Updated March 20th, 2015: Adobe has just released Camera Raw 8.8 for Lightroom which covers 10 new cameras and more lenses – Here’s the link for both the Mac and Windows download which you can pick up directly from adobe.com.
While often ACR and LR release dates are in-line, that’s not always the case (as we saw in 2/2007, 7/2008, 3/2012 and this time around). Some are speculating that because ACR 8.8 and the DNGC 8.8 were just released, that the release of Lightroom 6 may actually not come out this coming week or next.
However, we still think that Lightroom 6 is coming sooner than later (one of the leaked LR 6 pages at an Australian retailer had the release date set for March 25th). It’s likely that Adobe is planning on releasing LR 6 and ACR 9 without any of the new functionality or coding-bug fixes. Based on the product page leaks we’ve seen during the past week at Best Buy, Amazon, NewEgg, and several others, it’s likely the disks/boxes have already been printed and are either at or waiting to be shipped to their top retailers. It’s also been 3 months since the last Camera Raw updates and well over due for an update – So even if the Lightroom 6 release date slipped a few days, we believe Adobe still kept the ACR/LR update as planned.
Either way, we’ll keep you updated with the latest news as we get it.
Updated March 16th, 2015: We’re just “days” away from the Lightroom 6 release, and helping confirm our suspicions, Best Buy posted Lightroom 6 for a few hours (it has since been pulled down). Nothing really new in terms of the product features that we already know (see below) but we can confirm the price – $149.99 for the full version and $79.99 for the student version. These prices are unchanged from current Lightroom 5 MSRP pricing. We’re not sure about the upgrade version price but expect it to also stay unchanged at $79.00.
Updated March 9th, 2015: Well, folks, March 9th is here… and from the looks of it, we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the release of Lightroom. Both a French and Australia site originally had today’s date listed for the release, but no word yet from Adobe.
We still have our fingers crossed that we will hear more news later today.
Amazon Japan had a release date of March 20th posted (before they pulled the pre-order page down) so we’re pretty confident that you’ll see it be announced between now and then (see screen shot is below).
Updated February 25th, 2015: Amazon Japan has a pre-order page up for Lightroom 6 with a posted release date of March 20th. The list price is also listed a little bit higher at ￥17,280 vs. ￥16,800 for Lightroom 5, but the pricing change is likely because of the stronger dollar – We don’t expect to see an increase in prices here in the U.S.
Updated February 19th, 2015: A few of Adobe’s resellers, both in Europe (the French website fnac.com) and Australia (eyo.com.au) have accidentally leaked out all of the Lightroom 6 specs, release date and box image (and we were fortunate to catch the info before it was all pulled down!). Here’s what we know:
- Release date listed: March 9th, 2015.
- System Requirements: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Mac OS X version 10.8 and higher.
- Key new feature: GPU Acceleration for much faster performance (especially in Develop module).
- Price: Expected to stay unchanged at $149.00 for the full version and $79.00 for the upgrade (international prices in local currency not expected to vary by much).
- Availability: Standalone or part of the Creative Cloud subscription plan.
- Manufacturer Part No: 65237579
- UPC/EAN Number: 5051254621348
Here’s the full list of key features and changes in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 (just note that this text is translated from French using Google Translate so it’s not grammatically perfect):
- Environment nondestructive - Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.
- Advanced conversion feature black and white - Monitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.
- Face Recognition - Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.
- Merge to HDR - Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.
- Optimized web galleries - Present your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.
- Integration of online sharing - Easily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.
- Development predefined settings - Save time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images. Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.
- Sophisticated Healing Brush - Get best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.
- Upright (Vertically) - Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.
- Fusion panoramas - Realize XXL ultra detailed panoramas. Photo merge technology lets you merge multiple images, including raw files, to create panoramas out of the ordinary.
- Performance gains - Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.
- Sophisticated video slideshows - Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.
- Creating photo books - Create beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks.
Here’s a quick look at Lightroom’s release date history:
- Lightroom 5.7 – Released on November 18, 2014 (this is the current version).
- Lightroom 5.6 – Released on July 31, 2014.
- Lightroom 5.5 - Released on June 18, 2014.
- Lightroom 5.0 - Released on June 10, 2013.
- Lightroom 5.0 beta – Was made available on April 15, 2013.
- Lightroom 4.0 - Released on March 5, 2012.
- Lightroom 3.0 - Released on March 23, 2010.
- Lightroom 2.0 - Released on July 29, 2008.
- Lightroom 1.0 - Released on February 19, 2007.
What happens if I just bought Lightroom 5 before LR6 was released?
Adobe has historically been pretty good at honoring customers with a free upgrade if fallen under their grace period. Just keep in mind that this does not apply to beta releases, only for orders made in the period between the official announcement date and shipping date (usually up to 4 weeks prior to the announce). You can read more about the Adobe free upgrade policy.
If you’re looking to use Lightroom 5 now and don’t want to pay for both versions, you have a few options. The first one is to take advantage of the free trial download – As long as you haven’t tried it out before you will be able to use it for a full 30 days without paying for it. The second option is to purchase Lightroom 5 directly from Adobe and then return it within the return window (they have a 30-day return policy when you buy it at Adobe.com).
What would you like to see in Lightroom 6?
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