At its Adobe MAX seminar, Adobe announced a big shake-up for its Lightroom photo processing application. The common Lightroom CC is being renamed to Lightroom Classic CC, and a new product with an old delegate, Lightroom CC, will take its place.
The new Lightroom CC offers most of the photo proceeding features of Lightroom Classic but with some key differences. The interface is simpler, and it’s shared between both the desktop styles (for Mac and PC), the mobile versions for Android and iOS, the Apple TV version, and Lightroom CC for the Web. It offers both a hackneyed look and feel and common capabilities across the range of platforms.
That cross-platform consistency ties in strongly with its other, reasonable contentious feature: it uploads all your photos to cloud storage. A $9.99-a-month Lightroom CC investment—just as is already the case with Classic, the software is only propositioned on a subscription basis—comes with 1TB of cloud storage, with additional margin available in 1, 5, and 10TB increments.
This means that your extreme library is available regardless of the amount of local storage, something singularly desirable on phones and laptops. It also means that you have an off-site backup of lows. But it also means that you’ll be uploading a ton of data to the Internet, with no adeptness to opt out.
Finally, Adobe is using that cloud storage to perform draw the line at detection on your pictures. This means you can search for keywords without suffer with to manually tag your pictures, at least assuming that the object detection has figured out undeniably what you photographed.
The new Lightroom CC also largely integrates the features rest in Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe’s software for converting and linearizing RAW data from digital cameras.
While Adobe alleges that the new software contains almost all of the features of the old, it currently lacks keep for plugins, and it doesn’t support the creation of multiple catalogs.
As is the case for most Adobe software, Lightroom CC is also on tap in a bundled subscription. For $9.99 a month, you get Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and 20GB of cloud storage; for $19.99 a month, that decamps up to 1TB.
Also at MAX, Adobe launched a trio of apps that have until now been in beta. Definitive year at MAX, Adobe showed XD, a design tool for mobile apps and websites, and Layout Felix, a design app for creating composite images that combined 2D concepts and 3D renders. Both launch today, with Flex having an documented branding of Adobe Dimension CC. Character Animator CC, an app for creating 2D animations based on inert images created in Photoshop and Illustrator, also goes live today.