A few months ago, Skylum launched version 1.3.0 of their popular image processing software Luminar, along with the promise to follow it up with a digital asset management (DAM). If you’ve been curious about where that is going, the company has recently released a teaser video of the new Luminar and its image browsing support in action, followed by a blog post a few days later explaining the upcoming updates.
In the September 22 blog post, Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko announced that the company will be launching the new version of Luminar in December, or possibly even earlier. This will come with the Libraries, which we can preview in the teaser video below:
Now, here comes the fun part. According to the announcement, current Luminar users won’t have to buy an upgrade to get the new features. This new version is currently in closed beta testing, and looks like they’re now working with the feedback to finalize it in time for the December launch.
As for the first version of Luminar’s Libraries, Skylum said it will be about three main points; performance, comfort, and a complete user experience. The new version will also allow users to group their photos into albums, rate pictures, and sync edits between hundreds of images. It also promises quick browsing and organizing of images minus the extra wait time, as demonstrated in the speed test in the video above.
Aside from the Libraries feature, the new version is also set to have new AI-powered features, new looks and styles, and new editing tools for portraits, landscapes, aerial, and other photography genres. Skylum says we can expect the first of these updates within the year, and the coming year will see the company frequently rolling out more free updates.
Not yet on Luminar? Fortunately, Skylum has just made it available for new users for just $59, but you’ll have to be quick because it’s a limited time offer. This price will get you the current version of Luminar, a free update to the new version with Libraries, and free updates for the new features made for Luminar 2019.
Visit the Skylum website for more information on Luminar.