Adobe has updated Lightroom, its popular photo editing software.
Now in its sixth iteration, this new version of Lightroom brings with it greatly improved performance over its two-year-old predecessor. Adobe says that even older computers will benefit from the improvements it has made to Lightroom’s codebase. Additionally, those with 4K displays will also see performance improvements.
There are also several new editing tools to take advantage of as well, including new HDR and panorama merging kits, and smaller features like facial recognition also made the cut.
Of course, Lightroom is also available on iOS and Android devices, and while mobile specific improvements are a bit thin with this release, there are some features that on-the-go photographers will appreciate.
On the iOS side of things, there’s a new segmented view that can sort photos by date and copy and paste adjustments. There’s a also a new presentation mode, and improved crop support. Lastly, users can now sign up for Adobe’s subscription service straight from the iOS app.
Android specific improvements include DNG editing support on some Android devices with Lollipop. Additionally, the app is now able to access photos stored on a MicroSD card. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Lightroom is finally available on Android tablets.
Individual licenses of Lightroom can be purchased for $149. Adobe also provides the program to subscribers of its $9.99 per month Creative Cloud subscription service. Subscribing to Creative Cloud is the only way to access any of Lightroom’s photo syncing features, which allows users to look at, edit and share photos across different devices.