I Just Saw the Next Version of Lightroom, and…


…..it’s going to make a lot of people very happy! (Myself included).

So here’s the scoop: one of my meetings during my trip this week to Adobe’s Headquarters was with the Lightroom team where they’re showed me where Lightroom is going in the future. I’m under a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Adobe, so I can’t reveal any specific features, or when Adobe plans to release it, or anything like that, but I can tell you this; I was very impressed (OK, a bit giddy was more like it).

As Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty mentioned in his blog post on Monday, to get all the things included on my 2.0 wishlist (now known as “our mutual wishlist” because your ideas are more important than mine) would take literally years (and after meeting with them, I have a much better understanding of why). In the coming weeks I’m going to work to find a way to connect you with the Lightroom team, and the brilliant engineers behind the product, and once you get a peek into their world, you’ll realize these things:

  1. They are listening to their customers at a level that would surprise you
  2. They want the exact same things you want
  3. They want them as soon as we do (maybe sooner)
  4. They’re thinking of the future of the product, and how it scales upward, in a way none of us ever have to consider. We’re lucky we don’t have to even think about that stuff.

It’s always enlightening, and motivating to spend time with the development team, and I’m sharing this with you to let you know that Adobe could not be more engaged, concerned, or dedicated to making Lightroom kick @#$ than they are. This is SUCH an exciting time to be a photographer, and it’s getting better all the time! :-)

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