During the last few months, Lightroom 4 was updated on three separate occasions, but with a single set of updates. That’s not the case with Lightroom 5. The first update (version 5.1) included a complete rewrite of the RAW module of the program. The second update (version 5.2) combined the whole RAW module with a new, more advanced and capable, high-performance JPEG module called “Media”. This version would introduce a new workflow called “Develop”, which introduced a completely different way of working that would eventually be released as its own application, as Lightroom Develop. The third update (version 5.3) introduced a third module to Lightroom, “Print”, which also came with an accompanying application called Photoshop Elements, which is Adobe’s lower-priced alternative to Photoshop. Luckily, everything fit into one update (or bundle) and the three modules have been gradually introduced over the past four months. After all, the updates are still minor and every new update made better plug-ins and features available for photo editing and more.
To be fair, it wasn’t until the last section of this review that I discovered an actual inconsistency. When moving Find and Replace tick boxes up at the top, the arrows that were present with Lightroom 4.3 simply got lost. The only way to find a function and name is to click the “tool tip” of the surrounding toolbar. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find them again (the non-arrowed tool tips are still there… silently stealing the show). Now, quickly running a search with the Find and Replace dialog doesn’t work – it pops up too slowly. However, selecting the Find and Replace dialog, clicking OK and then returning to the image window works just fine. I’d like to see a quick way to bring up this dialog quickly in the future. 933d7f57e6
If you’re looking for a robust photo-editing and image-management software, check out Photoshop CS6, as it has every feature that you need. If you want to create perfect images, you may want to check out Photoshop CC or Photoshop CS6 Extended.
There will be times when you will need the program – and many users will find it indispensable to their work. It can be expensive (or maybe I should say: it costs), but once in a while, you’ll be glad to have it. It is the program for professional photographers and graphic designers – it’s capable of great things and using it can be challenging and frustrating (in a good way, for the most part). It offers a great deal of new features, and a learning curve making it not for beginners (unless you’ve been using it for a while, or are willing to drastically simplify it).
If in doubt, and you want to try it, try the download offer for the trial version, which is fully functional without any limits. This will allow you to get familiar with all the tools and functions, and to see whether you need more than the free version can offer. A good thing about Photoshop is that it is updating constantly. With every release, or every couple of years, the program is updated with new tools and functions, and sometimes with some bugs fixed as well. New photos can either be added, or additional features can be added. Not everything goes perfectly, but then again, this is a mature program. A few small bugs or problems may make it difficult to work for a moment or two, but the program recovers quickly. If you want to find out more about any of the other features of the program, you can visit Getapp.