The countdown to the end of Lightroom as a standalone product is officially ticking, and the deadline is drawing near. Earlier today, Adobe released a fresh compatibility update for Lightroom 6, but in addition to adding support for cameras like the Nikon D850 and Fuji X-E3, Adobe also answered a burning question in the release notes: Is this the last upgrade of Lightroom perpetual product?

The answer, it seems, is no... but that last upgrade will arrive "towards the end of the year." Here is Adobe's answer in full:

As we align our investments in the direction of supporting our subscription-based products, the last version of Lightroom 6 will be coming out towards the end of the year. If there is a camera not supported in Lightroom 6, you can use the DNG converter before importing your images into Lightroom 6.

Once that final upgrade goes live, Lightroom 6 will become an 'unsupported' product, and if you intend to keep using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom you'll either have to subscribe to CC or deal with the less-than-ideal workflow described above... while you can. It might not take too many operating system upgrades before unsupported LR6 breaks entirely.

Not everybody is happy about this state of affairs... as Senior Reviewer Richard Butler pointed out last week:

RIP Lightroom 6: Death by Subscription Model