Adobe's Photography plan apps

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rmoliv, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    I have just subscribed to this plan but I still didn't get what actual apps are included (other than Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic). There's contradicting info on Adobe's website and from their support.

    Different apps listed under the same plan according to different (Adobe) pages:

    Does anyone know?


    Also, the fact that the Media Encoder app is available to download here:!&from_ims=true&old_hash=&api=authorize is bugging me since - apparently - it's not included in the plan I subscribed to.

    Looks like Adobe is a mess...
  2. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    The $10/month one has Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC. The $10/month one is the Photographer's Plan. The other plans are more expensive but in general get you more programs - they are typically for media producers, other than just photos. Although why one would pay $21/month for Photoshop alone is mind boggling, but I guess it has to be an option under their single app plans. The $10/month plan was created by the backlash of hobbyist photographers who had no other option and wouldn't pay upwards of of $25/month or more when the subscription plan came out.

    What programs do you need/want?
  3. rmoliv, Apr 26, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018

    rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    That's the one I subscribed to, yes. I only need Lightroom (however I'm still unsure which one to use, seems rather redundant) and Photoshop. Nevertheless I'd like to download and explore any other apps that might be included under this subscription. That's what I'm attempting to understand since different pages (even though from the same source, Adobe) say different things. I thought I would have access only to those three apps indeed but this page ( says Lightroom Mobile, Adobe Portfolio, Typekit and Adobe Bridge CC are also included. I don't think I will need them it's just that I'd like to explore them in case the subscription allows it... :confused:
  4. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    LR mobile is for your phone and you can sync and edit images taken on your phone to a desktop version of LR.

    LR CC is similar to the mobile version but is for desktop use. I think it is geared for iPhoneograpers, and not people using big cameras and wanting full develop options.

    LR CC Classic is the renamed version of original LR 1-6.

    Typekit is used within design programs (like PS or Illustrator) and gives you access to limited free fonts, and others you can subscribe to.

    Bridge is free for anyone, a subscriber or not. It used to be a part of Photoshop but us now a standalone program. Most people who use LR don’t use Bridge now, but there are specific instances where it is beneficial.

    I don’t know what Portfolio does, but assume it’s some sort of social media type of program I don’t need.
  5. maflynn, Apr 26, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The difference are fairly clear:
    Photography Plan
    has Lightroom CC - The mobile/desktop version where your images are on the cloud,
    Lightoom Classic CC - Classic Lightroom with your images stored locally and is the true desktop app
    20GB of storage

    Lightroom CC plan is the same as the Photography plan except you don't get Classic LR but instead you get 1TB of cloud storage.

  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    When the new lightroom CC came out I couldn't see the point of it at first but I've found it very useful to install on my laptop (I have all my photos synced to the cloud and purchased the 1TB storage option) - I can now do quick uploads and edits on the go on my laptop and keep my desktop LR catalog in sync (which has always been a problem)
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    As long as everyone knows how feature poor Lr CC is compared to Lr Classic. One day there may be feature parity....and that will be when Adobe stops support of Lr Classic.
  8. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Adobe Portfolio is a website, and you can make one for yourself if you are a Photography Plan subscriber.

    Adobe Typekit is a source for fonts. You can access it via the menubar Adobe app. I don't recall the details, but I think it entitles you to a bunch o' free fonts to download and use.

    And Bridge is a standalone application.

    There are obviously overlaps between product packages and services; Adobe has MANY products, and this is without even consider site licensing and freebie utilities and such. They are professional products designed as much for Joe Hobbyist as say CNN.

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