Adobe brings new features to Lightroom like Split View on iPad and new export options

Adobe today updated Lightroom for iOS, Lightroom for macOS and Lightroom Classic with new features like support for Split View multitasking. It also shared what’s in store across 2020.

For a detailed summary of the new features, visit the Adobe blog.

Lightroom for Mac

There are now new options available in Lightroom for Mac when exporting items — in addition to the previous JPEG and TIFF exports, you can now choose to save your photographs as DNG files. This feature was already available in Lightroom for iOS and Android.

Speaking of exports, shared album owners can now export what other people have contributed to their shared album. And when contributing photos to a shared album which is owned by someone else, you can now choose to include or omit metadata.

Next, you can now import to a specific album by dragging and dropping directly onto an album in the Albums list. The Photo Merge feature now provides handy shortcuts for creating an HDR (Ctrl + Shift + H) or Panorama (Ctrl + Shift + M) without invoking the settings dialog.

For the full list of changes in Lightroom for Mac, read Adobe’s support document.

Lightroom for iPhone and iPad

The biggest change in Lightroom for iOS includes support for iOS’s side-by-side Split View multitasking on iPad which lets you work in Lightroom alongside another app to easily drag and drop content between the two apps and more.

Split View multitasking: Lightroom on the left and Safari on the right.

And lastly, improvements to learn and discover content include a new two-column view for Discover and a before-after step for the interactive tutorials in the Learn section. Lightroom for iOS will be soon getting the ability to import edit presets and profiles, Adobe announced.

For the full list of changes in Lightroom for iOS, read Adobe’s support document.

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic (pictured top of post) isn’t going away anytime soon.

In fact, Lightroom Classic has received the most substantial improvements in Adobe’s February 2020 update starting with configurable default develop settings of RAW images within the Preferences → Presets settings, where you can take advantage of the new controls to set Lightroom to use either Camera Settings, Adobe Color or a preset of your choice.

Defaults can be applied universally or customized by camera model and serial number.

The new Camera Settings default ensures your RAW file looks just like the camera preview.

You can now use Large Document Format (.psb) files within Lightroom Classic and enjoy improved GPU-accelerated editing in the app with full hardware acceleration of the Lens Correction and Transform adjustments. Furthermore, Enhance Details can now leverage external GPUs on macOS Catalina for faster processing.

Lightroom Classic now includes secondary display selection for selecting the monitor that you’d like to use as your secondary display.

For many editors using three or more displays, opening a second window will now automatically appear in the designated monitor that may have better resolution, color calibration, etc. for your workflow needs.

Other enhancements in this edition of Lightroom Classic include notifications for Auto-Sync, Photoshop Elements 2020 support, a FAQ link for sync revealed by clicking on the nameplate under the sync status, and a few other perks.

For the full list of changes in Lightroom Classic, read Adobe’s support document.

Get the Lightroom apps for your devices

Download Lightroom for iPad or Lightroom for iPhone and Apple Watch from App Store.

Lightroom for Mac is available free on Mac App Store.

Lightroom Classic, a non-cloud edition of Lightroom, can be downloaded straight from Adobe.