We already had good reviews of a pre-release version of Lightroom Classic version 7.2 earlier this month, but today, it's finally out. As other software companies such as Apple have announced a slowdown of software feature developments and a concentration on bug fixes and performance improvements, so, too, has Adobe promised a renewed focus on Lightroom performance across all platforms. And this is just the beginning.
Lightroom Classic, CC, and CC for iOS and Android now all feature improved performance. Lightroom Classic now uses multi-core systems more efficiently than ever before. Systems with 12 GB RAM or more will also see further improved performance in high-demand CPU tasks such as import, grid loading, preview generation, application of Develop module, walking through images in Loupe view, HDR and panoramic merge functions, and image export. The performance improvements aren't small, either. Powerful desktop systems should see improvements well over 50 percent, while most systems will see at least 10-20-percent speed improvements.
Windows users in particular should see even further improvements, as Adobe has solved a problem that caused the program to slow down over longer sessions of editing within the same catalog (i.e., after having the application open for some time). This issue is also fixed for macOS, but was more severe with Windows machines before this fix.
Additionally, there are a handful of smaller, related feature updates that allow favoriting and searching by folders and easier Collection Set building that maintains (or mimics) original folder hierarchies.
Many of these same stability and performance improvements made it into Lightroom CC for desktop. Overall, users should notice a more stable experience as well as the ability to add copyright information to imported images.
Lightroom CC for Android and iOS are also getting some improvements. Guided Upright, Auto Upright, and other manual distortion tools are coming first to Android in a new Geometry tab that will come "soon" to iOS. Also, the ability to add and manipulate text-based watermarks to images on export that has been available on iOS for some time is also coming to Android. Finally, Android also gets some neat Adobe Sensei attention with a feature that allows image searches through Google Assistant. You can now say, “'Search mountains in Lightroom,' to launch Lightroom and find matching photos" on any device running Android Marshmallow and later.
The best part: Adobe says this is just the beginning. Adobe sounded rather optimistic when explaining there is more to come.
Unless otherwise stated, these changes are immediately available in new updates. Let us know what you think, or head over and read our review of the performance improvements in Lightroom Classic.