It’s official – Lightroom 5 has just been released. Here’s the download link you’ll need. As with previous versions, it is available as a perpetual license from Adobe and other resellers (full price $149, upgrade $79), as well as being included in the Creative Cloud.
So what’s new?
Most of the new features were in the 5.0 beta, so I won’t repeat the full list again. If you haven’t tried the beta, here’s my 5.0 beta blog post with a detailed list of the changes. There have been around 400 bug fixes, including a fix for Upright which wasn’t straightening easy horizons. Feathering on the Radial Filter has been doubled, at the request of beta testers. There’s also a new Behance plug-in, and the Revel plug-in is now being maintained by the Revel team.
Performance isn’t specifically mentioned in the release notes, but the feedback from the forums has been excellent, with many users comparing the Develop interactive speed to Lightroom 3.
Camera raw file support has been added for a few more cameras: (cameras in italic were added in the 4.3 release candidate)
- Hasselblad H5D-60
- Olympus PEN E-P5 & E-PL6
- Phase One IQ260*
- Ricoh GR
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 & DMC-LF1
- Various new lenses too
ACR 8.1 is also now available for CS6, and although it doesn’t have a UI for the new features, it does render them correctly when you use Edit in Photoshop.
Make sure you read the Known Issues in the release notes, as there are a few this time, including Canon tethering issues on Windows 8, a glitch with PV2003 photos in the Develop module, and a possible bug when selecting photos in the Publish Services view (which is proving tough to reproduce, and may have been around for years).
When you come to upgrade your catalog, Lightroom will check the original files to add additional information to the catalog – Image Bit Depth (i.e. 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit), Color Mode (i.e. RGB, Greyscale, CMYK, etc.) and Color Profile (i.e. sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc.) – and that can take a long time if you have a large catalog or your photos are on slower storage (i.e. NAS). If you’re not interested in that data, taking the photos offline first will speed up the catalog upgrade, but it’s not easy to add that data later. Laura Shoe has an excellent video on upgrading, if it’s your first time.
Finally, a quick update on my Lightroom 5 book. I’m just adding the finishing touches, so the PDF format should be available in the next few days, with the other formats following shortly thereafter. And yes, if you own an earlier version, there will be an upgrade discount available, which I’ll email to you shortly after release. More updates soon!