Lightroom Classic 9.0 has been released today. This isn’t a 9.0 in the conventional sense, because it’s now subscription software instead of single payment. New features have been released every couple of months, rather than having to wait for a single x.0 release. In the last year, we’ve had:
- 8.1 (December 2018) – customize Develop panel order, Book module Snap to Grid, preset management improvements, photo merge improvements
- 8.2 (February 2019) – Enhance Details, Nikon tethering, Map altitude
- 8.3 (May 2019) – Texture Slider, Flat Field Correction, Preserved Filename, Faster Import from Memory Card
- 8.4 (August 2019) – Advanced GPU Improvements, Batch HDR/Panorama Merges, Book Auto-Create Cell, Export as PNG, Collection panel Color Labels, Filmstrip Index Numbers
- a mass of mobile and Lightroom Cloud-based improvements, as well as smaller features.
This release upgrades your catalog format, so you can’t easily roll back to 8.4.1. Adobe also moved the Sync.lrdata file to sit alongside the relevant catalog to improve performance and reliability.
The entire Lightroom cloud-based ecosystem has also been updated today too.
Update a few days after release…
9.0 is looking pretty stable, but some issues are being reported:
- Acronis Active Protection (an anti-ransomware app) is conflicting with Lightroom 9.0, causing performance issues
- For some people, the crop tool is lagging
- A few people are hitting an error message when they try to upgrade their catalog
- Catalina-specific issues are ongoing, so we don’t recommend upgrading to Catalina yet
Updated System Requirements
On Windows 10, you now need Version 1809 or later. To use GPU acceleration, your graphics card and driver must support DirectX 12.
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit still has limited support, but can’t take advantage of some performance improvements, such as GPU acceleration, or HEIC file format support.
On macOS, you need 10.13 High Sierra or later to run Lightroom 9.0. To benefit from GPU acceleration, you need macOS 10.14.5 or later and a computer that supports Metal. There’s a list of supported hardware here.
Fill Edges for Panorama Merge
Previously, any missing edges caused by creating a panoramic photo would need either cropping or use of Boundary Warp. Now there’s an additional option, a checkbox called Fill Edges, which works similarly to the Content-Fill Aware in Photoshop.
Many photographers have asked for the Export dialogue to allow multiple exports at the same time. For example, a wedding photographer may want a full resolution set of JPEGs to send to the print lab, a medium resolution screen-sharpened set to give to the bride and groom, and a low resolution watermarked set to upload to an online gallery.
This is now possible using the checkboxes next to presets in the Export dialogue. You can still, of course, simply click the preset you want and export one set of photos.
Additional Filter Options
Folders and Collections can now be filtered by their color labels (if used). Also, Image has Depth Map has been added to both Metadata Filters and Smart Collection criteria.
This has now been improved, especially for photos with lots of keywords applied.
Remove Photos Shortcut
To delete all selected photos in Loupe and Develop views, you can use the new shortcut Shift-Delete instead of having to switch back to Grid view.
The Export command has returned to the right-click menu so you can easily share your presets with others.
Clear History Above Selected History Step
Have you ever experimented on an already-edited photo, and then decided you preferred the earlier version? In 9.0, you can now right-click on a history state and choose Clear History Above This Step to clear the history states of the failed experiment.
Process Version Auto Update
Any photos currently set to PV3 or PV4 will automatically be updated to the current version (PV5 introduced in 8.0) when you start editing in order to benefit from performance improvements.
Post-Crop Vignette Preview
If GPU acceleration is enabled, the post-crop vignette is visible while cropping.
- Apple iPhone 11
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Fuji X-A7
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Main Camera
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Telephoto Camera
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Wide Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Main Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Telephoto Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Wide Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Main Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Telephoto Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Wide Camera
- Nikon Z 50 (Preliminary support)
- Panasonic DC-S1H
- Sony A6100 (ILCE-6100)
- Sony A6600 (ILCE-6600)
- Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)
- Sony RX100VII (DSC-RX100M7)
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
- Apple iPhone 11 back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 front camera 2.71mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro front camera 2.71mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC) Pro
- Apple iPhone 11 Max back camera 6mm f/2 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front camera 2.71mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- DJI Osmo Action
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Front Camera
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Macro Camera
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Main Camera (DNG+JPEG
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Telephoto Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI Honor 20 Pro Rear Wide Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Front Camera
- HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Rear Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Front Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Main Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Telephoto Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Rear Wide Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Front Camera
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Main Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Telephoto Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUAWEI P30 Pro Rear Wide Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- Sony E
- Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G
- Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
- Sony FE
- SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN A019
- Sony FE 35mm F1.8
- Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
Tether SDK Update
Nikon Tether SDK is updated to the latest version. This should fix an existing tethering connection issue with the D700 camera. Additionally, new firmware support is included for the D850, Z6 and Z7 cameras. However, the Nikon SDK needs further updates for Catalina. Workaround – turn the camera on before invoking the Start Tethered Capture command.
Issues reported with 9.0
There have been a few issues / things to be aware of since ones have updated to Classic 9.0, particularly connected with Plugins:
- LRTimelapse isn’t working when exporting since the new Export options in Classic. Solutions / workarounds are to either hold off updating to 9.0, or there is also a temporary workaround described on the LRTimelapse Forum.
- A number of Plugins will need an updated version, for example the ones written by Jeffrey Friedl, as they relate to the Classic catalog database structure (visit Jeffrey’s site for his updated ones).
This is a major update so lots of work was put into the new features but it did also include bug fixes. Adobe only publishes the ones that were reported by users.
- Lightroom Classic 7.3.1: Preset Export problem
- Lightroom Classic CC: JPEG Identity Plate does not print when set to Render Behind Image
- Lightroom Classic 8.2: Impromptu slideshow keyboard shortcut doesn’t work on Windows 10
- Lightroom Classic: French translation error to delete = effacer, to remove=retirer
- Lightroom SDK: Preserved File Name not accessible via the SDK
- Lightroom Classic: “Synchronize Settings” very slow, using 10% CPU
- Lightroom Classic: Pick up flag shown on bottom list of photos when mouse hovers
- Lightroom Classic: Copying metadata from videos in no longer working since last update
- Lightroom Classic 8.4: Keywords entry not working
- Lightroom Classic: Tethering for Nikon D700 stalled when Photoshop open at same time?
- Lightroom Classic: Apply During Import missing from Import window
- Lightroom Classic: Side panels erratically overlay import dialog on macOS Mojave
If you find a bug, click here to learn how to report it to Adobe.
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 overloading 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.