Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lightroom 5 beta

Just got the LR 5 beta. The face recognition - promised in a survey, more or less - is not there. Some other features are. I leave it to others to pontificate about the radial filter, but I predict we will see a beta 2, given that the listed additions for this beta are underwhelming (maybe other than the advanced healing brush).
Copy/Paste from Adobe

  • Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
  • Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
  • Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
  • Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
  • Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
  • Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
[edit - the below changed as I explored]
More importantly for us, Paddy 4.3 doesn't work. That is not surprising. Paddy writes directly into Windows controls - and these change when controls get rearranged for a new version. However, they really screwed me this time. The numbering changes over time. For instance, the Temperature box starts out as EDIT1. As you go along and pick tools, it can become anything up to EDIT128 (not quite anything, but details don't matter). This is a massive problem for me - Paddy relies on these edits being stable.

Wish us luck


  1. Have logged an issue in their public feedback forum: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_5_beta_1_please_keep_window_control_ids_static_for_external_keyboard_control_tools?rfm=1

    Hope they don't ignore that.

  2. they deleted it, repost it here: http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/lightroom5?view=discussions

  3. Posted here now: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1194947

  4. Did you try asking Tom directly as suggested by Victoria Bampton? I posted a quick reply at the link above showing support.

  5. I am in the middle of a move and a bit of a crisis at work...I will pick it up with the Adobe guys as soon as I can

  6. 1. for me a beta without MIDI would be fine :-))

    2. There may be 2 LR Versions in Future:

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/05/08/Adobe-photoshop-cc says:
    "We don't have plans to make Lightroom a subscription-only option but we do envision added functionality for CC members using Lightroom."

    1. > 1. for me a beta without MIDI would be fine :-))

      only for LR in english would be fine to

  7. Thanks Ken. I pinged Tom via twitter (@LR_Tom), but he didn't reply. I also mentioned it somewhere on the lightroom journal blog, I assume/hope Tom actually read that, as comments are moderated there.

  8. no different cloud version: ?