Adobe launches M1 Mac-native versions of Lightroom Classic and more

Performance should be about twice as fast as similar Intel Macs

Adobe is now shipping new versions of more Creative Cloud apps that run natively on Apple Silicon Macs. Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, and InDesign have all been updated for the M1 processor, and Adobe says you can expect an up to 80 percent increase in average performance across the suite compared to equivalent Intel-based Macs.

Adobe released the M1-native version of Photoshop in March, while an update for Lightroom arrived in December. Many photographers (like me) still prefer to use Lightroom Classic, however, Adobe maintains it as a separate app within the Creative Cloud suite, so it’s good to see it tweak the performance to match the new version. gets promoted.

Based on the results of a third-party benchmarking report commissioned by the company, Adobe says that “most operations in Lightroom Classic on the M1 Mac”, including launching, importing and exporting, will be “nearly twice as fast” as they were on a . Equivalent Intel Mac. The update also added a new Super Resolution image-enhancing feature, which meanwhile is “more than three times as sharp”. The benchmarks were run on a 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop, one with an M1 processor and the other with an Intel Core i5. Both laptops had 16GB of RAM and were paired with the Apple Pro Display XDR.

Other Lightroom updates include the ability to specify custom aspect ratios when cropping (as opposed to using the freehand tool) and a set of new premium presets created by pro photographers. The collection includes portrait presets for different skin tones, along with options for styles like “cinematic” and “futuristic.” They will be available in both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic across all platforms.

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