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In the latest updates from Adobe, Lightroom CC 2015.4  and v6.4 for those on standalone versions, official support for Leica X-U (Typ 113) and Leica M (Typ 262) DNG files have been added. Photoshop Camera Raw 9.4 is also available for update as well, offering the same support for those using Photoshop and Bridge. This is a timely release as the first X-U cameras are now being shipped to customers.Along with the camera support updates, there are some other improvements as well, including:

  • The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
  • A preference was added to the Mac to prevent accidental “speed swiping”
  • Metadata is added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Customers can now set the location of where photos are stored when downloaded from Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web in the preference panel or contextually in the folder panel
  • Thumbnails update much quicker when copying and pasting settings in the grid view
  • Images load faster in the Library module when you are zoomed in and navigating images

There is also a noteworthy new featured, called Boundary Warp, that has been introduced in this release. Adobe explains it this way:

Stitched panoramas often have non-rectangular boundaries. There are several ways to handle irregular boundaries. The most common approach is to apply a rectangular crop. This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary. This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred(non-raw) format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame.  Here’s a visual example of the feature:

Boundary Warp feature in action

Boundary Warp feature in action

And, of course, there are some bug fixes as well:

  • Auto Sync of some settings failed when using smart previews
  • Lightroom would ignore model-specific custom default settings for some cameras, including some Leica and Sony models.
  • Crop resets to image bounds when adjusting rotation via slider
  • In Lights Out mode, an image would “disappear” if a customer uses the Undo functionality
  • Soft Proofing RGB readout values differed for same file between 5.7.1 and 6.x
  • Import from iPhoto would result in all photos receiving a “pick” flag
  • Comments from Lightroom web come in to Lightroom on the desktop as already “read.”
  • Lightroom would not display the correct EXIF metadata for some video files generated by Canon, Fuji and Panasonic cameras
  • Vertical panoramas created using Merge could appear with the wrong orientation
  • The video cache did not respect the maximum size specified in the preferences
  • Customers experienced issues importing video files in some scenarios

Upgrades are available immediately at or by upgrading in the Creative Cloud app on your computer.


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