As long as an “Essential” edition is available, people will get frustrated because they have tested the “Elite” Edition (there is no way to switch the trial to “Essential”) and got themselves the “Essential” edition in order to save a few bucks.
I do have a license for DPL4 Essential and wanted to show the differences and focus on the differences that would bug me most in relation to image customising. Your mileage may vary and it is not my intention to present the definitive answer to all your questions…
Again, all that follows relates to DPL version 4.
Thank you, @Egregius : Now I would like to have a contact at DxO to suggest a direct explanation of some functions (like mouse hovering with, or a link to, a bit more text). Also, at first glance the feature list of Elite is shorter and appears a bit wildly structured. I’v e seen lists like that which led the reader directly to the differences and additional benefits, sorted in topics.
FP and VP palettes are shown, but not expanded in the Elite screenshot. You can always look at the other screenshot to see what you’re missing without FP and VP…except for the “hidden” features that come up in DPL’s tool panels, e.g. the additional contrast sliders.
Yes, differences have been communicated more clearly, but the current way works too, at least for people who already know DPL…
From the way how DxO is now making the essential editions less prominent (clicking on “buy” takes you to the elite edition page), I get the feeling that DxO is a) trying to push Elite and b) possibly considering to dump Essential, which, imo, would offer a few advantages to DxO (less stuff to maintain, support and document) and more happy users (lower number of frustrated users that have fallen into the “cheap” trap).
Yeah - it’s great information, but could be more detailed and is too hard to find - e.g., not available directly from the product marketing pages at dxo.com. An example of what could be more detailed: the FilmPack comparison table shows “micro-contrast” as a feature of the Elite Edition, but what you actually get with PhotoLab integration is a set of “fine contrast” sliders that complement the already-existing microcontrast adjustments.
Yes, FilmPack 6 has been available for a while now. PhotoLab 4 and 5 were updated to include its integrated features.
Honestly, either get elite or none. I find the essential version completely pointless with the lack of DeepPrime. You save some money but how much do we spend on photo gear and computer hardware to then skimp on the software?
I paid €229 for the PL1 Elite “Photosuite” bundle in December 2017
I then paid €69.99 for the PL2 upgrade in October 2018
The same again for the PL3 upgrade in 2019
The PL4 upgrade was similar, although I can’t find the invoice but the PL5 + FP6 upgrades came to €89 in November 2021.
I really don’t count that as expensive, especially since it is the only software I regularly pay for, apart from Affinity Photo, which cost me about €50 a few years ago. Especially since Lightroom would cost me €144 per year.
in addition, as of course you know, if you decide to no longer upgrade DxO’s products they will continue to work.just fine into perpetuity, but if you stop paying for an Adobe subscription you lose editing capability immediately!