Are you confused over Lightroom names? In case you haven’t heard, Adobe last week changed the name of the Lightroom program we have been using for 10 years, and gave the “Lightroom” name to a new-cloud based application. Here’s an explanation of all the application names that you will see in your Creative Cloud application and elsewhere:
Lightroom Classic CC
A newly released version of the Lightroom program we have been using for 10 years, with Library, Develop, Map, Slideshow, Book, Web and Print modules. The new version is technically called “Version 7.0”, but Adobe plans to downplay version numbers going forward. In my articles I refer to it as Lightroom Classic or Lightroom Classic 7. This is only available as part of a CC subscription.
Lightroom CC (2015)
The previous subscription version of our 10 year-old Lightroom program, released in 2015 and updated through 2015.13.
The previous non-subscription version of our 10-year-old Lightroom program. There is no non-subscription version corresponding to the new Lightroom Classic, and there will be no more non-subscription versions.
The brand new cloud-based solution that is easier to use, but light on features. Sometimes “Lightroom CC” will be used to refer to the application that resides on your computer, but technically the “Lightroom CC” name more broadly refers to all clients in the Lightroom CC ecosystem, consisting of mobile, web and desktop. When clarity is needed, the following are the official names of the clients:
Lightroom CC Desktop – the application that resides on your computer
Lightroom CC iOS – the Lightroom mobile application for iPads and iPhones. This is the same Lightroom mobile app you have been using, just renamed.
Lightroom CC Android – the Lightroom mobile application for Android devices. This is the same Lightroom mobile app you have been using, just renamed.
Lightroom CC Web – lightroom.adobe.com, where after signing in you can import, edit and share your photos using a web browser.
It’s a shame we have to expend so much time trying to clear up confusion over these naming decisions by Adobe – it certainly would have been easier if they had given the new cloud-based baby a unique name, such as Lightroom Cloud – but they didn’t.
Visit my What’s New resource page for all my articles and videos covering the Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, mobile and web releases. This includes articles on which version you should buy, how to upgrade, and how to use new features.