Adobe and their Lemmings have ignored the bugs in Lightroom 5 in lieu of features. They are great features, but the bugs win out in this latest update.
Oh, those poor little misunderstood creatures who have been associated with following the pack to the extent of driving themselves to mass suicide. Lemmings, nonetheless, has become a noun to describe people who follow the pack, even when the pack is wrong.
Nobody likes to be a lemming, yet so many people are. Look at the fads in electronics! Look at the number of people still using the iPhone in spite of better technology now existing. Look at the number of people who use Facebook when there is more secure and better social media. I could go on.
For me, I like quality. I choose equipment and software based on quality, not public opinion. That’s why I get really torqued when I pay good money for software and it crashes.
I spent a good 6 hours today dealing with an Adobe issue. Sorry, but I can no longer recommend someone buy Adobe products. Today was the last straw. And, to top it off, when I went to report the bug, I got caught in an infinite loop on their bug reporting site. UHG! Not only does Lightroom 5 have some major bugs, but so does Adobe’s bug reporting site.
(banging my head right here – can’t you tell?)
Back when Adobe came out with Lightroom, someone at Adobe had this harebrained idea to do public beta testing. Basically, the way it works is you put it out there to the public to use for free, and hope (emphasis on hope) they report the bugs. You know what? That doesn’t work.
Features vs Quality
I would much rather have quality over features. Imagine a car with every bell-and-whistle, and how frustrating that car would be if every time you turned the radio on, the power steering died, or if every time you got an oil change the car wouldn’t start until you re-installed the battery. I’ve just described my frustrations with Lightroom 5.
When you take all of the time I have wasted dealing with restoring my huge Lightroom catalog after a Lightroom 5 crash, it probably totals up to about 40 hours. At my billing rates, that over $4400 Adobe owes me for dealing with this piece-of-junk release of Lightroom.
Perhaps this belongs in my photography blog, but for now, I’m venting my frustrations here. If you’re looking for a good alternative to Lightroom, check out ACDsee Pro. When it comes to file handling and organization, it actually does a far better job than Lightroom ever has. Another good alternative is DxO Labs’ Optics Pro, however, they don’t support enough cameras for my taste – specifically the X-Trans Fujifilm based sensors. And, it is a slow running program compared to all the others. Finally, there is AfterShot by Corel. AfterShot actually does layers and that, is very cool.
Shooting Themselves in the Foot
The sad part is it is Adobe that has shot itself in its own foot. Lightroom 5 crashes when you are working in it at the same time an Adobe update arrives. When that happens, LR5 goes bonkers, dies, kills your computer, and corrupts the database. Yet, when an updated arrived from Java, it didn’t cause LR5 to lock up. Neither have updates from other companies. But, Adobe’s live update somehow interacts with LR5 in a way that LR5 wanders off in to regions where there is no return.
As a former software developer, I find this unacceptable. With all of the bugs in LR5, they have the audacity to release a new update that offers mobile iPad support for LR5. FIX THE BUGS and forget the features for now. Adobe and their Lemmings have ignored the bugs in Lightroom 5 in lieu of features. They are great features, but the bugs win out in this latest update.
Head in the Cloud
I guess you can say Adobe has their head in the cloud (pun intended) and is more concerned about the masses than they are the select few who have put them at the top. I’m debating on calling (on the telephone) to report the bug. I think I will, and when they try to get me to troubleshoot it I will ask what credit card they want my time charged to. After all, if you want something truly tested, you’ve got to pay your beta testers, and as far as I’m concerned, Lightroom 5 has never made it out of the beta test phase of software development.