June 26, 2007
After an unexpected and accidental “prerelease” on the Adobe Store Monday evening June 25th, Adobe has officially released the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 update. And it’s big. Lots of bug fixes, yes but also a lot of new features and functionality got put into the free update. The download links are at the end of the story.
Lightroom 1.1 provides many new features and enhancements to existing features the most notable of which are listed below.
Template Browsers in the Slideshow, Print, and Web module as well as the Preset Browser in the Develop module are now hierarchical, allowing for a one-level deep hierarchy. Folders can be created by choosing the Folder drop-down option below the preset or template name field.
The “breadcrumbs” text at the top of the filmstrip now changes the highlighted item based on context. For example, if a command in Library will affect all selected photos, the text “5 selected” is highlighted instead of the filename. In output modules, the highlighted section indicates which photos are being included in the output of the module.
The filmstrip filter now includes additional icons to show only negative(master) photos or virtual copies.
When importing from removable media, Lightroom provides the option to eject-after-import.
Lightroom now supports all of the available DNG conversion settings:
-JPEG Preview Size
-Image Conversion Method
-Embed Original Raw File
Preferences have been separated into global application preferences and catalog-specific settings:
-Metadata browser options
-XMP metadata handling
-Optimize Catalog: This command will be useful for larger databases that seem to perform below their initial levels. Optimization is also a part of the upgrade process and provides the most benefit after Lightroom has performed a number of catalog operations (additions, deletions, changes, etc.).
Additional global preferences
-Default camera raw settings can now be shared with Camera Raw 4.1 and be set on a per camera model, serial number or ISO setting basis.
-Store presets with catalog file
-Treat JPEG files with the same name as a neighboring raw file as a separate photo
-Edit file naming presets externally
-Option to read and respect various hierarchical separator formats in the dc:subject keyword field on import
-Additional panel end marks have been included in the interface preferences
Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on a photo will provide a method of directly locating and viewing the image folder in the Library
A Copy Name field is available in the default Metadata panel. This field is blank by default for normal photos, but is set to “Copy 1″, “Copy 2″, etc. for subsequent virtual copies of that image. This field is available in the naming tokens under the same popup that contains “Original Name” for use when generating filenames on export. It is also searchable with the Find panel.
A virtual copy may be set as the master image using the Photo file menu. The previous master will be set as a virtual copy
The Find panel layout has been improved
The Keyword Stamper tool in the Library toolbar has been replaced by a spray can that be utilized as a general purpose applicator. The spray applicator now allows application of keywords, ratings, flags, labels, develop presets, metadata presets, and rotations. The icon can be used to click-and-drag to apply the specified content to multiple photos at one time.
A Ctrl-click or right-click on a folder in the Library provides a new “Synchronize Folder” command that can check for new images in the folder, check for missing photos and scan for metadata updates.
Catalog Export provides the ability to select a subset of a current catalog (any active selection) and create a new independent catalog file including only the selected images. The exported catalog has the option to include the master files or negatives and the previews associated with the files. A common use of an exported catalog would be to export a portfolio collection from a desktop computer to be used on a laptop computer for a lightweight portable presentation catalog.
Catalog import provides photographers with the opportunity to merge existing catalogs of different or identical images. A common use of catalog import would be to merge a set of photographs temporarily stored on a laptop with a larger set of images stored on a separate computer.
Catalog import conflict: If the file sets overlap during a catalog import, the import dialog offers several options for “Existing Photos.
The direct dounload links for the Lightroom 1.1 update:
To coincide with the announcement of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 update, Lightroom-News, in conjunction with The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book, will be bringing you a complete guide to the new version of Lightroom as a series of eight feature stories. These will be published over the next two to three weeks starting with a guide to the general menu items in Lightroom 1.1.
You can watch out for the feature stories as they appear on Lightroom-News, but you can also check the Feature Stories list that appears in the masthead where there will be permanent links to the stories as they are published.