It’s only August and Adobe is already pushing out Lightroom CC 1.5 and Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 updates. Again, this is one of the upsides to having a software subscription model: continuous updates! As well, Adobe is demonstrating its continued support for Classic even as CC continues to grow and improve. When CC was released back in October of 2017, many people in the community expressed their concern that CC would mark the slow death of Classic. However, Adobe is showing that their belief in Classic is as strong as ever.
Along with the usual bug fixes and updated camera and lens support, the following are included in the these Lightroom CC 1.5 and Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 Updates…
Lightroom Classic CC 7.5
- Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk
- HEIC image files support on Windows
- Book module enhancements
Lightroom CC 1.5
- Keep an album’s photos locally for offline editing
- Show album membership in the Info Panel
- Album and Photo Sharing
- File Type Badge
Lightroom Classic CC 7.5
In this update to Classic, we are seeing two minor (but useful!) tweaks as well some much needed attention given to the Book module. It has been a long time since we have seen Book module updates so these changes are very welcome. Lightroom is integrated with the Blurb publishing platform and Blurb has recently made some updates to their offerings. So, at a guess, those changes on Blurb’s side have prompted updates on Adobe’s side. More on those in a moment. The first two updates to Classic to mention are bulk uploading of Presets and Profiles and HEIC support for Widows.
Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk
In the 7.4 update, Adobe introduced us to the new Profiles feature – which we like to think of as digital film stock. With the 7.5 update you can now upload a bulk set of Presets or Profiles by pointing Lightroom to a ZIP compressed file. Simply point the import dialog at the .zip and, voila, all of the Presets and Profiles in that file will be added in a single click.
HEIC Support for Windows
Not long ago, Apple decided that it would be a good idea to update the image format used by the iPhone. That’s great since the new High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is really nifty; it’s just that they kind of forgot to let the rest of us know about the change! It has taken a while but, finally, Windows users are getting Lightroom support for the new format.
Book Module Enhancements
As I mentioned, it has been a while since we have seen any attention given to the Book module so these are welcome updates! In brief, Adobe has added support for …
- Choosing the new Blurb book styles and paper types
- Choosing where a page number is visible when printed
- Manual positioning of photos, they are no longer locked into the template
- Customized page templates can be saved
- Pausing and resuming the uploading of a book to Blurb
We won’t go into the technical weeds for this post. However, if you want more details on the exact nature of these changes, you can check the Adobe site for help on creating books or drop us a note and we would be happy to chat with you about our book making services (yes, we make books for our clients!).
Lightroom CC 1.5
Besides the usual round of bug fixes, this batch of updates seems to be centered all around Album management. Adobe has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and we are expecting more updates before the year is out.
Store Album Locally
Because Lightroom CC depends on an Internet connection, working offline or with a slow connection can be very frustrating. Remember, Lightroom CC works by keeping a full resolution of the photo in the cloud and then the Adobe servers update your desktop/laptop or mobile device by keeping low resolution proxies files on the various devices. Not until you start working with a file will Lightroom download the full version of the proxy.
While there is an option to mark individual photos for full download, this new feature is very useful! With a single click (right click on a mouse or ALT/OPT keyboard) you can designate a whole Album for downloading. This will save you both time and space as you can download only the photos that you want.
To further make Album management a bit easier CC now indicates what Album a photo is a member of. At the bottom of the Information panel will be a badge indicating what Albums the photo is a member of. These badges double as links and you can click on them to jump directly to that Album.
Sharing Lightroom CC Albums is a breeze – you can simply right click (or ALT/OPT click) on an Album and choose to share it. In the last batch of updates Adobe added simple options to allow downloads, show/hide metadata and to show/hide location information.
With this release, Adobe has simplified organization and management by creating a new left panel view for just shared Albums and individually shared photos. Yes, you read that right, you can now share individual photos just as you would Albums!
In the grid view, right click (ALT/OPT click) on an image and choose to “Share to Web …” You have the same show/hide options as with the Albums as well as being able to give the image a unique title.
File Type Badge
Lastly, a very helpful addition to Lightroom CC is the indication of file type. You can now quickly tell what kind of file you are looking at the new badge in the lower left corner of the thumbnail in the Square Grid view (you can cycle the view by repeatedly hitting the G key).
So this wraps up this Lightroom CC 1.5 and Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 updates. Feel free to ask questions in the comments window below.