I liked Luminar until things seemed to go bad with V4. I joined a Facebook forum some time back, one that's not controlled by the company, and it's been such a chorus of complaints, both for Windows and Mac versions, that I held back on upgrading. I suggest spending some time in Facebook - Luminar and Skylum Issues before you take the leap.
I had been reluctant to move to V4 because I heard that there were problems in regard to using Apple Photos as an image repository and Luminar as an extension (my current practice), especially since Skylum wanted to have their own DAM module. I ended up holding back in part because of the complaints and in part because my photography has been face down in the water since the Plague started, but now that I'm inching back to doing something, I've been considering moving to something else, possibly Affinity.
If you take the plunge, I'd be curious how it comes out. It's unfortunate, since I did like Luminar.
David, I have been with Luminar since their version 2. I now have Luminar 4 and have used it quite a bit. I like it. I am currently running the Photoshop/Lightroom combo on two Macs from the Cloud. One day I will back away from the Cloud, when that happens, Luminar will be my stand alone application. Luminar is close to releasing their new Artificial Intelligence version soon called Luminar AI. You may consider waiting to see what this new version can do. I have already purchased my advanced copy with 2 seats, one for my laptop, one for my desktop.
Here is a link to the Skylum Insiders forum I have been watching.
A lot of the issues being experienced with the Mac will probably disappear in November or so, Apple is coming out with a new Mac,,I have been waiting,,,It will have SS drives and most importantly will not use Intel drives, According to the Creative Media Dept using their own dedicated drives will enable Mac users to incorporate other third party extensions and apps seamlessly ,
Luminar 4 has gone into meltdown. Whether it's a cynical ploy by Skylum to get us to upgrade to Luminar AI, I dunno. But L4 fails to work as a PS Plugin, and I only recently got it to Export as the Standalone version. Bought it really cheaply (£36 English pounds) but only use it for its phenomenal sky-replacement - worth the money for this alone (when it works!!)
"I have my own raid units so not worried about a repository...I have them stored in several places. Can you tell me what the forum is called pls"
The Facebook forum is Luminar and Skylum Issues.
I'm not short on external storage because I use Apple Photos for that and have several external, large SSD drives. My problem was that Skylum discussions included using their DAM instead of Photos, which has lots of my images, organized by content. I don't want to start over on that and, in regard to continuity, I have more faith that Apple and its image bank will be around longer than Skylum. I can't shake the feeling that Skylum's owner will wake up one day, decide to dump software and open an auto body shop.
Judy - "A lot of the issues being experienced with the Mac will probably disappear in November or so, Apple is coming out with a new Mac,,I have been waiting,,,It will have SS drives and most importantly will not use Intel drives, According to the Creative Media Dept using their own dedicated drives will enable Mac users to incorporate other third party extensions and apps seamlessly"
None of this seems to be an Apple issue but problems with Skylum. My use of Luminar has been seamless up to L3, but the problems seem to have come with L4. Windows users seem to be seeing worse problems so I assume that Skylum is divided in their efforts to make things work. It was a MacOS version changed that started all this with Luminar, so I'm waiting to see how the dust settles before I do anything and the last thing I would do is to move my image bank to Skylum at this point. Right now, it seems like I'd be moving my luggage ON to the leaky boat.
I find Luminar 4 works well. As far as not working as a plugin, easy to fix.
However, anyone purchasing Luminar 4 at this time should know support is about to end. According to Skylum, Luminar 4 will be supported for one year after the release of Luminar AI (soon), and then after that no support. So from this time forward, Luminar 4 has an approx. shelf life of 14 months or so.
Will I buy Luminar AI? Absolutely not. Not with what I know so far. I think it will end up being a marketing error by Skylum. Not getting into it here.
If you are limited in funds, I would probably recommend you spend monies on Topaz Studio 2. All around more useful.
"I gave up on luminar with v3. They promised lots but never delivered..."
I have had Luminar for years. I have stayed current with the chatter. This is, by far, the number one complaint about Skylum / Luminar - that they promise bug fixes that never happen, they promise features that are never added. And then they market a new product, making the established users (waiting for bug fixes and promised features) pay for the upgraded (new) product.
The old saying applies here: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
Promising bug fixes and features and never delivering on either seem to be a repeated behavior by Skylum. Because of this, I cannot recommend any Skylum product.
I like it and use it quite often, especially the stand alone version. The plugin for PS sometimes doesn't work well, but I think that it's due to the fact that it uses a lot of memory, and I often have other programs open. I like it though and I think it's useful, as well as Aurora. The package comes with actually 2 software with their respective plugins - nice!
*PS - Oh, no fake skies in my "Travel Art" group please! I can recognize them :)
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