No Apocalypse, but Hell must be frozen anyway. I am now a Lightroom 3 user!
Over the past few years, I have complained about Lightroom and my gripes with Adobe still stand:
1. There is no reason to have both Lightroom and Bridge. Adobe should merge these two programs once and for all. Even after years of maintaining both programs, Adobe has intentionally excluded certain features that are in one from the other. For example, Bridge can’t create catalogs and can’t even print a simple photo. You can’t even print the Meta data as a reference for a shoot! But, Bridge can handle Flash files which Lightroom can not.
2. Lightroom has never been included in the Adobe Suites nor Master Collection! WHY??? After spending all that money to upgrade to the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection 5, which includes every major Adobe title, it did NOT include Lightroom 3. Adobe forced Flash into every Suite and increased the overall price, but can’t throw in Lightroom? WHY?? And, now they want to add “.5” updates to double your upgrade cost!
So, why did I finally break down and purchase a Lightroom 3 license?? The stars aligned…
1. Amazon offered a Gold Box discount on Lightroom 3 which brought the cost for a new license down to $129. And, don’t complain that you missed it. I sent out tweets about this and even posted it on my Facebook Wall and Blog Page. (You can still get the Student & Teacher Edition for $79, but you will need to verify your status.)
2. My Raid Drive failed again after deleting a massive amount of data. Raid just does not like it when you delete 500 GBs of files.
3. I found out that Lightroom can catalog DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.
Instead of rebuilding my Raid for a third time, I decided that I would just stick with my DVD and Blu-ray Archive disks. If you do not own a Blu-ray burner yet, you should. The prices have come down for the drive itself. (I use the LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue Internal SATA Drive.) And, the dual sided BD-R DL disks can hold 50 GBs of data! The blank disks are still expensive, but B&H does have a great price on 3-packs and 10-packs. Just make sure that they are the 6x BD-R DL blanks otherwise it will take forever to burn and verify!
I was playing “find the file” for over a month and was tired of the hassle. It was actually easier to just reshoot something then to wade through all the disks. That’s where Lightroom 3 came in. If you look at the above screen shot, I currently have over 55,000 photos cataloged in Lightroom 3. But, more on this tomorrow…