Learn what's new in cloud-based Lightroom Desktop 3.0In conjunction with Adobe’s annual MAX conference being held this week, cloud-based Lightroom Desktop 3.0 has been released with lots of great new features, support for new cameras, and more. New features include greatly expanded Export (Save To) options, interactive editing tutorials, content-aware Fill Edges for panoramas and more.

Updates were also released for Lightroom Mobile iOS and Android, and for Lightroom Classic – read my separate articles on these.

In This Article:

(These links above to sections below may or may not work depending on what device and system you are using. If they don’t, then scroll down.)

Operating System Requirements

Support for macOS Sierra and Windows 10 v. 1703 and 1709 has been dropped. Operating systems supported include:

  • macOS High Sierra (10.13), Mojave (10.14), Catalina (10.15)
  • Windows 10 v. 1809 and later

The Lightroom Desktop 3.0 update will not appear in the Creative Cloud app if your operating system is not supported.

How and When to Update

If you previously were prompted to agree to auto-update Lightroom and if you agreed, then when you open Lightroom for the first time after the update is available, you’ll be notified that “Lightroom Needs to Do Some Updating” and then you’ll be using the new Lightroom 3.0.

Lightroom 3.0 Desktop Updating

If you don’t see this, go to Help>System Info to verify that you are now using version 3.0. Otherwise to update to 3.0, go to Help>Updates, and in the Creative Cloud app, on the Updates tab click on Update next to Lightroom (cloud-based photo service; not Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC 2015.)

The Creative Cloud app has been redesigned – click on Updates on the left or Photography to isolate these apps and find Lightroom Desktop (the cloud-based photo service).

When to Update (if Lightroom didn’t auto-update):

When you update to 3.0, Lightroom upgrades the catalog to a newer version – that’s what the “Lightroom Needs to Do Some Updating” message indicates. Note that after this happens, it takes a few steps to revert to 2.4. Because of this, while I don’t expect any issues with Lightroom 3.0 and updates of this app usually go smoothly, it can’t hurt to wait a week or so to make sure that others aren’t experiencing major bugs with it.

If I hear of serious issues with this release I will post them here in this section – please check here rather than emailing me.

Click here to check for bug reports and to report bugs or issues that you encounter.

New Home Screen

When you open Lightroom Desktop 3.0 you’ll land on the new Home screen, where you’ll have access to photos and albums you’ve worked with recently as well as Learn guided tutorials and Discover photos:

Lightroom Desktop 3.0 Home Screen

Read more about Learn guided tutorials and Discover photos later in this article. To get to all your photos (the view Lightroom used to open to), click on the All Photos (book) icon below the Home icon.