For some users, Luminar is a standalone tool. For others, its main value is as a plugin to be used inside their existing Digital Asset Management system. Some people are very happy with their existing DAM (Photos.app or Lightroom), while others would like to change. Rather than build a new DAM for people who want one, Skylum has chosen to convert Luminar from an image editor to a DAM that happens to have some built in image editing abilities.
For those of us who are totally happy with our existing DAM, this is awkward. I *only* ever use Luminar from *within* photos.app. But if Luminar has image management built in, what does that mean? Is there now a DAM running as a plugin inside my DAM?
To me, it would have made sense to keep Luminar as an image editor, and for Skylum to introduce a DAM alternative as a separate product.
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