New Features, Performance Enhancements & Bug Fixes
On June 9th Adobe launched their latest enhancements to Lightroom with Lightroom CC 2015.6 & Lightroom 6.6 that incorporates a number of bug fixes, a few performance enhancements, numerous new camera and lens profiles and a couple of new features. The bug fixes and new profiles are available on both the Creative Cloud version and the standalone Lightroom 6 products, but the new features are only available on the Creative Cloud version.
New Lightroom CC 2015.6 features worth noting
The key feature enhancements to Lightroom CC 2015.6 includes:
- The Guided Upright Tool
- Lightroom Mobile Pending Sync Activity Log
- Performance Enhancements in the Develop Module
- Merging Panoramas using Smart Previews
The Guided Upright Tool
This new Develop Module adjustment can be found in a new panel called the Transform Panel, which incorporates some of the exisiting adjustments from the Lens Correction Panel as well as the new Guided Upright Tool. The Guided Upright Tool allows you to correct perspective issues by drawing lines on the image, similar to the straightening tool.
You simply click and drag 2 to 4 lines on the photo, along lines in the image that should be horizontal and/or vertical. You can fine tune the results using the various sliders in the Transform Panel.
Lightroom Mobile Pending Activity Log
The new Mobile Pending Activity log is located in the Lightroom Preferences in the Lightroom Mobile tab. It displays an activity log of your mobile sync activity and identifies any synchronisation error that may have occurred.
Lightroom Performance Enhancement
In an effort to speed up the performance of Lightroom when you’re working in the Develop Module, Lightroom will now preload data for the two photos adjacent to the photo you are currently editing. So when you complete editing one image and you move on to the photo on either side of the one you are currently exiting, Lightroom will load much faster.
Merge Panoramas using Smart Previews
Lightroom will now allow you to stitch together multiple smart previews to create an panoramic image. This is for testing purposes only, to determine how the stitch will look.
For the complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and new cameras that are supported, check out Adobes official announcement – Click Here
Having Issues Installing the New Upgrade?
On numerous occasions I have had difficulties after installing a Lightroom upgrade via the Creative Cloud. A few of the issues were actually caused by bugs in the new release and I had to wait for a software patch to be released to overcome the issues. As a result I often suggest you wait a few days, even a week before updating to the latest version. You can keep an eye on the on-line forums to see if anyone is experiencing any complications prior to updating your software. For this particular new release, I have yet to discover any bugs or issues that would prevent me from recommending the upgrade.
If you do experience any issues what so ever, my first recommendation is to sign out of the Creative Cloud and sign back into it. To sign out, open the Creative Cloud panel, click on the small gear symbol in the top right hand corner and select Preferences. Once you are in the preferences panel you can select the Sign Out button. Sign back into the Creative Cloud using your Adobe login and password.
Please let me know if you have found this blog helpful or if you have any additional questions.
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