Lightroom 6.2 has just been released. However, if you use Mac I would recommend you wait before updating. Import has changed, not for the better, but CC subscribers will get Dehaze as a local adjustment But the most significant changes are in Lightroom Mobile which is now “freemium” and in Lightroom Web which now has editing tools in the browser.
This particularly applies to Mac users who may have updated to the latest version of the operating system which was released only days before Adobe’s latest Lightroom update. If you are one of those having problems with Lightroom 6.2 / 2015.2, it might be a good idea to roll back to a previous version of 6.
Unfortunately, previous versions aren’t obvious . . .
Adobe have just announced a change to how new cameras will be supported in Photoshop CS6 and earlier versions of Lightroom. Just don’t blame Adobe for not supporting these new raw file formats in software that’s now 4-5 years old – blame the camera maker for not offering an option to save your photos as non-proprietary DNGs.
I’ve not yet digested Puget Systems’ lengthy article on Adobe Lightroom CC/6 CPU Multi-threading Performance but it’s certainly worth a good look. It’s bang up to date, including consideration of Lr6 features.
There’s also an interesting Google spreadsheet to help calculate which CPU is best for how you use Lightroom.
Adobe have released a new “Dehaze” feature restricted to Lightroom CC. But far more interesting is what has been added to Lightroom Mobile 1.5. Video is probably the most surprising addition, but there’s also a Tone Curve and the Hue / Saturation / Luminance adjustment sliders. But best of all, Mobile now has Black and White adjustment sliders.
See Adobe’s Eric Chan’s port “GPU notes for Lightroom CC (2015)” for a behind-the-scenes explanation of how Adobe are adding GPU support:
The rumours have been bubbling around for a while, and in the last couple of days the news has been dribbling out in not the most elegant fashion….
But now one can say officially that Lightroom 6 is here. Or is it Lightroom CC?
Adobe have said “Future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely” and they have continued to offer the standard, perpetual licence for Lightroom 6. However, it is fxxxing difficult to find on Adobe’s site.
Adobe Comp is another newly-released iOS app that can access your Lightroom Mobile photos and is quite a clever iPad app for creating layouts shapes, photos and add text, then save the composition to the cloud. What’s quite startling is how it sends the composition from your iPad directly to your main computer, launching Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator.
Adobe Slate is a new iPad app that makes it very easy to “tell a story”. But what makes it interesting for Lightroom users is how this service integrates with Lightroom Mobile. The first of many?
You can’t really do this. Mobile is not designed as a laptop replacement for travelling. But did you know dragging and dropping into a browser window uploads photos to Adobe’s cloud?
How can a friend or client review and comment on a shared LrWeb collection if they don’t have an Adobe account? It’s possible, by setting up a dummy account.
You can now copy adjustments from one image to another, there’s a new Segmented view in Collections, and Presentation Mode lets you hand your iPad over without worrying about someone changing your flags, ratings and adjustments.
Adobe always prioritised Lightroom Mobile’s iOS version – iOS is disproportionately dominant among Lightroom users – but they’ve always said Android was planned. It’s just been released for Android phones.
I’ve just uploaded the next version of ListView. The zip file also includes an Excel add-in that can send data directly from Excel to Lightroom. Is there an easier way to get external metadata into Lightroom?
You can have an Aperture-like project structure providing you don’t make the mistake of thinking Lightroom folders are Aperture projects.
Visitor statistics in the wake of Aperture’s demise
Lightroom 5.5 brings a hugely-surprising – and very welcome – change to how Lightroom behaves once you stop subscribing or after a trial ends.
Even before yesterday’s announcement about the end of Aperture, consistently the most-visited page on this site was Moving from Aperture to Lightroom.