Lightroom CC – Released!

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After almost 2 years its finally here. Lightroom 6. Or to put another way, Lightroom CC. Quite frankly if you haven’t taken advantage of the Creative Cloud subscription by now you will be left wanting very soon.

The financial aspect alone makes it worthwhile. The stand alone program – Lightroom 6 – is $149 or $79 for an upgrade. Lightroom CC is $9.99 per month and it comes with another little app called, um, PHOTOSHOP! Putting that behemoth aside for a moment think on this. The stand alone version will not have access to any of the mobile or web workflows supported by Creative Cloud and only Creative Cloud members will get the ongoing feature updates.

If you’re still harping on about ownership of an application as opposed to renting then stop right now. I “own” the Creative Suite Premium – Versions 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. In fact I still have a Mac license for CS6 thats never been used if you want to buy it cheap. Owning these versions entitles me to nothing. They are simply out of date. That’s the way we live now.

Before you upgrade you should make sure that your computer can actually run the latest version. Just as software times out so do computer and their operating systems. I know, my Mac Pro wont run anything above OSX Lion and yet its still my primary workhorse. That goes to show that even though Id like some new features in Photoshop I don’t actually NEED them to function. If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you needn’t worry. Your system will determine which applications can be installed and if they can’t then they wont be downloaded.

Photoshop Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6 system requirements and language versions

Windows

  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
  • OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.†

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
  • OpenGL 3.3–capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.†

So Whats New?

If you were looking for a list mode in the Library Module, you’ll be disappointed. If you were hoping that the Print Module would get some decent text layout options, you’ll be disappointed. If you were hoping that… look just stop torturing yourself.

HDR Merge: Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

Panorama Merge: Stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

Performance Improvements: Get more done, faster. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed up to 10 times faster, especially in the Develop module.

Facial Recognition: Easily find and organize photos of family and friends with new Facial Recognition features in Lightroom CC.

Advanced video slideshows: Combine still images, video and music with professional effects like pan and zoom.

Improved web galleries: Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

Filter Brush: Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.

Lightroom on mobile

  • Android Tablet Support: Previously only available on Android phones, now you can sync, edit, organize and share on Android tablets as well.
  • Android SD card support: You can now specify local storage to an SD card rather than internal device storage.
  • Native DNG support on Android: Android 5.0 (aka “Lollipop”) now allows you to shoot photos in raw, and saves them as DNG files. You can now import those DNG files directly from you Android device.
  • Improved crop experience on iOS: We simplified the number of tiles in our crop UI so you can now easily find aspect ratios, and we added an auto-straighten function.

For more details on the new features check out these videos.