Today, Adobe has released a trio of updates to its photography software across all platforms. Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, and Adobe Camera Raw have all received updates that bring along new features, updated tools, and overall better performance.
Lightroom CC 2015.8
Starting with the desktop version of Lightroom, Adobe has included a new “Reference View” within the develop module that lets you compare two different images in order to create a consistent aesthetic across the two photos. You can set each photo individually by dragging and dropping them into the Reference View panel.
Lightroom also receives a minor update in the form of better fit and fill modes. Now, you can zoom to fit and zoom to fill within Lightroom, which should make sizing photos for editing a bit easier.
In addition to the above features, Adobe has also squashed a huge collection of bugs, and has added profiles for dozens of cameras and lenses from Canon, Fujifilm, Google, Hasselblad, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Samsung, and others.
Adobe Camera Raw 9.8
As has been standard for a few updates now, Adobe Camera Raw receives the same profile updates as Lightroom. Cameras and lenses from Canon, Fujifilm, Google, Hasselblad, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Samsung, and others now have better support within the lens profile corrections module. You can find a full list of the lenses by visiting Adobe’s update page, and you can update Adobe Camera Raw through the Creative Cloud app.
The most significant update of the day comes in the form of a revamped Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iOS. All new in version 2.6, Lightroom Mobile for iOS has an updated edit interface.
The new experience puts speed and accessibility at the forefront, making sure the mobile photo management workflow is as seamless as possible. The first step to this was to make sure the editing tools that are most used together are presented alongside one another in the develop mode for a more streamlined editing experience.
In altering the layout, Adobe also made sure that all of the editing tools were easy to reach with a single hand — an important detail as phones seem to be reversing course and getting larger over the past few years. To do this, Adobe had to redesign how and where the image is placed on the screen and change a few gestures that required two hands. Most notably, the three-finger tap to see a before-and-after of an image can now be done with a long press and hold of one finger.
Information also received an update. Now, you can edit titles, captions, and copyright data from right within the info panel, a much-requested feature from mobile photographers.
Likewise, version 2.6 for iOS adds a new capture interface that was first released in the Android version of Lightroom Mobile. This includes the “Professional Mode,” which offers complete control over your smartphone’s camera, including RAW DNG capture when supported.
You can find a full list of updated features on Adobe’s website. Lightroom Mobile 2.6 for iOS should be live in the iOS App Store, although it might take a while to propagate across the globe. So head on over to your update tab and keep an eye out if you want to take the new Lightroom Mobile for a spin.
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