Meet the New Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is a brand-new application that doesn’t exactly replace yesterday’s Lightroom (which is now Lightroom Classic), but could in the future.

Today, Adobe is releasing a brand-new Lightroom application, called Lightroom CC—which was the name of the old Lightroom. This one, however, has been written from scratch, and is designed as a cloud-centric hub for Lightroom on all your devices and the Web.

The application formerly known as Lightroom CC is now Lightroom Classic CC, which boasts better performance (yay!) and a few new features. It’s geared toward the advanced Lightroom photographer who needs all the bells and whistles that yesterday’s Lightroom contained.

I’ve written a “what the heck does it all mean” article over at DPReview that covers what’s new, what’s different, and how much it will cost. Read it here: Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application ‘Lightroom Classic’.

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This is a big shift. I’ve been using the new Lightroom CC for over a year as it has progressed from a little technology preview called Nimbus (demo’d in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it slot at last year’s Adobe MAX event) to the polished 1.0 application we see today. It’s great, and the performance is stellar, but it does require that existing Lightroom users put some thought into how they’ll use it.

Go read the article. I suspect this move might confuse a lot of people—no, Lightroom Classic isn’t going away; yes, Lightroom CC is probably going to be the sibling that gets the most attention.

I’m also in the middle of writing a new book about it for Take Control Publishing, most likely titled “Take Control of Lightroom CC (2017)” that I hope to finish soon. I can’t wait for it to be ready to be in your hands (but that requires that I finish writing it first).

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