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P: Support cataloging PNG files in Lightroom

LEGEND ,
Jul 10, 2011 Jul 10, 2011

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Lightroom should support png and psd files - Adobe's own file type creations - I find this inexcusable. Many of us serious photographers that have lived through all the permutations and advancement of Photoshop with tens of thousands of files only to find that they are not supported by the latest otherwise beautiful Catalog program: Lightshop

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Adobe Employee , Jul 10, 2011 Jul 10, 2011
Hi Ken, As Lee Jay points out, PSD is a supported file format as long as files are saved with "Maximum Compatibility" option on. There's already a topic for Lightroom: support for un-maximized PSDs. Right or wrong, this was a conscious decision by the Lightroom team to require PSDs be saved with the "Maximum Compatibility" option. You can see the arguments for and against this in the topic and add your vote there.

We should probably make this topic a request for cataloging support for PNG files...

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2013 Feb 22, 2013

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Lightroom is intrinsically multiuser, because its catalog and settings are stored in the user's profile.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2013 Feb 22, 2013

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Rob Cole says:
"excluding support for importing png: they don't come from cameras"

No, but there's loads and loads of software out there that generated PNG for one or the other reason. Lightroom doesn't neccesarily have to import directly from a camera - it's perfectly reasonable to import photos from another source.

In fact, photos may even come from an external source. A partner or customer may be providing pictures in PNG format, because of its obvious advantages. It's very unprofessional to simply state "I cannot work with your files, try again". Any self-respecting imaging program, ANY one of them, must be able to handle the two utmost basic formats: JPEG and PNG. Anything else is a bonus. For Lightroom, RAW would be essential as well.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2013 Feb 22, 2013

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No argument. In fact, I don't remember saying that (either it was a long time ago or I'm getting senile ;-}. But, I was probably trying to explain Adobe's rationale, rather than argue a case. I'm all for implementing png support in Lightroom, and I have my name on the list of votes to prove it :-).

Rob

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LEGEND ,
Mar 31, 2013 Mar 31, 2013

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+1 for the PNG support. Because it's used in iPhone screen captures AND is a powerful format with a lot of possibilities.

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Enthusiast ,
Apr 15, 2013 Apr 15, 2013

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This feature is now available in the Public Beta: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/li...

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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Wonder why Adobe argued against this for such a long time. Trying to avoid the obvious? Thanks it will finally arrive with Lightroom 5. Only took 7 years.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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I think we should all give Adobe a big "virtual" hug for the png support (regardless of how long it took...). - thank you Adobe.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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Yes, thank you to Adobe for listening to us and a nice pat on the back to all who participated to this feature request and contributed their arguments.

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Participant ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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yea and double yea!

now where is that list of other features......... 8^}

mgg

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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Ditto. (And I'm truly glad that fewer people will feel a need for my plugin!)

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013

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Good. Now all we need to do is give Adobe our money for another upgrade. Because it *would* be the day when Adobe makes a "major" update free to existing users.

Anyway, good to know Adobe FINALLY managed to listen to their users. I hope they continue to do this and other requested features take less lengthy discussions and billions of pros versus cons to make them realize the bleeding obvious.

Thanks not-Adobe 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Nov 07, 2013 Nov 07, 2013

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Now how about GIF?

They can animate, which Lightroom technically supports in the form of video...

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