The current desktop-based app you know as Lightroom is being rebranded as Lightroom Classic CC. And you can edit your full-resolution photos anywhere - on mobile devices, the web, or your desktop. "Now in an increasingly mobile-centric world, and with major improvements in smartphone cameras, Lightroom is transforming digital photography again".
Lightroom CC has been built around the same image editing technology that supports both Photoshop and Lightroom, with the new interface providing easy-to-use sliders, presets, and quick adjustment tools. Changes made through Lightroom CC on one device are automatically synced to all devices. This year Adobe is making a heavy investment in artificial intelligence, with updates powered by Adobe Sensei, a machine learning platform geared towards creative tools that was first launched last year at Adobe MAX.
Built-in sharing tools: Lightroom CC makes it easy to share photos directly via social media and to create custom Lightroom web galleries that can be shared via link.
"As the leader in digital photography, today Adobe is unveiling Lightroom CC, our next generation photography service", said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.
But if you're loyal to Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe hasn't forgotten about you.
There's also an enhanced Embedded Preview workflow that enables users to scroll through large sets of photos to select a subset of images significantly faster than before, Adobe says.
What's more, Lightroom Classic is getting a major speed boost. "So we took stock of where you were feeling the most performance anxieties, and dedicated this launch primarily to addressing these issues".
Lightroom Classic has some new features, including performance enhancements and Color and Luminance Range masking for more selective graduated and radial filter adjustments. Adobe says it has no plans to abandon this version, evident by the fact that it also received an update today. So today's announcement effectively spells the end of Lightroom as a regular non-subscription product.
Why bother building an entirely new version of Lightroom if you're going to keep the old version around?
Adobe Lightroom CC and Classic CC are now available through 3 different photo-oriented subscription plans. This plan can be bumped up to 1TB of storage if you're willing to part with an additional $10 per onth (all are annual plans, paid monthly).
If you don't need a desktop version of the software there is a mobile-only package that gives you 100GB of storage and access to the Lightroom Mobile plan for £4.49 a month (iOS) or £4.39 a month for Android users.
Adobe also launched three apps that were available in a beta capacity so far.