Monthly Archives: June 2014

Adobe Lightroom 5.5 Released

Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Although not specifically mentioned in release notes or bug fixes users who render either standard-size or 1:1 previews during import will notice a small improvement in the time it takes to complete the import. Of greater importance to these users will be that the previews will begin to render much sooner than in earlier versions. The actual time taken to render individual images has not improved.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

Important Bug Fixes:

Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.

Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Lightroom 5.5 can be downloaded from:

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.5 Released

 Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, the ability to modify graduated and radial filters, and a new visualisation mask for graduated and radial filters. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. DNG Converter 8.5 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.

The new features mentioned below are updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CC only. While CR 8.5 will work with Photoshop CS6 it only includes new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes.

Release Notes Features:

Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  • ¬†Use the’Brush+’and’Brush-‘icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Pressthe’Clear’buttontoremoveallbrushmodificationsfromthecurrently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • For more information, checkout this video (http://youtu.be/TDGXkGm4CU8)
Mask visualisation is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
  • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clickingthebuttonagainwillrestoretheprevioussettings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.