Adobe updates Lightroom Classic and finally makes it faster

Feb 13, 2018

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Adobe updates Lightroom Classic and finally makes it faster

Feb 13, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The previously announced speed boost of Lightroom Classic is here. Today, Adobe has released the latest update of Lightroom Classic, version 7.2. It mainly focuses on performance, but also makes it easier to organize your files. The latest update makes Lightroom Classic faster, which was one of the main concerns of its users. However, it seems not everyone will experience the speed boost, at least not yet. It all depends on your computer’s hardware.

As Adobe writes, Lightroom Classic’s performance “will scale better across multiple cores on computers with at least 12 GB of RAM.” These are the changes they’ve implemented in the latest update:

  • Faster import grid loading
  • Faster import and preview generation
  • Faster walking through images in the Loupe View
  • Faster rendering of adjustments in Develop
  • Faster merge operations of HDR/Panos
  • Faster export

Adobe says that the latest improvements “impact a wide range of hardware.” According to them, they cover both Mac and Windows, as well as old and new computers. But they add that the enhancements will “scale appropriately with a customer’s investment in hardware.” According to the tests performed by Digital Trends, this means you won’t see too much of a difference if your computer doesn’t meet the 12 GB of RAM requirement. But, Adobe announces that the company will address this issue in future updates.

There have been a few more speed issues resolved with the latest Lightroom Classic update. Previously, users would complain that a large investment in a new system did not provide sufficient improvements in Lightroom speed. Also, Lightroom Classic would slow down over time for some users. According to Adobe, they have fixed both of these issues.

In addition to the speed boost, Adobe has added a few more enhancements to the 7.2 version:

  • Folder search: you can now find a specific Folder via text search
  • Filter favorites within folders: you can tag the folder as a favorite
  • Instantly creating collections from folders: you can replicate your folders as collections and sync them more easily with Lightroom mobile
  • Creating collections from a pin in the map module: you can add all of the photos from a specific location to a Collection
  • New library filter for finding edited or unedited images
  • Creating a smart collection with edited or unedited images: you can create smart collections based on images with edits in them

In addition to improving Lightroom Classic, Adobe has also updated Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom CC now allows photographers to set up the copyright information more easily.

As for the Lightroom Mobile, it now allows you to add a text-based watermark on export. Another improvement is the Geometry tab for correcting distortions, which is available for Android and coming to iOS soon. Lightroom Mobile users can now also use Google Assistant for Lightroom to search for images, and they can add photos to Lightroom from other apps.

If you’d like to learn more about Adobe’s latest updates, check out their blog here and here.

[via Digital Trends]

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4 responses to “Adobe updates Lightroom Classic and finally makes it faster”

  1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
    Marco Peixoto

    So they finally went back to LR 3 speed? LR4 slugish made me abandon it completly…

  2. Enrique Tivoli Avatar
    Enrique Tivoli

    Year 2065. Adobe releases a new update Lr ultraclassic 157.2… yeahh now it’s fast… really!!

  3. Marko Avatar
    Marko

    Yes, it finally seems to be faster and more responsive. I hope it stays like that and will not slow down (considerably) as the LR catalog grows. One thing I realized though is that when placing the mouse on the tools menu (Library mode or Develop mode) and trying to scroll, it does not response well. It takes a few attempts at the wheel and it needs “encouragements” often. Even when placing the mouse on an “empty” spot (no dials) it still hesitates. Maybe it is just me :-)

    There is definitely an improvement on speed.

  4. bergstrom Avatar
    bergstrom

    I bought LR 6 and couldn’t deal with logging in 2 or 3 times ever time i started it. I eventually got a refund and went back to an earlier version. This whole signing in thing means I’ll never use any new versions of lightroom CC again.