Two things happened recently which made me look at options to PS. First I had a virus attack, which wiped one of my drives, fortunately it was the drive with all the programs on so my work in progress on the other drive was OK. I was not worried as after I'd dealt with the virus I had all the discs and codes to reinstall my programs, or so I thought. When I came install CS3 I found the disk was damaged, Adobe apparently no longer supports CS3 so it was buy the new CC version or was it?
I object to being forced to use 'the cloud' I just don't trust it and at £8'sh a month it's dammed expensive in the long run. I got LR5, which is fine as far as it goes; Irfanview is a good free program for batch processing but is limited in other ways.
There are several Serif programs which provide good alternatives to the market leaders.