It’s Skylum’s first Luminar update of 2019 and demonstrates its commitment to free (and frequent) updates. Both the Mac and Windows versions have been improved, so let’s start with what’s new for Windows users.
Update: Luminar 3 review
Skylum Luminar for Windows new features
First, you can now organise your images into sub-folders within the Luminar library, creating real sub-folders on your computer, and you can delete sub-folders too. If you move photos outside of Luminar, they’ll be marked as ‘offline’ and you’ll now be able to use a Locate Folder command to reconnect them. If you change your mind when adding a folder you can cancel the process.
Navigation has been improved with dedicated toolbar buttons for switching between Gallery and Single Image views, and there are new shortcut keys for View, Looks Navigation, Masks, Tools and Edit mode.
Performance has been improved for launch time and importing and the following new language support has been added: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.
Skylum Luminar for Mac new features
Users of the Mac version now get their image catalog database automatically backed up to protect image adjustments and metadata and you can control the frequency of backups via a new Preference panel. This also offers Cache and Catalog settings.
If you use the File > Open In command to send a RAW image to another application, Luminar will now send a high-quality 16-bit file, and Luminar 3.0.2 can now send images direct to Aurora HDR.
As with the Windows version, if you’ve moved files and folders outside of Luminar, you can now select offline folders and reconnect them. You can cancel folder imports if you change your mind, and Mac version supports the same new languages as the Windows version above.
New camera support
Luminar 3.0.2 also adds RAW support for many new cameras:
- Nikon D3500
- Nikon P1000
- Nikon Z6
- Nikon Z7
- Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
- Fujifilm GFX 50R
- Fujifilm X-T3
- Sony RX100VA
- Sony RX100VI
- Sony DSC-HX99
- Sony DSC-HX95
- Leica M10-D
- Leica M10-P
- Leica D-Lux 7
Important bug fixes
As well as sundry enhancements and improvements, Luminar fixes a serious issues in the previous Mac version (we weren’t able to test the Windows version for the same problems), where folders did not update when new images were added outside of Luminar, or even with images exported directly from Luminar. This is not listed amongst the new features, but it’s a relief to see this important issue has been addressed.
There are many more features it would be good to see in Luminar, including Virtual Copies, but this and more is scheduled for release later in 2019 and for now it’s good to see that the new Luminar 3 with Libraries features are now running faster, smoother and more consistently.
More information: Luminar download and offer information