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CC2015.6 / 6.6 released

Adobe have just released Lightroom 6.6 / 2015.6 – and it’s a more interesting update than usual. In addition to the new camera and lens support, there are two big changes:

– Dramatic speed improvements in Develop – A “guided” upright mode allows you to control straightening on images

Free Nik

Yesterday Google announced that they are making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Google may not have made significant improvements to the Nik desktop apps since they acquired them, but I don’t see any downside here. I’ve always been a fan of Silver Efex Pro, and only really questioned its price. Now it’s free, I can’t see any good reasons why you wouldn’t get it.

Lightroom Web’s new search tool

Lightroom on the Web, the browser-based sibling of Lightroom Mobile, has a new feature or “technology preview” – a search tool.

It obviously uses metadata for searching, but it also uses come pretty clever recognition techniques.

Panorama Merge and Spot Corrections

Lightroom 2015.5 is released with a feature that I have wanted ever since Panorama Merge was added – correct handling of dust spot corrections.

It should have a big impact on the way we use the merge tool.

In short, from now correct your dust spots before you run the merge.

Ten years ago today….

It’s exactly ten years since Lightroom first appeared. As is often my inclination, a scene from Monty Python comes to my mind. It goes along the lines of OK, apart from helping us manage our photos more efficiently, adjust them better and faster, get prints up on the wall, output pictures to the web, get them off and onto our mobile devices, precisely what have the Romans ever done for us? But of course, that’s the short version of the scene!

Mac v Windows

My estimate is that Lightroom use on Mac now outnumbers Windows by 2:1.

This is based on visitor statistics to this site which show 51% Mac, 25% Windows, and this 2:1 is very consistent with the trend which had been steadily climbing from 50% in 2012 to above 60% in mid 2013.

While these are only visitor statistics, I think they are probably representative of Lightroom users, After all, if you aren’t a Lightroom user, you’d be an idiot to visit this site!

Adobe’s FY2015

Adobe have released their financial results for FY2015. They now have 6.17 million Creative Cloud subscriptions which is 50% above target and represents 35% of their CC/CS user base.

Cropping with Syncomatic

Syncomatic is my plugin that syncs metadata and adjustments between files with similar names or within stacks. But one thing has annoyed me ever since I wrote it 6-7 years ago – it couldn’t sync the crop.

I always wanted to do it – why wouldn’t I? – but for reasons best known to themselves Adobe didn’t make crop available and it’s been even more painful since I heard people were using it for a raw+JPEG workflow involving Lr Mobile.

Sadly, possible workarounds involved techniques I disliked, or relied on undocumented features in Adobe’s SDK, and would trigger large and unnecessary backups. And none seemed reliable anyway. So I just kept the idea on my to-do list.

Finally when Lightroom 6 came out someone noticed it included a second SDK method to apply adjustments, so I dug around and saw that it included crop settings. The method is undocumented, and it does only more...