Adobe today updated Lightroom for Mac, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom for iPhone and iPad with new customer request and feedback-based features. Additionally, the Lightroom team shares a preview of what’s in store for customers through 2020.
On the Mac you’ll find new DNG format export options. Mac users had previously been able to choose between JPEG or TIFF exports. DNG support on iOS and Android came to Lightroom first. Shared albums can now include or omit metadata, and may export images that others have contributed. Image Merge was improved with a keyboard shortcut to bypass the dialog box for settings. You can now drag-and-drop import to a specific album.
Lightroom’s Learn and Explore sections were redesigned for the iPhone and iPad with a new two column view. Interactive guides include pre-and post-steps to determine an edit’s effectiveness. For iPad owners the most significant change is the addition of multitasking support for Split View in iPadOS.
Though steadily superseded by Lightroom’s Creative Cloud version Lightroom Classic on the Mac has provided the most extensive February update. At MAX last fall, Adobe told us that Classic is not going away just yet, and the update today reinforces that message.
Adobe says it is investing in more apps powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, workflow optimizations and Lightroom Classic-specific interface and experience updates In addition to GPU-enabled efficiency updates you’ll see more of those changes rolling out over the coming year.
A few highlights in the update to Lightroom Classic:
- Improved Raw Default Settings: Streamline your edit workflow with more control over the default develop settings of your raw images.
- Default to Camera Settings: You can now use Camera Settings as the default to preserve the “as shot” look.
- Secondary Display Selection: Choose which monitor to use as your secondary display.
- More GPU Accelerated Editing and eGPU Empowered Enhanced Details
- PSB File Support and Photoshop Elements 2020 Support
Look for today’s Lightroom updates to roll out early, and read more on all the changes announced today on The Adobe Blog. Lightroom is available on Mac, iOS and iPadOS via a Creative Cloud Subscription or through the App Store.