Adobe Lightroom, the desktop, mobile and web platform for professional photographers of Photoshop and Acrobat software house, receives a series of updates for all its components.
Updates, with new features, improvements and bug fixes, are in fact Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic as well as Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and ChromeOS. Support for new cameras and lenses is also included in the update.
The most popular news probably concern Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic. Adobe Camera Raw, we remember, is the tool for professional photographers that allows you to import and optimize the Raw images of cameras. Lightroom Classic, on the other hand, differs from Lightroom in the fact that the first is the desktop application, the second is the cloud-based service (with desktop, mobile and web apps), professional photography.
The February update first brings improvements to the default Raw settings and optimizations to the workflow of Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic. Before this latest version, all Raw images used Adobe Color as default at import and could only be modified with a hidden shortcut. Now, you can easily configure the default development settings with a specific Preferences check. Default values can be applied universally (Master) or customized according to the camera model and even the serial number.
In addition, starting from the new version you can import, catalog and edit.psb (Large Document Format) files in Lightroom Classic. Many landscape photographers sometimes make up multi-gigabyte views within Photoshop and export them as PSB files to maintain maximum quality and resolution. Both to edit and simply catalog the finished views with the rest of the photo collections, you can now do so with Lightroom Classic, which supports maximum size of 65,000 pixels on the long side or 512 megapixels.
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw also receive performance improvements. Adobe expanded GPU support by adding the acceleration of the graphics processor to Lens Correction and Transform settings. In addition, Enhance Details now uses external GPUs on macOS 10.15 Catalina, for faster processing.
With the new update, Lightroom Classic offers an option to choose which monitor to use as a secondary display; then there are improvements in automatic sync, Auto-Sync, and you can now import the Photoshop Elements 2020 catalog into Lightroom Classi
There are updates, though less consistent, even for Lightroom for Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, iPadOS and ChromeOS.
Lightroom on Windows and Mac, in addition to export to JPEG or TIFF format, now allows you to export also to DNG format. Also, when you contribute photos to a shared album owned by someone else, you can now choose whether to include or omit metadata. Then, the owner of a shared album can now export the photos that other people added to the album.
Lightroom for Android now allows you to import defaults and profiles directly into Lightroom (the function, Adobe informed, is also coming to iOS).
Both Lightroom for Android and iOS, in the Home view, feature a two-column view mode for easier navigation. In addition, interactive tutorials in the Learn section now include a step before/after, so that the user can see the effect of the changes.
Lightroom on iPad now supports split screen view.