Today Adobe unveiled a number of pretty major updates to its Creative Cloud suite, with new “2015” versions of software, such as Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. Along with these updates, Adobe has also released two updates to Lightroom – one for the Creative Cloud version (Lightroom CC 2015.1) and one for the standalong version (Lightroom 6.1). The interesting part about this particular release, is that for the first time, Adobe is making a distinction between the two versions of Lightroom. The Creative Cloud version gained a new “Dehaze” feature, along with two more “White” and “Black” sliders for the adjustment tools (such as Gradient Filter, Radial Filter and Adjustment Brush), while the standalone version of Lightroom did not get these new features and instead only gained the typical bugfixes, along with new camera and lens support.
Sadly, this is another trick Adobe is employing to try to convert more photographers from standalone versions of Lightroom, to their Creative Cloud subscription. This is a huge let-down for those who upgraded from the previous version of Lightroom, in hopes that they would be treated with the same new features and updates – turns out that Adobe will only be adding new features to its Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, not the standalone. Despite all the assurances we have previously heard from Adobe executives that the company would continue to sell the standalone version and release updates for it, this seems to be another sneaky move by Adobe to mistreat its customers, who refuse to pay for the subscription-based model. If new features only get added to the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, it is hard to understand why current customers should even consider upgrading to the newer versions of software in the future. Will Adobe be adding these new features to Lightroom 7, or will the “Dehaze” feature only be available to CC subscribers? Is there any future for the standalone version, considering this move by Adobe? Unfortunately, we do not know the answers to these questions, but we can probably take a good guess that it won’t be in favor of non-CC customers.
This is pretty disappointing news. We have previously criticized Adobe heavily for discontinuing the standalone versions of its software and moving to the cloud. We then published another article, criticizing the company for the many problems it has in its software. And today we are yet again displeased by this announcement, because Adobe released a new feature without adding it to the standalone version of Lightroom, when LR 6 is less than 2 months old.
Below are the newly announced updates and features to CC, along with new camera support for LR 6.
Lightroom CC-only Features
- Many outdoor scenes have some amount of haze due to atmospheric conditions. Dehaze is a new feature for removing/adding haze and fog from pictures.
- The user can control how much haze to remove by adjusting a new slider in the Effects panel in the Dehaze section. This feature can also be used in the other direction to increase the amount of haze.
- Recommended Workflow – Adjust the white balance of the image before applying the Dehaze control.
Local White and Black Adjustment Sliders
- Available with all 3 local adjustment tools: Gradient Filter, Radial Filter and Local adjustment brush
- Useful for fine-tuning tonality near the brightest and darkest parts of the picture. For instance, they can be used to increase the contrast of highlights.
- Recommended Workflow – Make your global adjustments first and then use the local adjustments to fine tune. Use the clip warning indicator to help avoid clipping highlights and shadows.
New Camera Support (for CC and LR 6 standalone)
- Fujifilm X-T10
- Nikon 1 J5
- Nikon D810A
- Panasonic DMC-G7
- Pentax K-S2
- Pentax K3 II (*)
New Lens Profile Support
- Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
- Canon Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
- Canon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
- DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300S (RAW + JPEG)
- DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300X (RAW + JPEG)
- Leica Voigtlander VM 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar III Aspherical
- Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6
- Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
- Nikon Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
- Nikon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
- Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
- Pentax HD PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
- Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW
- Sony Alpha Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
- Sony Alpha Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
- Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II
- Local adjustment brush did not properly use the pressure sensitivity information from a Wacom tablet (Windows)
- Develop adjustments are lost after Edit In while auto-write XMP is turned on
- Entering name with trailing space while face tagging changes case of keyword
- Keyword hierarchies are not displayed when naming face regions
- Keywords get erroneously renamed when using hierarchical keywords in face tagging
- Keyboard shortcuts for Merge don’t work in German or French
- Improved quality of display color management on some widegamut displays when Use Graphics Processor is enabled
- Card reader not automatically found (Windows Autoplay registry issue)
- Crash when Android device is mounted (Windows)
- Closing the crop tool or cycling Full Screen modes with Lights Out mode makes entire screen go black
- Cannot enter negative values in Develop in some languages
- Mouse wheel changes brush size and scrolls image
- Import from Photoshop Elements now allows you to include People keywords.
- Reduced “color blur” artifacts when processing Fujifilm XTrans raw images – In collaboration with Fujifilm, we are still investigating methods to improve fine detail rendering and overall edge definition
- If a Person keyword was NOT marked as “Include on Export”, it is still nevertheless included on export unless “Remove Person Info” is selected. Please note that this only occurred for People keywords.
- The “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox is now enabled by default for all Fujifilm cameras.
- HDR and Pano Merge: Cleared in-camera crop before merging rather than destructively applying it prior to merging.
- Pano Merge: Fixed a Pano blending issue specific to Leica M9.
- Fixed a bug with Panasonic LX100 – extended ISO 100 was too bright and Magenta Highlights have been fixed.
- Fixed a bug with Nikon Coolpix P7800 NRW raw files that showed only Matrix as camera profile.
- Fixed crash when reading some JPEG images
- When enabling “Before/After” preview in the Develop module, the screen flickered before showing the Before preview. This only occurred when GPU was enabled
- Lightroom starts slowly, any attempt to do something results in the blue spinning-wheel and “Not Responding” when connect to LAN without LAN/internet connection
- If a catalog is too large, the zipped backup can’t be unzipped
- Export creates erroneous Invalid Constraint Size Error