Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 available

Two weeks ago, Adobe released the third maintenance update to Lightroom, a 50 MB download upgrading the software from version 1.2 to 1.3. It appears to be mainly a bug fix, plus support for new cameras (e.g. the brand new Canon 1ds mark III).

Installing this upgrade “over” the existing installation of 1.2 was OK for me, and without the ugly language mess-up I encountered when updating from 1.1 to 1.2.

The most obvious change in version 1.3 is the new “export” dialogue window. Until version 1.2, this was a compact no-frills window with all the important information visible at one glance; now it is a “fancy” but somewhat cluttered window. Especially annoying is the new scrollbar on the right side of the dialogue window. Also, the programmers at Adobe did not consider an improved settings for multiple export sizes to increase performace for those of us who require multiple sizes of the same photo. Yawn.

When I come around, I’ll take a look at the other bugs (some of them being present since version 1.0). But I do not expect them to be fixed, or rather: I do not care that much about Lightroom and especially Lightroom bug fixes any longer. Some users report that they found additional bugs, i.e. newly introduced with version 1.3.

I really do not like that Adobe expects us users to jump through so many hoops to get tasks efficiently done. Not to speak of having to update a software every other month only to find important bugs to be still not fixed.

Did I mention that I am really looking at Apple’s Aperture now?

P.S.: I just found out that with this update Adobe finally managed to fix the very annoying bug that prevented easy navigation between text entry fields in Develop mode. Hoorah! I just do not understand why it took them about 6 months and three maintenance releases to get to that bug? Then again, I am glad that they did it. :-)

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