Any plans to upgrade smart preview resolution?

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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Smartpreviews have been around for a while now. Camera sensors got larger, as did storage space. Are there any plans  that Adobe might increase the size of smart previews to better fit todays standards?

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LEGEND ,
Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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We're not Adobe in this forum, we are other Lightroom Classic users, who don't know Adobe's plans.

 

The people who do know are not permitted to speak publicly on this matter.

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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That is a very good question.

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of a smaller, easily transferable Smart Preview that is used on smartphones and tablets.

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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@Bob Somrak wrote:

Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of a smaller, easily transferable Smart Preview that is used on smartphones and tablets.



Agreed. Adobe uses smart previews extensively for mobile solutions, so I think it's unlikely they will increase the resolution.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Mar 05, 2022 Mar 05, 2022

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My phones can handle the full 45MP CR3s of a Canon R5, they can handle a few more pixels for a smart preview.

Currently there are 2500 pixels on the longest side, about 5 megapixels. I think an upgrade to 4K standards at 8 megapixels should be reasonable as people use their TVs to show photos from mobile devices.

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Mar 05, 2022 Mar 05, 2022

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We're not saying it cannot be done. We are just saying that we believe it is unlikely that Adobe will do it. You are free to believe something else.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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No because you could easily add 500-1000 pixels to their size and they still would be small and easy, todays devices are more powerfull.

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Mar 05, 2022 Mar 05, 2022

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I would be extremely surprised if Adobe would increase the resolution of smart previews. Don't see them doing that in a million years. It's a good idea but I would just be stunned if they did. You can easily make smart preview like files by exporting to any resolution dng and using lossy compression in the export and they are nice files. I think fundamentally Adobe believes 2560 pixel files are good enough for any mobile purpose which is probably warrented as no devices really have higher resolution screens and it saves them bandwidth and cloud storage (adobe doesn't count smart previews to your cloud storage limit!) and therefore lots of money to not go bigger. That said, exporting to full resolution dng and using lossy compression is a great way to exchange very high quality files (they still are good for 99% of images). Those could be nice for this purpose but again I don't see Adobe doing anything like this.

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