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May 19, 2014 15:42 |  #1

I want to acquire Lightroom 5. Never had it before.

Do I buy the dvd and download myself once it arrives or is it better to download the software direct from a supplier (Amazon?)

PLEASE, do not turn this into a debate about the wisdom or otherwise of Adobe Creative Cloud.
I have decided not to go that route and do not want to waste anyone's time raking over that debate again.

Thanks


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May 19, 2014 15:54 |  #2

What I did when I ordered CS6 last year was order my physical copies, download the trial version of the software so that I could use it immediatly, then plug in the serial code when my boxed product arrived.


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May 19, 2014 15:55 |  #3

Plumtreelad wrote in post #16915441 (external link)
I want to acquire Lightroom 5. Never had it before.

Do I buy the dvd and download myself once it arrives or is it better to download the software direct from a supplier (Amazon?)

PLEASE, do not turn this into a debate about the wisdom or otherwise of Adobe Creative Cloud.
I have decided not to go that route and do not want to waste anyone's time raking over that debate again.

Thanks

I like having the disk, but whenever they come out with an update (LR 5.XX) you have to download that anyway. Probably doesn't really matter much.


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May 19, 2014 15:56 |  #4

I bought the DVD when Newegg sold it cheap earlier in the year. I had the trial version on and just entered the code from the box and it registered. So basically the only difference is that at some point in the future if you want to reinstall and its not out there for download you'll at least have the media.




  
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May 19, 2014 15:57 |  #5

I bought the download version, but burnt the downloaded files to DVD.

No sure why though, as I can surely download it again it need ever arises.

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May 19, 2014 16:07 |  #6

Trugga wrote in post #16915472 (external link)
I bought the download version, but burnt the downloaded files to DVD.

No sure why though, as I can surely download it again it need ever arises.

Lawrence

Until 6 or 7 comes out and its no longer on the adobe download server.




  
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May 19, 2014 16:09 as a reply to  @ Trugga's post |  #7

The common advice would appear to be; get the trial version, then buy the dvd, as insurance and to obtain the authorisation code.

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May 19, 2014 16:09 |  #8

gonzogolf wrote in post #16915499 (external link)
Until 6 or 7 comes out and its no longer on the adobe download server.

But here in the UK, Amazon still offer the option of direct download


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May 19, 2014 16:15 |  #9

Plumtreelad wrote in post #16915509 (external link)
But here in the UK, Amazon still offer the option of direct download

Yes. Its still available direct for now. But should you want to reinstall at some point in the future you would be dependent on it being available on the internet via adobe, or perhaps amazon. Once Adobe releases subsequent versions there is no guarantee that the older versions will be available.




  
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May 19, 2014 16:21 |  #10

gonzogolf wrote in post #16915525 (external link)
Yes. Its still available direct for now. But should you want to reinstall at some point in the future you would be dependent on it being available on the internet via adobe, or perhaps amazon. Once Adobe releases subsequent versions there is no guarantee that the older versions will be available.

Thanks for that clarification. I think that it strengthens the argument for buying the dvd?


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May 19, 2014 16:32 |  #11

Plumtreelad wrote in post #16915540 (external link)
Thanks for that clarification. I think that it strengthens the argument for buying the dvd?

If you can find the disc for the same price certainly. In my case I purchased the disc cheaper than the download version via a special sale. If you have the trial version installed you dont even have to use the disc, just enter the activation code.




  
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May 20, 2014 10:05 |  #12

I asked a similar question a few weeks ago
I downloaded the 30 day trial and a few day before it expired I bought the CD and used its serial to activate the trial.

Keep in mind that the box is 5.0 and they are up to 5.4 now so you will still have to download it. I bought the CD because I like having a Disc and I found it on sale for 30$ less




  
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May 20, 2014 10:16 |  #13

gonzogolf wrote in post #16915525 (external link)
Yes. Its still available direct for now. But should you want to reinstall at some point in the future you would be dependent on it being available on the internet via adobe, or perhaps amazon. Once Adobe releases subsequent versions there is no guarantee that the older versions will be available.

Or you could just download the latest install and burn it to CD or copy to a USB drive and have the best of both worlds.


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May 20, 2014 12:26 |  #14

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Or you could just download the latest install and burn it to CD or copy to a USB drive and have the best of both worlds.

Now that is another option that I had not thought of.

Is it straight forward to bun a downloaded application to a cd or memory card?

Is it simply a drag and drop job?


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May 20, 2014 12:29 |  #15

When I purchased LR5, my only option was to download it since my Mac doesn't have a DVD drive. After downloading it, I made a copy to an external hard drive and made a backup to the cloud. I've done this for years even when I used Windows as insurance in case I don't like a newer version of a program or the application disappears from existence.


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