Adobe has rolled out a new version of Lightroom — version 6 for standalone users or the newly renamed Lightroom Creative Cloud for existing subscribers — delivering several new features and an under-the-hood retuning to make it run faster, including on older CPUs and GPUs when using the Develop module.
Among the highlights:
* You can create HDR images by merging multiple exposures, creating a DNG RAW file with more dynamic range.
* You can stitch multiple RAW images together to create panoramas using Photomerge.
* Lightroom Mobile is now available for Android tablets and Android users will also get the ability to edit images stored on microSD cards. If your Android phone snaps DNG images, Lightroom can edit those too.
* The slideshow feature has been enhanced to allow multiple songs clips to be used, among other improvements.
* Smart folders can be created on any device and synced across multiple platforms.
Also new is facial recognition, which lets you tag certain individuals and have Lightroom’s algorithms scour your images to tag other instances when those people appear. Those tags will not travel with the images in metadata, unless you select that option.
The update is available now for CC subscribers or for $149 standalone.
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