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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.2

By Anthony Thurston on September 17th 2013

Adobe released their lightroom 5.2 update today. The new 5.2 update adds a few minor new features and of course includes a boat load of bug fixes based on the reports people have been filing with Adobe since Lightroom 5/5.1 were released.

You can download the update for your lightroom here (Win | Mac). If you are interested in learning more about LR 5.2 and what has changed keep reading for a breakdown on the new features and bug fixes.


lightroom 5.2 New Features

As was mentioned above, lightroom 5.2 is not just bug fixes, there are several new features that you will want to know about.

  • A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
    • New Feather control
    • Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
    • Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
  • Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
  • Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
    • Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
    • Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment

lightroom 5.2 New Cameras and Tethered Support

In addition to the above features the following cameras are now supported in lightroom 5.2.

The following cameras are now supported with tethered capture mode in lightroom 5.2.

lightroom 5.2 Bug Fixes

In addition to the cameras and new features listed above lightroom 5.2 also comes with the following bug fixes to help things run more smoothly on all systems.

  • Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
  • Slideshow Exporting process fails for time-lapse sequences.
  • Unable to export a Book.  This only occurred after a customer deleted a background photo.
  • Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.
  • JPEG decoding produced a red colorcast.
  • Unable to scroll through photos when in Full screen mode.  This only occurs when more than 1 photo is selected.
  • “Store presets with this catalog” preference is not preserved when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
  • Crash when scrubbing Size slider with existing spot selected.
  • Landscape crop not maintained on portrait oriented photos
  • Pressing the Reset button while holding the Shift key results in an internal error.
  • Crash when attempting to move brush spots.
  • Gray area is shown when zooming in/out after cropping image.
  • A row of vertical artifacts appears along bottom edge of photo when applying Grain.
  • Defringe Color Sampler is inaccurate on photos that have Upright applied.
  • All of the images on a Compact Flash card did not appear in the Import Dialogue.
  • Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
  • Soundtrack does not fade at the end of a slideshow.
  • The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
  • Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.

What new features stand out to you, what bug fixes have you been waiting for? Let us know in a comment below. 

[via Adobe]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kevin

    These comments are pretty consistent that LR5 is just a little too buggy for me to upgrade.

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  2. M. Saville

    I’m sorry, Adobe, but this reads like a list of bugs that should have been eliminated in an original Alpha / Beta version, before 5.0 was even released. Epic fail…

    Dear LR engineers: your software is already the champion of the industry, and Apple Aperture etc. all don’t even come close to the production speed that Lightroom offers. So quit it with the half-baked releases, and start workin on the things we need- sheer, incredible blazing speed and reliability.

    (Actual Image quality is an entirely different discussion, and we can talk about the functionality and image quality of Aperture, Caputre One, etc. etc all day long, but the bottom line is that for blazing fast workflows, Lightroom is king and has been since ~LR3 or so. Bottom line – Adobe can work on image quality upgrades all they want, but NEVER at the expense of speed or stability.

    =Matthew Saville=

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  3. Cory

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wish Adobe would send out software updates through Creative Cloud faster. If 5.2 is available to purchase, it should be made available through Creative Cloud at the same time. Unless something is wrong, I’m not getting an update notification for it.

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  4. shamb

    Allow smart preview stand-ins even when the originals are not disconnected. Performance boost for laptops, Surface and the like.

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  5. Aaron

    I’d love to see before and after mode “” available while in full screen mode “F”…. Also for LR5 to allow for histogram to show the original histogram when before mode is on. “” key.

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  6. imikebtw
    across all version of LR -> not fix yet.. that’s..unbelievable how many people still has this problem.

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