Bassat wrote in post #18475926
I think I must be the confused one. Perhaps it is in another thread the Adobe will NOT update LR6 after the Nikon 850, and will no longer support it. Both new versions are variations on the CC theme. Or so I thought (or didn't
Tom the new Lr "Classic" formerly known as CC although called Creative Cloud consisted of a suite of fully downloaded and installed applications, that worked exclusively on local files. The only cloud part about it was the fact that it was being retailed as a service, and you had to pay monthly for it. Because of the monthly payments thing it also required to check back with the licensing server at periodic intervals, which could be as much as every 90 days, depending on what payment plan you were on. That was the only operational difference between CC and the perpetually licensed Lr 6.x.
If you have been using Lr CC and chose not to continue with it, you do not lose all access to the program. You can still access all of the Library functions, including adding new images to it, although you can't access the Develop or Map modules. You can actually make some edits to images, since you still have access to the Quick Develop tools in the Library. This allows you to apply a single preset to the image, so if you set up a suite of common settings that you use you can actually do quite a lot of things with the image. Probably most anything a casual photographer might need, assuming they got the exposure etc right in camera. You can still do pretty much all of the export options too. The other thing is it seems that you can even do the updates to the new versions of the program, and the new trial period could allow you to create new presets taking advantage of any new global tools.
So even if you decide to go to a new program, you don't have to worry about losing or having to migrate all of your images to the system, since you will still have access to them in Lr.
The "new" Lr CC is what you would call a true cloud based system, although still running the code locally on your desktop as far as I can see. For anyone regularly shooting more than a couple of dozen images at a time in a RAW format the CC option looks a little difficult, since you will be moving a lot of data in both directions. You will also need a very good connection to make it really work. My image folders contain about 1 TB of master files, and on my current connection, which is the fastest available in my location I get about 1 MB/s in upload speed, so that is about 10^9 seconds worth of upload time, running constantly. 10^9 seconds is 31 years and change.
New CC is probably great for a new photographer, without a large existing library, who is shooting on a phone or similar device that supports RAW capture, it will allow them to get the best quality from the device. Since they are unlikely to be trying to upload large batches of images in one go they are much less likely to run into data limits, and they will be able to share and publish high quality images from the device itself. I can understand Adobe's move in this direction, it is aimed at a completely different market that pro or serious amature photographers. I would like to see Adobe improve the syncing options between the mobile/CC option and Lr Classic, using smart previews against the full on RAW file for example, since a 2500Px long edge preview is quite adequate on many smaller devices, I don't need full RAW resolution on my phone, even if it is a Samsung Note 4.