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Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 Released

Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 Released

Adobe has just announced the latest upgrade for Lightroom. As well as bug fixes and new lens support, the CC version adds a new feature too. Called Boundary wrap, the new feature enhances the panorama feature in Lightroom. Unfortunately for those with the non subscription version, this new feature is only available for CC users.

Here's what Adobe says about the new Boundry Wrap feature.

Stitched panoramas often have non-rectangular boundaries. There are several ways to handle irregular boundaries. The most common approach is to apply a rectangular crop. This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary. This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred(non-raw) format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame.

The demo looks pretty cool, and I look forward to trying it.

There's a number of new cameras supported in the latest version, including the much anticipated Fuji X-Pro 2. Unfortunately, it looks as if Adobe still hasn't implemented the improved edge and detail rendering for Fuji x-Trans files that they promised a few versions ago. Here's the full list of newly supported cameras:

  • Fujifilm X70
  • Fujifilm X-E2S
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Leica M (Typ 262)
  • Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS60 (DMC-TZ80, DMC-TZ81, DMC-TZ85)
  • Phase One IQ150
  • Sony ILCA-68 (A68)

The press release also lists the following additional updates and bug fxes:

Additional Updates in Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4

  • Nikon 1 J4 Camera Matching Profile added
  • The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
  • A preference was added to the Mac to prevent accidental “speed swiping”
  • Metadata is added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Customers can now set the location of where photos are stored when downloaded from Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web in the preference panel or contextually in the folder panel
  • Thumbnails update much quicker when copying and pasting settings in the grid view
  • Images load faster in the Library module when you are zoomed in and navigating images
  • Tethered support added for the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D7200

  • Auto Sync of some settings failed when using smart previews

  • Lightroom would ignore model-specific custom default settings for some cameras, including some Leica and Sony models.
  • Crop resets to image bounds when adjusting rotation via slider
  • In Lights Out mode, an image would “disappear” if a customer uses the Undo functionality
  • SIGMA 50mm f1.4 ART lens was incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4
  • Soft Proofing RGB readout values differed for same file between 5.7.1 and 6.x
  • Import from iPhoto would result in all photos receiving a “pick” flag
  • Comments from Lightroom web come in to Lightroom on the desktop as already “read.”
  • Lightroom would not display the correct EXIF metadata for some video files generated by Canon, Fuji and Panasonic cameras
  • Vertical panoramas created using Merge could appear with the wrong orientation
  • The video cache did not respect the maximum size specified in the preferences
  • Customers experienced issues importing video files in some scenarios
  • Tethering Nikon cameras on Mac OS X 10.11(El Capitan) did not work properly

More details, including a list of the comprehensive range of newly added lens profiles is available from Adobe's Lightroom Journal page. The update is available now from the Adobe creative cloud application (or within Lightroom for non subscription version owners)

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