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
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 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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…
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.