Don’t worry, you didn’t miss a 5.1 release! ACR 8.1 was released a few weeks ago, and ACR 8.2 would usually be released with LR 5.2, so they’ve skipped a LR dot release number to avoid confusing us!
It is an RC at this stage – a release candidate – which means it has been tested, but they’ve got a little more work to do before the final release, so it’s not being sent out to everyone over the automatic updates quite yet. That said, it fixes a number of the really irritating bugs in 5.0, so it’s not a bad idea to upgrade early.
Here’s the download link you’ll need:
Lightroom 5.2 – Adobe Labs
So what’s new? Camera support, for a start:
- Canon EOS 70D (preliminary support)
- Casio Exilim EX-ZR800
- Fujifilm FinePix HS22EXR
- Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
- Fujifilm FinePix S205EXR
- Fujifilm FinePix F805EXR
- Fujifilm X-M1
- Phase One IQ260 (preliminary support)
- Sony DSC-RX1R (was already in 5.0, but the camera hadn’t been released, so they couldn’t announce it)
- Sony DSC-RX100 II (preliminary support)
And the good news is the most serious and widely discussed bugs have been fixed:
- Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
- Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5, which could result in the loss of Develop settings if an earlier history state was selected.
- Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key (Adobe Reset) caused Lightroom to exit abruptly or show an error message.
- Incorrect photo was selected when trying to select a photo in segmented grid in Publish Services.
- The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
- Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
- Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
The first dot releases have historically had a few little extra features, and 5.2 is no exception:
- A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts on some photos.
- Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
- New Feather control, by popular demand.
- Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
- Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
- Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
- Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
- Right Click (Windows) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
- Control+Alt+Drag (Windows) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment
I look forward to hearing your comments! As with all release candidates, Adobe would appreciate your feedback at the Official Feature Request / Bug Report Forum. If you don’t already have an account, you can use Facebook, Twitter or Google details to log in.