As I noted yesterday. the final version of Lightroom 5 is out and ready to go! Most of the new features were in the beta version but they were a few tweaks that are worth noting. They included numerous little “bug” fixes. The automatic levels and straightening functions are greatly improved. Based on feedback from the beta testers they increased the feathering on the new radial tool.
Lightroom 5 has all of your favorite features from Lightroom 5 beta including the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Filter, Smart Previews, improved photo book creation, and slideshows that mix video and still images. From what I’ve seen the performance has been excellent.
When you upgrade your catalog, Lightroom will check the original files to add additional information to the catalog - Image Bit Depth (i.e. 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit), Color Mode (i.e. RGB, Greyscale, CMYK, etc.) and Color Profile (i.e. sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc.) – and that can take a while if you have a large catalog or your images are stored on a NAS or slow external especially.
Camera raw file support has been added for a few more cameras
Olympus PEN E-P5 & E-PL6
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 & DMC-LF1
Phase One IQ260*
Tethered support for the Nikon D600
They also added some new lenses to the profiles
My private classes and classes with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, Southwest Perspectives and BobbieGoodrich will be incorporating these great new advancements. Although many of my students will still be working in Lightroom 4, the interface has changed very little and we can easily work on both versions.