Adobe just released the official version of Lightroom 5 worldwide.
lightroom 4 to 5
I love Lightroom 4, I bought it and I use it for 100% of my work.
One of the features I really missed in lightroom 4 has now been added to lightroom 5: a better healing/clone brush.
Before you could just correct spots on your photo and with the limited rounded shape of the brush it was nearly impossibile to correct expression lines on my portrait. Now I tried the lightroom 5 beta and yes, they made it possible, so I’m more than happy about it.
I don’t shoot architecture so I don’t really care the upright feature.
I think the smart preview is a nice feature for who is travelling with a notebook with a limited storage space, not my case.
The radial brush? mmm, I don’t think it’s necessary for what I do.
The number of new features and improvements are not so many and in my opinion this 5.0 could have been a minor update, let’s say a lightroom 4.5 rather than a 5.0
I will buy it, because I really need that healing brush, but I’m not happy to pay 50% of the normal price to upgrade from 4.4 to 5.0 considering the small set of new features involved.