Adobe Lightroom Release Version 2.6

Adobe today released Lightroom 2.6, Camera Raw and DNG Converter 5.6. According to Adobe this willl be the final update to Lightroom 2.0. Next stop Adobe Lightroom 3.0.

In the new release from Adobe Lightroom 2.6, Adobe fixed previous issues that came to be in release 2.5. They also added new support from new camras that came to market since the last update.

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Known Issues
•  Burning exported images to disc is not available for the Lightroom 64-bit Windows application.
•  Upgrading a Lightroom 1 catalog during a catalog import can create multiple temporary copies of the catalog while upgrading
•  Lightroom performance can be impacted when the Window’s Recycle Bin contains thousands of files
•  Lightroom may not automatically launch an import dialog when a memory card is attached to a Windows Vista computer. Please select the Import button in the Library and select the attached card reader to begin the import.
•  Lightroom 2.6 will not automatically migrate plug-ins located in the following directory: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2\Modules\. Any plug-ins in this folder should be moved to: o XP: C:/Documents and Settings/{your_username}/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/ o    Vista: C:/Users/{your_username}/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/

Supported File Formats:
•  JPEG
•  TIFF (8 bit, 16 bit)
•  PSD (8 bit, 16 bit)
•  DNG
•  Proprietary raw formats (Please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html for a
full list of raw file support. File support for Lightroom 2.6 aligns with Camera Raw 5.6)

New Supported Cameras:
Support for the following cameras has been added in this update.

Canon      EOS 1D Mark IV                Mamiya    M22
Canon      EOS 7D                                Mamiya    M31
Canon      PowerShot G11                   Nikon    D3s
Canon      PowerShot S90                  Olympus    E-P2
Leaf         Aptus-II 5                            Panasonic    DMC-FZ38
Mamiya  DM22                                   Pentax    K-x
Mamiya  DM28                                   Sigma    DP1s
Mamiya  DM33                                   Sony    A500
Mamiya  DM56                                   Sony    A550
Mamiya  M18                                       Sony    A850

Important File Format Support Exceptions (Formats not supported):
•    CMYK Files
•    PSD files saved without a composite image. (Saved without “Maximize Compatibility” setting)
•    Files with dimensions greater than 65,000 pixels per side (512 Megapixel Total)
•    All video files, including those acquired by digital still cameras

New in Lightroom 2.6

The goal of this release is to address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 2 and provide additional camera raw support. A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed
•    The crop tool would unlock a locked aspect ratio after a rotation adjustment
•    For Mac OS X 10.6 customers, visual artifacts could appear when panning an image viewed at 1:1 in
the Develop module.
•    For Mac OS X 10.6 customers, the 10.6.2 update included a correction that prevented Lightroom 2 from opening more than two files using the Edit-in-Photoshop functionality.
•    Lightroom 2.6 provides a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5 update on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in highlight areas when processing raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.
•    Lightroom 2.5 and earlier did not support the updated Panasonic DMC-LX3 aspect ratio modes added with the camera’s latest version 2.0 firmware.

Working with Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw

Lightroom and Photoshop Camera Raw share the same image processing technology to ensure consistent and compatible results across applications that support raw processing. These applications include Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 7.0 and Premiere Elements 7.0.

Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6
Adobe applications must be updated with the Camera Raw 5.6 plug-in in order to ensure compatibility with Lightroom 2 develop module settings and Photoshop integration features. Photoshop CS4 users can update the Camera Raw plug-in automatically using the Update tool listed under the Help menu. The Camera Raw 5.6 plug-in can also be downloaded and installed manually by visiting the Adobe web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html. Please follow the installation instructions carefully.

Sharing Lightroom Settings with Camera Raw 5.6
By default, Lightroom’s develop module settings are stored in Lightroom’s database. In order to ensure that Lightroom develop settings can be viewed by Camera Raw 5.6 the settings must be written to the XMP metadata block for that file. This metadata is stored in an XMP sidecar file (Imagename.xmp) in the current image directory of proprietary raw files or stored directly within DNG files. To update images with the latest develop settings, choose the library module and select the group of target images. Choose the shortcut Command(Ctrl) + S to save the settings to the XMP metadata block.

Viewing Lightroom settings in Camera Raw 5.6
Before working in conjunction with Lightroom and Camera Raw please set the Camera Raw preference to: Save image settings in: Sidecar “.xmp” files. By default Camera Raw will display the image adjustments exactly as performed in Lightroom’s develop module.

Viewing Camera Raw settings in Lightroom
Raw files edited by previous versions of Camera Raw will maintain their previous appearance when imported into Lightroom. Note: Those files must have been edited with the preference set to Save image settings in: Sidecar “.xmp” files in order for Lightroom to respect the previous edit. Files edited in Camera Raw after importation into Lightroom can be updated in Lightroom by choosing the “Read Metadata from Files ” from the Metadata file menu. Note: This menu option is only available in the Lightroom Library.

Additional Notes on Camera Raw and Lightroom
•    Camera Raw will only read the current settings for the primary image in the Lightroom Library. Virtual Copy adjustments will not be displayed or available in Camera Raw 5.6

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