I have found I really like Luminar, but it is DEFINITELY not "As Advertised". SkyLum made the mistake of jumping on the "Lightroom Replacement" band wagon and made a ton of promises they are not capable of providing and likely never will. This is obvious. In this process they lost two things.
ONE is, in the process of trying to become an LR replacement they lost the time to create what they now say is their priority; producing great tools (Note: Track record indicates priority could change next week) . That is what they do best - make good tools. I have used Luminar as a plugin for LR and as a stand alone. As a stand alone it leaves a GREAT DEAL to be desired, but as a plugin it is a second AND VERY GOOD alternate "Develop" module for Lightroom. The truth is Luminar works fantastic as a plugin for Lightroom.
But there lies the problem. Skylum lost time in developing as a plugin for other post process software like Capture One, On1, Affinity, etc, etc. Now instead of being a Lightroom Replacement they have become Lightroom DEPENDENT!
SECOND as they have failed miserably in producing what they promised "A Lightroom Replacement" now they are headed other directions leaving many if not most their customers quite disappointed. They have a MAJOR credibility problem the size of the Grand Canyon!! Hopefully they will realize this and start keeping on track with what they have promised.
I would be happy to see them focus on the tools they make so well, but MOST IMPORTANTLY they need to provide a way to use those tools WITHOUT forcing us to use Lightroom or Photoshop exclusively.
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