I turned back to ACR 12.2.1 and noticed Bridge doesn't connect to it (actually one time it did and most of times not). So I downgraded Bridge too. One week later I used the Bridge image transfer from SD function and suddenly transfer stopped, the card lost all data (before completing transfer) and it had to be formatted. The sad thing is that it happened again weeks later with another card the same way. Fortunately there is a nice expensive program that recovered the files before I formatted it. Maybe it is a coincidence or maybe this downgrade did something.
I believe they are ceding to lightroom users because (I believe) these are the majority. And they want ACR to be similar to Lightroom. Wouldn't be better to exist two different interfaces? Classic watches didn't vanish because people wanted smart watches, why should we loose our traditional Camera Raw after we get used to it?
I'm curious to what data you have that:
1. Lightroom users are the majority.
2. they (Adobe) are ceding to Lightroom users.
The two products are now visually closer; a good attribute for software users working in both. So no, two different GUIs for two products that share the identical processing paths and controls is not better for many.
thedigitaldog the problem is Adobe making ACR just like LightRoom has made ACR as unusable as LightRoom is to actually edit photos particularly when you have large amounts of photos to edit. Having to edit thousands of photos using ACR12.3 adds an exponential amount of extra time due to all the added clicks scrolls and mousing that is needed. The larger the job the more time is needed 30 60 90 minutes just clicking scrolling and mousing.
As you put it the two products look the same where ACR is now as visually distracting to use as LightRoom with all the scrolling up and down to see the tools. It is completely eye irrating, straining and concetration breaking to the user.
LightRoom users are clueless to all this because they are used to the distracting interface and all the unnecesary mousing clicking and scrolling they perform.
I accept you can't figure out (clueless about) LR but that's you, not everyone.
Roll back a version.
Learn and adapt to the new direction.
Find another product.
Au contraire mon frère thedigitaldog. I am not clueless at all when it comes to LightRoom. I completely understand every thing about LightRoom. The way inwhich LigthRoom handles editing RAW files is completely inferior to ACR12.2.1. Now ACR is just as inferior, less productive and more time consuming to edit RAW files as LightRoom.
What you are suggesting to "Learn and Adapt to the new direction" is really saying learn to accept the inferior UX and adapt to all the extra clicks mousing and scrolling that is needed to get the same thing done.
No, I'm suggesting you learn the new way of things that you by admission, don't understand and suggest is inferior. For example, there IS a mode that eliminate scrolling. If you want to learn how, just ask.
Or don't. Stick with 12.1. Or find another product. Utterly up to you.
What isn't going to happen, is a reversion to the older UI. Adobe has stated this clearly. The rest is up to you.
thedigitaldog where did I make an admission I don't understand? It is not a matter of learning the new way. It isn't even "new" all Adobe has done is turn ACR into LightRoom. As I stated I understand how to use LightRoom. LightRoom has a terrible UI to actually edit RAW files and now ACR has the same terrible UI.
You didn't admit it you just showed it by stating incorrectly a statement about scrolling that is inaccurate.Anyway, the three possible options were presented. Pick one.
Fred, Elmer Fudd (aka Andrew Rodney, aka digitaldog) is not going to back down on this - he's having a lovely time putting people down because he helped as a beta tester to get his self confessed preference (LR) to bury ACR. Whilst he has a wealth of knowledge on the technicalities of Photoshop etc etc he has demonstrated practically no humanity or understanding of the very real issues that people like you and I and others are having with this release. He esteemed experience as a photographer before many of us were born is very different to where many professionals stand now, to which he would sneer and yap like a bitter and angry puppy. When event photography takes off again properly we may we'll hear a lot more responses - as it is 12.3 feels like something the kids knocked up while the grown ups were out.
Aww you got rid of my comments? Diddums.
Anyway, in a nutshell it just pointed out that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
12.3 is flawed as it stands for some "photographers" like me who process 10s of thousands of photos with ACR and don't like LR. Hopefully there will be some changes made soon that will smooth the issues before LegacyACR becomes incompatible.
In another discussion someone from Adobe replied:
We're sorry for all the trouble after the latest update of Camera Raw. Our engineering team currently working on the fix. In the meanwhile, you can revert to the previous version of Camera Raw 12.2.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html#12_x
This week I updated to 12.4 believing it was a reversion. But it is exactly the same as 12.3. Crop tool is extremely difficult to use - far from intuitive - , adjustment brush resets for each photo - although we can spend a lot of time saving presets, wich doesn't make sense - , there is no consistent easy to use zoom tool or even a button for it, huge save buttons mix up with thumbnails besides everything we took a decade to get used are gone because someone thinks we must use a program similar to lightroom.