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Mixing CC and Perpetual Software Licenses for Adobe & Lightroom

This is likely a fringe case, but some of you may have Creative Cloud licensed software that does not include Adobe Lightroom.  How do you get Lightroom to register with a perpetual license even though you have the Creative Cloud utility installed, and the Lightroom trial defaults to a CC subscription?

Consider this scenario:

Maxine has a CC license for Adobe Illustrator on her computer.  She recently downloaded the trial for Lightroom 6 (the stand-alone version,) but noticed that after installing it, it was branded as Lightroom CC 2015.  Maxine prefers to have a perpetual license for Lightroom rather than a CC subscription.  What can she do? Continue reading Mixing CC and Perpetual Software Licenses for Adobe & Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom 6 Perpetual License

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.