the older Photoshop version of Camera Raw be the same as the latest version in Lightroom, well, it just ain't so, but they do give us tools to work with between the two!