Looking at the Adobe Forums and the social net, it is apparent that many users (not everyone) share my private view of the Lightroom 5 beta. It is very light for a major release, There is quiet an imbalance between what it delivers and the general user needs/expectations.Here is a incomplete list of things different folk (including me) had expected or desired to be included the next upgrade to Lightroom, but alas none have been delivered -
- LAN support, Catalogues on the server
- MultiUser access to shared catalogues
- Face Recognition
- Multi-image merges, HDR, Pano, Photofuse
- Better Publish Services to #social #net #hashtags
- Multi-Catalogue Sync/Exchange
- Custom Brush Shapes
- Non Alphabetical #keywording
- Book –> eBooks (e-Pub)
- Folder Flagging/colour
Version 3 was a dramatic improvement, I think everyone knows that and version 4 has some beautiful improvements in the Development module.. The Map, Book, Slideshow and Web stuff have had less universal appeal and are often not used. I can see the advanced brush healing feature saving a lot of tedium and time, but is that compelling enough for the majority of existing and potential new users? .
On a very cynical level, maybe more frequent, lighter and hopefully a little cheaper updates are just be a way for Adobe to make their Creative Cloud Service a more attractive proposition.