So Target’s shipping department is apparently color blind. Or maybe blind drunk.
The replacement HomePod I received was also white. Called Customer Service at 7am on Saturday and spoke to a nice lady apparently in the Philippines who, after putting me on hold for 10 minutes, reported that I was not the only customer to have suffered this mixup.
They offered me a 15% credit on my cc if I kept the white HomePod. Well, I do have some white furniture in my living room. $213 total you say? Okay, done.
B&H is offering a $25 gift card with purchase (card with download code) of a one-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which consists of Photoshop, Lightroom Classic (desktop app) Lightroom CC (newer, less full-featured cross-platform Mac/iOS app), and 20Gb cloud storage for the same $119.88 price Amazon charges.
The B&H and Amazon deals are good – the normal annual fee (paid monthly) is $179. I wonder if these deals can be applied to an existing Creative Cloud account? Well, I’ll just have to investigate and answer my question . . .
Yes, it should work. A year ago (in January?) Amazon had a 1-day sale on the plan for $99, and I was able to add the coupon-code to my existing subscription (which still had several months left). I’ve been impatiently waiting for a similar deal as my current subscription expires in September.
Lightroom Classic is only available by subscription, either with Photoshop (and Lightroom CC, recently just renamed “Lightroom”), or as an even more expensive package with all other Adobe apps.
You can still find standalone packages of the old, unsupported Lightroom 6 from 3rd party sellers, but it’s missing features and bugfixes and support of the current app.
If you want a stand-alone alternative to Lightroom I really like Capture One, whose Raw developer is just as good, and has superior tethering with major camera brands. But for some things I personally need specific features of Photoshop over either C1 or Lightroom. Your mileage may vary.
For iOS only I’d suggest looking at either Apple’s photos/iCloud, or Google Photos which is free for photos under 16Mb (or else you get charged the $10/month plan for 1Tb data).
Lightroom (not Lightroom Classic) is a robust cross-platform, cloud-based service/storage/post-production setup. For $9.99/month you can get it by itself, with 1Tb storage, for $9.99/month. Alternatively, if you also are using a Mac or PC, you can get it with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, but with only 20Gb cloud storage, for the exact same price.
All Adobe subscriptions let you log into the PS Express iOS app and unlock all the features:
If you use iOS apps to process your iOS images and you just want to manage them, I’d look first at Google Photos (at least until future iPhone image sizes bump against the limits for GP to be free). If you want built-in convenience (and more privacy than you get with Google knowing where you are and when) then I’d say choose Apple Photos for organizing.
Lightroom is particularly powerful as a one-stop-shop for cross-platform storage and image tweaking. But it’ll run you $120/year or so indefinitely. (Then again, the more you use iCloud the more storage you’ll end up needing and having to pay for too.)
FYI The Sweet Setup picked GoodNotes 4 as the best of its kind now for handwritten notes, and when the v.5 update came out (the other day?) they said it reinforced their opinion. (I don’t have any of these apps, so I can’t offer an opinion.)