Adobe today released Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6. In addition to support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes, this free update introduces performance and other improvements for both Creative Cloud (CC) subscribers and 6 owners, and a new feature just for CC subscribers – Guided Upright, which allows you to draw lines on your photo to tell Lightroom what perspective corrections to make.
How to Update
If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use their Creative Cloud app – go to the Apps tab and click on Update next to Lightroom CC. If you are reading this on the release date (June 8) and the updates aren’t yet available, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run it. Download here: Mac Windows.
It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to back up when you close it, then go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) > Catalog Settings, and on the General tab set Back Up to “When Lightroom next exits”, and then close Catalog Settings and Lightroom.
I don’t anticipate major issues with this update, but if you don’t need the features and fixes right away, it never hurts to see how it goes for others. No news from me means that I haven’t heard of widespread serious issues.
New Camera Support
Raw files from the following new cameras can now be imported into Lightroom:
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
- Leica MD (Typ 262)
- Nikon COOLPIX B700
- Panasonic DMCGX85 (DMCGX80, DMCGX7MK2)
In addition, camera matching color profiles have been added to the Camera Calibration panel for Pentax 645Z, Pentax K1,and Pentax K3 II cameras, and automatic lens profile corrections have been added for Tokina and Tamron lenses on Canon and Nikon camera bodies.
Changes and Improvements for CC Subscribers and 6 Owners
All changes below apply to both Lightroom CC and 6, unless otherwise indicated.
- Lens Corrections panel functions have been reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels. Upright and manual transformation sliders have been moved to the new Transform panel. For CC subscribers only: Guided Upright has been added to the Transform panel – read more about this in the next section.
Lens Corrections features reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels
- In Develop, sequential navigation from one photo to the next will be faster, because upcoming photos are now pre-cached.
- Exports should be faster. This will be noticeable for bulk exports.
- You can now perform HDR and panorama merges when only smart previews are available. Note that smart previews are limited to 2,560 pixels, so the resulting merged file will be smaller than a merge with master files. It will not be updated to full size and quality when your drive with the originals is reconnected. Because the drive and folder where the master files are stored are offline, you will be prompted to specify where the resulting merged DNG file should be saved.
- With a photo selected, hovering over the large box in the Keywording panel will give you a tooltip with number of keywords applied.
- You can now import a Photoshop Elements catalog that has images stored on a NAS (networked) drive.
- Sub-location is no longer retrieved when performing address lookup / reverse geocoding. This does not affect photos that already have sub-location assigned.
- For CC subscribers, the Lightroom mobile tab in Preferences now has a Pending Sync Activity section. This area is useful for identifying any potential issues related to image syncing across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).
New Guided Upright Feature for CC Subscribers Only
The new Guided Upright feature that allows you to draw lines on your photos to tell Lightroom how to straighten vertical and horizontal perspective lines. Watch the video below for a demonstration of this feature, or read the details below the video.