I've been an advocate of MachPhun/Skylum software for several years now, but today it stops: experiment failed.
Starting with Aperture + MacPhun plugins ( a great combo), it was a bitter disappointment to hear Aperture being abandoned. Of course, skylum came about offering a potential replacement so I bought Luminar 2017 and waited, then waited, then waited. Stringing out Aperture to the last, then a brief-but-nasty foray with Photos, Luminar 3 finally arrived - hurrah!
Was Luminar everything I was hoping for - well, no, but I'm a patent man and it at least did the cataloguing in a sensible manner (albeit clunky). Bugs will be fixed... Having taken the plunge in January, after a plethora of updates its now August and we're no further forward: you're fixing bugs then introducing new ones in each update! Even just this morning, after yet another update, I was attempting to load some new photos into the system. Once again: crash bang: phantom photos, missing images, random weird stuff, recatalogue please!
The sudden realisation that I should be enjoying working on the photos, not worrying about how good my backups are.
So, if Luminar is ever to become a viable product, you really need to:
1. Stop focussing on new features and start *properly* fixing and testing the current features. A photo cataloguing system is only viable if its bullet-proof: Luminar very isn't.
2. Realise that the old MacPhun apps were actually better than Luminar: SnapHeal has now totally gone, Tonality and Intensify actually did a better job on the images than Luminar does.
3. Introduce proper stacks: i.e. non-destructive editing. Now I know the base file remains consistent, but having spent hours tweaking images only to find my daughter casually clicked on a few random presets which completely blew-away my work. If you insist on this way of working, then at least put a "save" button in as a fallback.
4. What exactly was the point of releasing Luminar for Windows when you couldn't get Luminar for Mac on schedule? You now have two broken apps to support instead of one which might have worked.
Sorry guys, you went from being a cool company with genuinely useful software to a corporate entity desperately chasing new marketing buzzwords for each release. Shame...
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