Adobe has issued a big update for Creative Cloud today with new features for both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Lightroom CC gets a new Dehaze feature; however, for the first time, Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 are on diverging upgrade paths.
By the way, Dehaze is the feature for which we saw a sneak peek just a week or so ago.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhM2br4InHw&w=700]
Back to the bigger issue at hand though…
We saw this happen when Photoshop 6 was cut off from further upgrades (other than bug fixes and new camera support) while Photoshop CC continued to have new features added to it. Now, unfortunately, we are at the same crossroads with Lightroom.
Lightroom CC has had some sync and mobile connectivity features over the past year or two that the standalone versions of Lightroom did not have. We saw a major update of Lightroom CC and the standalone Lightroom (to version 6) earlier this spring; however, the key editing features remained the same in both versions of Lightroom.
I asked Adobe about this decision last week and whether or not the standalone version of Lightroom was on a path to its end of life and was told that currently, there is currently no plan to end Lightroom as a perpetual license product. Additionally, the Adobe representative said that Adobe would determine the future of perpetual licensed products based on market demand.
However, Lightroom 6 will get no new features. Zero.
New camera support and bug fixes are the only updates that Lightroom 6 owners can expect to receive going forward. Lightroom CC owners, on the other hand, get new features today and probably several more times before Lightroom 7 is released.
Maybe these observations are overreactions; however, it seems like the writing may be on the wall for perpetual licenses of Lightroom. Of course, $10/month isn’t necessarily a bad gig for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, but I know there are loads of users who will be up in arms over this move and what it potentially foreshadows for Lightroom’s future.
Moving on to other updates for Lightroom CC users though, in addition to the Dehaze feature, you now have the ability to adjust black and white levels with local adjustments in Lightroom CC. White and black sliders are now available in the graduated filter, radial filter and adjustment brush.
Additionally, Adobe has made transferring photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom an easier process with Elements catalogs, including ratings and people tags that are preserved in Lightroom.
On the mobile side of this, Lightroom CC now supports sharing videos in your collections to your synced collections on the iPad and iPhone. Lightroom mobile also gets adjustable vignettes, precision color control and tone curve control.
Adobe Lightroom CC is available as a subscription license with Adobe Photoshop CC for $10 per month. More details are available here on Adobe’s website.