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Why does Adobe insist on such confusing software names for the LightRoom products?

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Sep 02, 2020

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Naming 101, from the first day of software design in 1979, is make your file names different enough that you can distinguish them when you return. I do not use LightRoom everyday. Or even every month. But I sure pay for it. When I come to open it up I need to figure out which program I am clicking on. I don't get it. It seems to be set up to intentionally make users mess up their libraries. I have had to backtrack once. This is a colossal error. Guaranteed to make the software less appealing and less useful.

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Why does Adobe insist on such confusing software names for the LightRoom products?

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Naming 101, from the first day of software design in 1979, is make your file names different enough that you can distinguish them when you return. I do not use LightRoom everyday. Or even every month. But I sure pay for it. When I come to open it up I need to figure out which program I am clicking on. I don't get it. It seems to be set up to intentionally make users mess up their libraries. I have had to backtrack once. This is a colossal error. Guaranteed to make the software less appealing and less useful.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I don't work for Adobe, so, have no way of knowing why they name the products as they do, and with the confusion that it causes customers. That being said, Lightroom Classic (i.e. the version that's been around since 2006/7 has an icon with the letters 'LrC' whereas the desktop version that forms part of the cloud ecosystem has an icon with just the letters 'Lr'. The lettering also applies to your catalogs.

 

Hope above helps.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Frankly, that is what a lot of us are wondering. We are all just users like yourself. And there doesn't seem to be any logical answer.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 02, 2020

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Why are you asking us? You should ask Adobe.

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Sep 02, 2020

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I can't help you with that one, but I did consider it a bizarre nomenclature decision when Adobe chose to change an application the whole world has known from year dot to Lightroom Classic. 

 

Classic is a very cutesy, rustic, naive, homespun sort of word.  It doesn't exude an image of technological progess.  With Classic, I think of little white-haired old grannies tinkering with kitten and puppy photographs whist chicken broth is bubbling away on the range.

 

I mean, FFS, why didn't they just leave things how they were and name the icloud app, er, Lightroom Cloud?      

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Why? Probably because they want us all to go to the cloud version ulitmately. But as I've just expanded to a 24TB catalof drive. I'd hate to be paying that as a monthly sub. They don't even have a sliding scale of rates. 

Sean McCormack http://seanmccormack.com

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Everyone wonders the same thing all the time!

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