The recent 6.0.1 / CC 2015.0.1 patch, released on April 30th is now available for manual download. One of the issues addressed by the patch is a crash on launch. Users not affected by this crash, or users on Adobe Creative Cloud, had no problem accessing the patch through the in-app or Creative Cloud update systems.
Users on the perpetual Lightroom 6 license, and who were experiencing the crash on startup, could not get access to the patch. Now you can download it manually.
You’ll need to scroll to the section titled “What if the computer that Lightroom is on is not connected to the internet?”
Yes, there is a perpetual license version of “Lightroom CC 2015” available. Unsurprisingly Adobe named it “Lightroom 6.” The names are different, but the two are largely the same except that the non-CC (aka “perpetual”) version does not provide access to Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web.
Adobe is marketing the cloud subscription model with all its might so you may find it difficult to locate any mention of the perpetual version, but it does exist.
I’ll put up a direct link as soon as I have one, but for now Go to Adobe’s Lightroom product page, scroll all the way to the bottom, and look for the “buy now” button in the box for Lightroom 6 Standalone. You can also try using this direct link, which will add one copy directly to your shopping cart. In either case, it will default to the full version with a price (as of this moment) of $149.00. Once it’s in your cart, you can click the “Edit” button in the upper right to change it to an upgrade version for $79.00. Upgrade pricing is available to anyone who owns any version of Lightroom 1 through 5. These links are only for Adobe’s “ESD” (Electronic Software Download) version, which lets you download the installer online, but does not include physical media.
[Edit 1: Some have noticed that you won’t see the option to buy the perpetual version if you are logged into your Adobe account. Try logging out and then reloading the Adobe Lightroom product page. To clarify, this page will not show you the Buy Now option if you are logged into an Adobe account.]
[Edit 2: After changing from the Full version to the Upgrade version, you’ll need to tell it which version you currently own before you’ll see the lower price reflected in the shopping cart.]
[Edit 3: The link for a perpetual version in the UK appears to be here. I’m not UK based, but I hope this helps. Thanks to @UK_Richard for the link.]
If you take regular advantage of both Lightroom and Photoshop upgrades, you may save some money by subscribing to the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
[Update: This article was valid for quite a while, but some time in the last year or so, the Spyder 3 has stopped working for many people. I also no longer have my Spyder 3, so I can’t even tinker with it to discover a workaround. At this point, the Spyder 3 is beyond end of life. Even if the electronics are still functioning, it’s likely that the color filters in the device have aged enough that it doesn’t reliably see color, and therefore produces skewed color profiles.]
Does the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro work with Windows 8? In a word, “yes.”
This bears mentioning only because, if you paid attention to the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor for Windows 8, the Spyder 3 Pro was flagged as a software item that would require a “paid upgrade.” Well never fear, my dear reader, as this information is incorrect. I’ve just finished installing Windows 8 Pro on my computer (whether it’s pro, home, or otherwise should be irrelevant,) and the Spyder 3 Pro software is working quite nicely. I’ve already calibrated and profiled one screen, and my other screen is ticking along nicely as I type this. Continue reading Spyder 3 Pro & Windows 8