Recently I posted about Luminar 3. While I have’t been using it any more than Lightroom. I see that there is a more in-depth writeup on over at Petapixel. My favourite feature so far however, is that once a folder of images is added the program monitors it and shows any updates or changes immediately.
I am excited to announce that I have been able to upgrade my copy of Luminar, to version 3.0. This version has libraries. Roughly 80 to 90 percent of my digital work is spent looking at and sorting though my library or Catalogue as Adobe calls it. This means that maybe I may soon be able to stop relying on Adobe in particular with my use of Lightroom. As I have only had my copy since late Sunday I have not had as much time as I’d like to play around with it. So far on my 2011 model iMac with a SSD hard drive and 16 gig of ram it performs adequately. The long part of the process will be importing the 200k plus image I have stored on an external drive. A job that will take days initially but once completed worth the effort.
I fortunately found this online quick-start tutorial and it has helped me jump hough a couple of simple hoops and helped me decide how to move forward with this application. I’m sure there will be features added over time. I would prefer to see more metadata, per file and a way to quickly sort based on this metadata. The preferences pane seems very light on at the moment too. But really any program that can position itself to compete with the behemoth that is Adobe is worthy of an investment in cash and time.
MacPhun software are making the release date for the Library Managed aspect of Luminar in December. More here
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