Ever since Apple ditched Aperture (and replaced it with Photos for OS X), alternatives have been sought after. Now, Adobe has launched its own options.
On Tuesday, Adobe officially launched two variants of its Lightroom software: Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC. The former of the two is the pay-up-front option, with a price tag set at $149.99. Lightroom CC, on the other hand, is Adobe’s cloud-based option that works with a subscription plan, and it is the only software that will link with Adobe’s mobile options as well. Generally speaking, both applications are similar in functionality.
Lightroom still functions as it normally has, working as a means to handle large photo libraries to start, but also offering a generous amount of tools for photographers and general users alike. One new addition to Lightroom is facial recognition, which works much in the same way as Apple’s Faces feature. Lightroom will now allow to group photos together based on a specific face, letting users find photos much faster of a certain person. There is also a new HDR (high dynamic range) tool that will utilize two images to create a composite photo with more vivid colors and detail.
There are other new editing options as well, including brushes with graduated and radial filters.
As far as pricing goes, Lightroom 6 is pegged at the aforementioned $149.99, while Lightroom CC is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of apps, which runs for $9.99 per month. Links to the applications are available below.