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

Performance reach up to 80% compared to Intel Mac versions.

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While everybody is busy with the recent WWDC online event, Adobe today shipped new versions of 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 that you can expect average performance boosts of up to 80% when compared to an equivalent Intel-based Mac.

Adobe has already released an M1-native version of Photoshop back in March, while Lightroom has been updated last December.

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We still prefer the robustness of Lightroom Classic and we have tried the newly released updated and we can say that it matches our expectation in terms of speed and reliability. Launching the app took 2.1x faster on our M1 MacBook Pro compared to our intel based MacBook Pro. Importing and exporting is 2.7x faster in our internal test.

Other Lightroom updates includes “Super Resolution” image-enhancing feature and the ability to specify custom aspect ratios when cropping. There are more than 70 premium presets added that Adobe says were created by pro photographers. These presets are available for both the desktop version and the mobile version found in iPhone and iPads.

Stay tuned for our in-depth guide on Lightroom and other Adobe Creative Cloud software.

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