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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.5 with iPhone Mobile App

Lightroom 5.5 mobile iPhone

Today Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 along with Lightroom mobile for the iPhone. Along with the usual new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, the free Lightroom 5.5 update includes support for syncing with the new iPhone app, and a few other changes targeted at Lightroom mobile and Creative Cloud subscribers. Watch my video below to see the changes in action, or read on below the video for details.

Creative Cloud subscribers: update through the CC app. Otherwise, to install the free update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates, download the file, then double-click on it to run the installation wizard. If Check for Updates doesn’t find the update, try again later or download the update at the link at the bottom of this page. As with all updates, I highly recommend backing up your catalog before updating.

Video: What’s New in Lightroom 5.5, Lightroom Mobile
and the Creative Cloud Photography Program

For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

What’s New

  • Syncing to and from the new free Lightroom mobile app for iPhone. Functionality is essentially the same as the iPad app (released with Lightroom 5.4.)
  • In addition to picking and rejecting photos on the iPad and iPhone, we can now add and sync rating stars.
Rating Stars Lightroom Mobile

Assigning Stars in Lightroom Mobile

  • Collections in Lightroom desktop chosen for sync: can be directly shared to the web via new context menu options:
Lightroom 5.5 web view options

Right-click on a synced collection to access Lightroom Web View options

  • User sort order in Lightroom desktop is now synced to collections in Lightroom mobile.
  • You can now filter on multiple criteria – for example, pick flag + stars, or unpicked and flagged photos.
  • You can now open photos directly from Lightroom mobile into 3rd party apps. From the grid, tap and hold on a photo and choose Open In…

In addition, Adobe has announced that $9.99/month for the Creative Cloud Photography program is an ongoing price, not just a promotional rate. For this price you receive:

  • Always newest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop CC (including Photoshop CC 2014, also announced today)
  • 2 GB cloud storage (reduced from 20 GB, but note that storage for syncing to Lightroom mobile is separate and is unlimited). Those who have subscribed with the previous offer of 20 GB will continue to receive it.
  • Lightroom mobile for iPad and iPhone (and later Android), with unlimited syncing to and from Lightroom desktop.
  • CC integration with the new Photoshop Mix app for iPad
  • Behance Pro Account (

Students can continue to subscribe to Creative Cloud Complete for $19.99/month. This increases to $29.99/month upon graduation.

All other Creative Cloud pricing remains the same.

New Camera Support

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Fujifilm FinePix S,Nikon 1 J4,Nikon 1 S2, Nikon 1 V3,Olympus OM-D E-M10, Panasonic DMC-GH4, Pentax 645Z, Samsung NX3000,Sony DSC-RX100 III,Sony A7S (ILCE-7S),Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profiles

Canon – Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon – Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon – Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Fujifilm – Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100
Nikon – Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon – Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon – Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon – Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon – Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon – Tamron SP 16—600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.5

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the
  • Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog: Nikon D1, Nikon D1H, Nikon D1X, Nikon D2H, Nikon D2Hs, Nikon D2X, Nikon D2Xs, Nikon D100, Nikon D200

Direct Download Links for Lightroom 5.5


2017-07-18T16:19:50-07:00 June 18th, 2014|13 Comments


  1. Karsten Qvist June 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Great overview – thanks Laura!

  2. Carol Kautzman June 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Laura. I was just getting ready to reinstall LR 5.4 because of an error stating there was an error in attempting to change modules. I have tried all steps suggested in help on Adobe up to “reinstall” but should I hold off now that it’s 5.5? I can’t open any catalog at all. Thanks.

    • Laura Shoe June 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I would try to update, Carol, but you may find that you need to reinstall.

  3. SJ June 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Still custom presets missing 🙁 in mobile versions

  4. John Woodman June 19, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Laura – a fantastic job, as always. A great summary of the essentials – off now to get LR Mobile on my phone.

  5. Tim Driman June 19, 2014 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Thanks for the “heads up”… Have now downloaded.

    I must say that moving over to LiteRoom has elevated my photography exponentially.

    Warm regards from KwaZulu Natal – South Africa.

  6. Alastair Knox June 27, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I’m having a problem with LR 5.5 and it is this: When I right -click on an image to ‘edit’ and I get my plug-ins listed, the selection of PS (2014) opens PS (2104) OK but the file doesn’t open in the program.
    I also have Perfect Suite 8 running and if I select it as my editor everything is fine and dandy
    The problem seems to lie with PS (2104) because I didn’t have this problem before.
    Is it a known ‘bug’ or have you any possible solutions that I am missing.?
    Very many thanks if you are able to help

    • Laura Shoe June 27, 2014 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Hi Alistair,

      I don’t know the answer, so I would suggest posting this question in the Adobe Photoshop forum.

  7. Susan proto July 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I updated & the new version of Lightroom but it was empty…no photos at all. I have updated every new version since 4 & pictures always come across. Has this been a problem for others. Pictures are still in Finder, of course & back up but what is easiest way to get them back in Lightroom? Haven’t called Adobe Tech yet as they tend to be so rude & unhelpful. Thought I’d ask you first as you always have good ideas & are very helpful. Any info would be helpful.



    • Laura Shoe July 11, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Hi Susan, Lightroom opened with a fresh new catalog rather than finding your old one. If you still have Lightroom 4 installed, open it, go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac), Catalog Settings, the General tab, to see where your Lightroom 4 catalog is and what the file name is. Close Lightroom 4, open Lightroom 5, go to File>Open Catalog, and navigate to your Lightroom 4 catalog. Lightroom 5 will open and upgrade this.

  8. Bruce July 16, 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I trying Lightroom 5.5 creative cloud and have a minor problem. When I am in the develop mode with a photo synced from my iPhone, sometimes the photo will disappear and I see the message “no photo selected.” It will also disappear briefly from the grid. I have to wait for it to reappear on the grid before I can continue working on it.

    • Laura Shoe July 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Sounds like a bug, Bruce. I would post on the Adobe Lightroom forum or to see if there is a fix for this.

  9. Robert July 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I am studying your Lightroom 5: The fundamentals and Beyond. I am in video 11 where you are showing us the arrow to add or substract tools from the tool bar. The last tool you demonstrated is the grid overlay. This is something I can use but when I click on the arrow on my tool bar the option for the “grid overlay” is not there. I have Lightroom 5 version 5.5.

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