Lightroom 1.1 is Here!

by James Duncan Davidson

It's Christmas in Summer. The iPhone arrives in just a few days, along with Pixar's new film, Ratatouille. The new Canon 1D Mark III is slowly starting to ship out to people and I was lucky enough to get mine late last week. And then, to top it all off, the 1.1 release of Lightroom is now available. There is a long laundry list of things that are new or fixed in Lightroom 1.1, and you can read up all about them in the Lightroom 1.1 Read Me PDF. All of the changes, however, are in the details. From a wide view, Lightroom looks and acts much as before.



Trevor Weimer
2007-06-26 22:24:33
Awesome! The only thing that can top this release is Leopard :)
2007-06-26 22:44:08
Happy, happy joy joy!
2007-06-27 07:57:54
Unless I'm missing something in the changelog there still isn't a way to export images to web-based services like Flickr or SmugMug. I'm hoping I just missed it somewhere because.
Ryan Dlugosz
2007-06-27 08:35:39
James - I haven't played much with the new features yet, but I did post some notes on what to expect of the upgrade process when you're converting libraries of any significant size. Not sure if you've seen similar results.

Lightroom 1.1 library conversion process

2007-06-27 08:51:01
i'm a photographer, but i have yet to see a need for special purpose software like lightroom or aperture. what's the craze? the histograms are slick for toning (though i don't remember it working like true "levels"), but if i want to make repairs or do any more than simple manipulation, i've got to crank up pshop anyway. also, all my work is scanned from film, so no metadata.
Eric Appel
2007-06-27 09:47:52
1.1 looks fantastic. Out of curiosity, what lens did you use for the Boogie photo?
Duncan Davidson
2007-06-27 09:53:18
Les: Nope, there's no direct export to places like Flickr or Smugmug. This is one area where Aperture shines in comparison, thanks to their Export API.

Ryan: Nice notes on the upgrade process. Thanks for providing a link. After writing this, I converted my main Lightroom library and it took quite a while as well, even on a Quad CPU Mac Pro. I ended up leaving it alone for a while and doing something else on my laptop.

Karmaduck: If you're still shooting film, you're probably doing all of your organization with lighttables and just scanning your best work in for Photoshop. Even in this case, tools like Lightroom and Aperture can help you, and I personally wouldn't work with scans without a DAM tool. But, these tools shine when you do digital photography. There's no way I could do my job with the 25k images I've taken this year without Lightroom or Aperture to help me. And it turns out that for most of my work, I can do all of the manipulation that I care to in LIghtroom or Aperture. I'm just a simple levels, spot, contrast, sharpen kind of guy on that front.

Duncan Davidson
2007-06-27 10:07:11
Eric: The lens used is the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8.
Mario Dees
2007-06-27 11:31:03
There seems to also be an undocumented feature borrowed from Aperture, sluggishness - ever since I upgraded Lightroom to 1.1 it runs about as slow as Aperture which I originally traded in to get rid of spinning color wheel, well now I got it back.

Also my first update attempt failed, after the length conversion process Aperture failed with an error message that it can't change display modes, after that it hung and left a corrupted database behind. I am glad it created a backup of the original and the second attempt went fine.

Also I still wish I would have gotten the ability to apply identity plates to exported files instead of the ugly copyright watermark. Everything else looks promising!

2007-06-27 11:55:35
thanks duncan. true, it's a great way to manage large libraries. i'll be seeing more of it when my digital splurge happens.
2007-06-27 12:23:17
On the issue of exporting to flickr, while the capability isn't built-in, it's drop-dead easy to add by making an export preset that sends files to the flickr uploader.
2007-06-27 13:19:23
I tried on my iMac G5 2.0Ghz and it is slower than 1.0
The reason I moved to Lightroom from Aperture was its speed in 1.0. I was disappointed.
Duncan Davidson
2007-06-27 14:47:10
Alan: Indeed. I need to still try that, but I haven't had a big problem in getting images to Flickr. A plug in like Connected Flow's plugin for Aperture, however, would be nice.

JB: Try restarting Lightroom and see if your speed is still slow. Whenever I've had a slowdown in Lightroom, a restart usually takes care of things.

2007-06-27 15:07:48
Guys, I've some 85000+ photos. I've used the Lightroom betas, but it never quite seemed to work with this size library. What do you do with libraries of this size? Is 1.1 better for this?
2007-06-27 19:26:30
Thanks for the tip. I'll try more tonight. One thing to note here is that it (LR1.1) is still faster than Aperture on my machine.
Duncan Davidson
2007-06-27 21:43:52
Right now, I've got around 20,000 images in my Lightroom library, which is my work from this year. When the library was on a FW 400 drive and the drive was 90% full, it was fairly sluggish in Lightroom 1.0. But, it's really easy to blame the disc access for that. I've since moved the main library over to an internal drive in a desktop machine and things are much smoother, even with the primary images out on the FW 400 drive still.

LR 1.1 feels snappier as well, though I haven't really quantified it yet. At some point, I'll try to load it down and see where it bogs.

Also, when it comes to slow catalogs, I've been reading over on the Adobe forums and apparently some people have had luck in speeding up their Lightroom databases by exporting out to a new catalog. YMMV.

2007-06-28 07:55:33
My initial thoughts on LR 1.1 are that it is a LOT quicker displaying images and finding them in the library.

One problem I have found is that when I export the files as a jpeg after developing - the colours do not look the same as in lightroom! They tend to look a bit dull - has anyone else noticed this?

Attie Heunis
2007-06-29 00:40:07
The performance improvements to me is the best thing about 1.1. Well done Adobe!