Eric travels a lot and he wants to take his workstation and create a server he can access online. But he's concerned that his subscription licenses won't be verified if he accesses them remotely. Leo says this is why he hates copy protection. It's a hassle for people who play by the rules. One thing Eric could do is uninstall his Creative Cloud apps on one computer and reinstall on his mobile devices. That'll clear one of his licenses for use while traveling.
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Jose wants to know if he has to keep paying the monthly subscription fee to use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Leo says he does. Adobe no longer sells a boxed version and has gone to the monthly subscription. Jose could go to an annual subscription. Leo doesn't like it, but that's the way it is. So here's an option:
Skylum makes great software for photos called Luminar, and HDR program called Aurora. Lifetime licenses are just $60. Or, he could buy Adobe Photoshop Elements. Jose can get about 80% of the capability of Photoshop for one price.
Sam just got an iMac and wants to know what's the best software for editing photos. Leo says the best bet is to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers. For $10 a month, he'll get full versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It's a great deal. Lightroom is the standard. Sam should also check out Apple Photos. It's a great way to start out. Leo also recommends Skylum (formerly MacFun) Luminar, which is $59.
A bug in the latest update of Adobe Creative Cloud deletes the highest value folders on your hard drive. It was found out when a backup program called BackBlaze actually broke looking for missing files.
Pat has been making videos of his trips along with images that he's taken. He uses Paintshop Pro and nobody supports it anymore. Leo says it's high time to upgrade to Adobe Lightroom. Paint Shop Pro is well over a decade old and sooner or later, a company is going to stop supporting it, called "end of life." Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom is best designed for that. Even Photoshop Elements will get him mostly there. Better yet, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers subscription is only $20 a month.
Mark's daughter has a Dell Core i5 with a Wacom tablet for graphic design and she wants to buy Photoshop. Leo says that subscribing to Adobe's creative suite is a good idea. In the long run, she won't pay as much and she'll have access to everything for $50 a month.
Adobe's Creative Cloud has been hacked, exposing millions of accounts to hackers. Although the passwords were encrypted by Adobe, the hints were not, allowing hackers to deduce what passwords were. Most were set to "123456," or "password." Adobe has required users to change their password immediately, but the damage may have already been done since credit cards are linked to the accounts. Leo advises everyone to make passwords very difficult to deduce or to crack via brute force attack.
Kevin is looking for an alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud since he thinks that $40 a month to use Photoshop is too much. Leo says that Adobe has been wanting to do this for a long time. Adobe is afraid of piracy and have figured out they can make more money by renting out the software instead of selling it.
Here are some other solutions: