Some bad news for potential future Leica camera buyers: starting April 1, 2016 all Leica cameras will come only with a 90 days Adobe CC trial instead of the standalone Lightroom license (no, this is not an April's fool joke). Here is the full text of the press release:
April 1, 2016 – We would like to inform customers that Adobe Systems Incorporated has changed their perpetual license software model for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to a subscription-based model through the Creative Cloud Photography Plan.
As such, all Leica cameras manufactured from April 1, 2016, will receive the 90-day license version of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan which includes the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Photoshop Fix App, Lightroom Mobile App and other Adobe Apps and Services. The Creative Cloud Photography Plan can be activated after product registration in the Leica Owners’ Area, https:// owners.leica-camera.com/en/login
This new plan offers users many more advantages including the ability to seamlessly integrate workflows between desktop computers and mobile devices which is increasingly important to photographers. It also offers users 2 GB of cloud storage space.
After the 90-day license expires, customers can visit the Adobe website and convert their license to a paid subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. If a customer chooses not to extend the subscription, the Creative Cloud files are stored on the user’s desktop and the Adobe Creative Cloud servers.
Cameras manufactured prior to April 1, 2016 will still receive the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom perpetual license as part of its delivery scope. Existing customers will be able to download the software till the end of 2016.
Customers can get more information on the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan at https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/faq.html and for support requests in English at https://helpx.adobe.com/en/contact.html.