A few days ago, Adobe unveiled Lightroom CC 2017, along with Lightroom Classic CC 2017. Confused yet? Let me try and clarify it for you, and I’ll explain why you may or may not love it/them.
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom launched around 10 years ago and became the de facto standard in terms of managing and processing large volumes of raw images.
Over time, Adobe added more and more features like face recognition, printing, web sharing, sync to mobile devices, mobile versions, etc. However, all these features added complexity to the software and to the users’ workflow. These features also made the application a bit, how should I put it? Fat and slow.
Yes, the constant complaint about Lightroom through all 2016 and most of 2017 was that Lightroom was very slow, even in maxed-out computers, Windows or Mac.
Come October 2017 and Adobe released two versions of the desktop application:
Lightroom Classic CC. This is the software we all know, along with a few more features and, most importantle, performance improvements. This application still relies on your images being accessible locally, and you’re responsible for backing up your images and catalogue.
Lightroom CC. This is a new application, with a stripped down feature set and interface but with heavy support from the Adobe cloud, which backs up your images and catalog on the web. Since it has less features, it’s even faster than the Classic.
What do I think of them? Well, the Classic version is what we’ve known for around 10 years and it’s great! However, the new Lightroom CC is what I love. I’ve actually loved it for 6 months now.
Wait, what? How could I love it for 6 months since it was released only a few days ago? Well, Lightroom CC is what we already knew as Lightroom Mobile, with added features like Geometric and Optical correction and, if you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that my gear was stolen and since then I adopted an iPad-based workflow, using Lightrom Mobile. That’s why I can say that I love this version.
Lightroom CC has the same interface and mechanics (upload your raw file, forget about backups) as Lightroom Mobile and Web, as well as their speed and ease of use with the most frequently used features like:
Lightroom 2017 – Album
Lightroom 2017 – Rating
Lightroom 2017 – Light
Lightroom 2017 – Crop
Which version should you use?
If you are new to Lightroom or you are comfortable with the Mobile version, and don’t want to worry about file management and backups, the new Lightroom CC is for you. The downside is that you need to pay a bit more for the cloud storage.
If you’re a seasoned veteran with a large catalog, your safest bet seems to be Lightroom Classic CC. The downside is that you need a file management and backup strategy.
Do you agree? Maybe you don’t! Either way, share your thoughts in the comments section below.