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Adobe releases Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3

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On December 11, Adobe announced the final releases of Lightroom 5.3 and ACR 8.3. With it come the usual bug fixes along with the addition of new cameras and new lens to its catalog of Lens Profiles. This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for 20 new cameras, including the Nikon Df, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony a7.The interesting thing about Adobe’s Lightroom team is that they really keep their collective ear to the ground listening to customer gripes and complaints, that’s “catalog of customer feedback” in Adobe parlance.

It’s interesting that this release comes on the heels of Adobe’s announcement of the Photoshop Photography Program. All those people who recently joined the Photography Creative Cloud are now witness to the benefit of rapid releases of Adobe software through their creative cloud membership. Not to mention the holiday miracle of the Photography Program being extended (again) until December 31, 2013. Adobe saw a dramatic spike in Creative Cloud membership through the Photoshop Photography Program at the end of November 2013. So why not keep a good thing going?

Another intriguing item in that list of new cameras is the addition of the Nokia Lumia 1020, which is a phone camera. The list also includes the Apple iPhone 5s. So a trend is definitely starting to develop. Image files are beginning to receive serious consideration for processing in Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). A few weeks ago Google announced that they were “working” on RAW sensor functionality, but not for all Android phones and devices. So we see, the idea of a mobile camera's images being processed on desktop computers becoming commonplace.

Since July of this year I have made prints for exhibitions from my phones camera. I’ve even tried to create a "camera" profile for my EVO 4G LTE but to no avail. My process was to bring the JPEG files from the phone through Lightroom and export them out as DNG files. However, the DNG files would not work. All of the resulting color patches were out of gamut. In other words the color data was corrupt. So, while the colors “looked” great in Photoshop and I was able to still make beautiful prints, I was still guessing. It will be fascinating to see how the Android Camera API (application programming interface} will interact with other photo editing apps on the mobile OS.

So before I totally geek out here, if you are new to the Adobe Creative Cloud you should receive a notification that Lightroom 5.3 and ACR 8.3 are ready for download. Also, if you thought you missed the two previous soft deadlines about the Photoshop Photography Program, you have until December 31, 2013 to join the Creative Cloud at $9.99 a month.


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