Late last night Adobe announced Photoshop Lightroom 5 to much fanfare. Though some of course have complaints, the general consensus has been pretty positive. Following the release, we posed a few questions to Adobe, and they got back to us on what they learned from the Beta, new features and the differences between Creative Cloud and perpetual licenses.
I've spoken to the Lightroom Product Manager Sharad Mangalick before, and he's probably one of the nicest guys you can meet in the industry. He was happy to take a few minutes to answer some follow-up questions I had regarding the Beta and the final release of Lightroom 5.
1) What specifically did the developers address through the open beta? Do you have any information on how many times it was downloaded and what bugs were discovered because of the beta?
We don’t have a specific number to share regarding downloads, but we are incredibly pleased with how often Lightroom 5 beta was used.
2) Speed was a huge issue for folks in Lightroom 4. There was a little bit of a boost with the 5 beta, but should consumers expect a noticeable difference or was the performance of the beta exactly what they should expect?
Particularly when leveraging Smart Previews, Lightroom 5 customers should see an increase in interactive performance in Develop Module.
3) Let's say I downloaded the beta and then I get Lightroom 5. Will the final build feel any different than the beta?
In addition to the 400 bug fixes, we've added two new features: Behance Publish Service and increased feather range with the Radial Filter. We've enabled Catalog Upgrades so that you can migrate your Lightroom 1, 2, 3 and 4 catalogs into Lightroom 5.
4) To address those who really dislike the idea of no longer having access to perpetual software, the fact that this is available on disc is a nice bonus for them. However, will updates and or enhancements be slower to the perpetual customers than to the CC members? If so, approximately how much slower?
Future updates to Lightroom 5 will be available to both Creative Cloud members and non-Creative Cloud members. We don't plan to change the cadence of updates or their availability for the foreseeable future.
So what is the take-away? Lightroom 5 is faster than 4, especially when using Smart Previews. The Beta led to the fixing of over 400 bugs, and updates are going to flow exactly as you have been used to (which means CC first, disc second).
Are any of you still sitting on the fence regarding your feelings towards Lightroom 5? If so, what's staying your hand?