After two long years, subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud are being gifted with a much anticipated, new version of Lightroom, the Windows and OS X compatible photo editing and managing app. Last updated in June of 2013, the new and improved Lightroom 6 touts increased speed and several new tools to improve the user experience.
Panorama Merge and HDR Merge allow users to seamlessly piece together single panoramic images in DNG format from numerous RAW source files. Slick presentations can also be created using a new video slideshow option, which combines photographs, video clips and music. Facial recognition has also been added to the mix, enabling the easier categorization and sorting of photos.
According to Adobe, edits in Lightroom 6 now take place at a speed roughly 10 times faster than previously available. File and folder syncing features have also been added, giving photographers and editors the ability to access their work across all of their connected devices including desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. This feature is only available to subscribers of the Creative Cloud plan and remains unavailable to purchasers of the standalone software suite, which can be purchased separately.
Lightroom 6 is available now from Adobe at an upgrade cost of $79 to existing subscribers.