I have watched the evolution of Skylum's software over the past few years. There was Luminar 3, PhotoLemur (introduced, supported for a while, then discontinued), Luminar Flex (introduced, lasted about a year as a product, then was discontinued - I still can't understand why they introduced this one), Luminar 4, and now the latest announcement of Luminar AI. It should be noted that the AI announcement mentioned that Luminar 4 would only get limited bug fixes in the near future.
So, there seems to be a trend at Skylum. They introduce new software, support it for a year or two, then discontinue it. I've used Luminar (the original version up through version 4) off and on since it was introduced, but this is the last version I'll purchase.
Skylum seems intent on constantly changing Luminar without addressing some of the fundamental shortcomings that have existed since its inception. How about the ability to create export templates? Everyone exports. I've seen repeated requests for this in forums, yet they continually ignore this basic feature. How about better highlight recovery? Mildly blown out highlights turn grey when dialed down. How about the fact that my Macbook Pro cooling fan comes on full speed when I start using Luminar? That would indicate that there's some very inefficient processing under the hood to me (as a software engineer of 30 years). Let's not forget that Aurora HDR hasn't had an update in about two years.
Skylum's product line appears to be a ship without a captain, adrift in the ocean, with no sense of a home port on the horizon. They started out going East, abandoned that direction and decided to go West for a while. After a short distance, they then turned North, and, instead of refining their voyage in that direction, they changed to a Southern route. They've gone all four directions on the compass and still haven't found their way.
I just don't get it - and I won't get it anymore.
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