Adobe has announced new standalone and Creative Cloud versions of Lightroom, its image processing and Raw conversion software. The latest versions gain simple HDR and Panorama merging tools that create DNG files from the merged results (16-bit floating point DNGs in the case of the HDR mode). The update also includes the ability to paint-out regions of gradient filters, to allow more flexible overlays in addition to Face Recognition tools. The Crative Cloud version of the software is also designed to work in sync with the iOS and Android versions of Lightroom. The CC version also works with Voice and Slate: two new programs for creating image-based animations and presentations.
The latest versions of the software make greater use of computers’ graphics processors (GPUs), speeding up most processes and allowing complex tasks to run in the background without slowing the user experience. As per the company’s announcement earlier this year, the latest versions require 64-bit operating systems.