Well the people who seem so bold about how right it is to pay for such a expensive product clearly can afford it. but for the people who in no way can afford it, it is far too expensive and out of reach.
SERIOUSLY?!?!? You're calling people bold for stating that stealing is wrong and you can't just TAKE whatever you want? You, SimpleJack, are the bold one.
Sure if it's your full time job and get paid weekly for your images then you can get your money back, but for someone who does it as a hobby it's not worth it spending $700 bucks to adjust some colors or to use content aware and remove some blemishes.
Then don't. This is NOT required to produce good photography. On the other hand if the hobbiest can afford it and wants it then, go for it. It's not much worse than buying another lens. MUCH cheaper in many cases. And, as others have already stated, there are other, cheaper alternatives that will do most, if not all, of what you need/want.
Not saying that I did. But it can be easily downloaded and installed within 20 minutes and you just saved yourself $700 bucks.. That's a whole months rent for some people who can barely afford to keep food on the table.
IMHO anyone "who can barely afford to keep food on the table" has bigger things to worry about than adjusting colors and removing blemishes in their photos.
My personal opinion thinks that it should only cost about $150 max. Don't ask me why, that is just how I feel.
In MY personal opinion you have no clue of the time and resources that go into developing quality, high level software.
I try very hard to stay out of the rants and attacks on this forum. But, this one...I couldn't hold back.