Software maker Adobe has announced a number of updates to its ‘Lightroom CC Family of Products’ at the ongoing Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The company announced an ‘All-New Lightroom CC’ which has been redesigned to take leverage of the power of the cloud. This will ‘deeply’ integrate with the existing ‘cloud-based ecosystem of apps’ for Android and iOS powered devices and the web version of Lightroom. The company has rebranded the ‘desktop-centric’ product as Lightroom Classic CC.
To make it clear, the company has made a second application aimed at users who want a ‘cloud-based’ Lightroom. This will come with a different interface when compared to the Lightroom Classic CC. This means that there are now two different Lightroom apps for the desktop. Thankfully, Adobe has changed the icons for the new Lightroom CC to ensure that the users don’t have any problem in visually spotting the differences in the app.
The new Lightroom CC will come with all the machine-learning goodness like Adobe Sensei which will allow users to search through their library of photos and the search will automatically identify the visual elements in the images to serve images with the particular elements that users have searched for. Example, Sensei will show you the images of ‘Sea’ or images with ‘forest’ with the help of machine learning. You won’t even have to set the tags, descriptions or captions of the images for Adobe Sensei to identify the content of the images.
The main focus of this new Lightroom is to ensure that you can resume the editing from wherever and whatever device that you have at any given moment. It works with Lightroom for iOS, Android and Web while syncing the changes across the ecosystem so that you can edit the images that you took anywhere you like. The company has also introduced Lightroom for Apple TV where you can share your Lightroom photos with people. The latest update adds dark mode that was introduced in the latest tvOS along with video playback in albums and improved scrolling through large image collections.
One thing to note here is that the new Lightroom CC does not come with tone curve and split tone panels, camera profiles, soft-proofing, snapshots, keywords, extended metadata support, photo merge, smart collections, survey, compare or reference view, batch processing, third-party plugins, colour or luminance range masking and print, book, slideshow or map creations ‘at this time’. The company pointed out that this is the first version of the new software and it will focus on improving the software in future updates. The interesting change that this new version comes with is the fact that users can access their images in full resolution across the devices without compromising on the quality.
The company made it clear that it has no intention of leaving behind the desktop-centric Lightroom Classic CC. The company pointed out that it will continue to develop Classic CC along with Lightroom CC. To reaffirm its commitment, the company released a new update for Lightroom Classic CC with improvements in the program launch time, preview generation, import selection with a brand new ‘Embedded and Sidecar’ preview option, and switching between the ‘Develop’ and ‘Library’ module. The update includes improvement in navigating your library in the ‘Develop’ module and more responsive brushing. Adobe claims that it has tested the new update internally and ‘are betting’ that users will notice the improvements.
Adobe clarified that Lightroom 6 will be the last standalone version of the software with no Lightroom 7 in works. The company will no longer update the camera support or provide any additional bug fixes after the end of 2017. The company will release Lightroom 6.13 with support for Nikon 850 on 26 October 2017. The company has also announced small updated for its Android and iOS apps to bring it in line with the new Lightroom CC.