Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 has been released today. This release makes significant performance improvements and adds a few nice new features, as well as the usual new camera/lens support for Lightroom and bug fixes. The entire Lightroom CC ecosystem has also been updated.
When Adobe announced Lightroom Classic last October, they promised they were going to focus on performance improvements. Performance requests (or complaints!) usually fit into two main categories: interactive performance (how quickly Lightroom responds to your actions) and batch processing performance (how efficiently Lightroom uses the computer’s resources to do things like building previews).
In this release, the focus has been on improvements to batch processing tasks, so you’ll see improvements in the speed of Import grid loading, importing photos, building previews, stepping through photos in Loupe view, rendering adjustments in the Develop module, merging panorama/HDR photos and export.
You should see improvements on most computers, to varying degrees, but they’ll be most noticeable on powerful computers, especially those with a high CPU core count or more than 12GB RAM. This means that even on slightly older machines, you may be able to improve performance by adding extra RAM, which is an inexpensive upgrade. The system requirements have been updated to recommend 12GB of RAM, although it will still run with a minuscule 4GB.
But is this just marketing hype, or did they really make it faster? Puget Systems have been independently testing Lightroom on various high-spec configurations for some time, and they’ve been putting this release through its paces. The good news? It really is faster, especially on powerful computers! Puget Systems saw up to 167% improvement compared to the December 2017 release (7.1), and some incredible improvements on high spec machines compared to Lightroom CC 2015 / Lightroom 6, stating:
Just for fun, we went back and compared the results from this new 7.2 version of Lightroom Classic CC to the old Lightroom CC 2015.12 using the Core i9 7940X. Comparing the two versions, exporting is now almost twice as fast, generating 1:1 Previews is about 5x faster, and generating Smart Previews is an insane 7x faster!
Adobe has also fixed a frustrating bug which caused Lightroom to slow down over time, requiring a quit and relaunch to bring Lightroom back up to speed. It’s possible there’s more than one bug that can cause this issue, so the team wants to hear from anyone who can still reproduce it.
There is, of course, still plenty of work yet to be done, but this is a really good step in the right direction. They also threw in a few nice new features to play with…
Folder Search (like Collection Search)
Using a search field at the top of the Folders panel, you can search for folders by name. This is particularly useful if you prefer to use topic-based folders, rather than a dated hierarchy.
If there are folders you use frequently, you can now mark them as favorites by right-clicking and selecting Mark Favorite. You can then filter the Folders panel to show just favorite folders (and their parent folders) or select the folder by clicking on the Breadcrumb bar on top of the Filmstrip.
Create a Collection Hierarchy from a Folder Hierarchy
If you’ve been using a topic-based folder structure and want to migrate to Lightroom CC, you can now easily convert your folder hierarchy to a collection hierarchy using the Create Collection Set command in the right click-menu. Lightroom automatically creates an identical hierarchy using Collection Sets and Collections, so you can migrate to Lightroom CC without losing your organization.
Create Collections from Map Pins/Groups
If you right-click on a pin or group in the Map module, you can now create a collection of the images shot at that location.
Filter for Edited/Unedited Photos
You can now search for photos you’ve edited using Quick Develop, Develop module or Import Presets using the new Edited/Unedited buttons on the Attribute Filter bar and Filmstrip Filter bar, the Edit option in the Metadata Filters, or using a Smart Collection. Unlike the existing Smart Collection “Has Adjustments” criteria, the “Has Edits” criteria includes cropping.
- Fujifilm X-A5
- Fujifilm X-A20
- Panasonic LUMIX DC-GF10 (DC-GF90)
- Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5s
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
- No new tethering in this release.
- Click to view the full list of cameras supported for tethering
- Canon EF
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
- Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4
- Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035E
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035E x1.4
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035E x2.0
- Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 ZE
- Leica M
- Leica NOCTILUX-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH.
- Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2
- Nikon F
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035N
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035N x1.4
- TAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035N x2.0
- Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 ZF.2
- Sony E
- Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
- Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
There are loads of bug fixes. Adobe only publishes the bugs reported by users.
- Palette Gear was not working in Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish
If you find another bug, click here to report it.
To update, go to Help menu > Updates or click the Update button in the CC app. The update servers take a while to push the updates around the world, to avoid crashing the servers. You can also open the Creative Cloud app, click the … icon (top right) and select Check for Updates to give it a nudge.