Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 free update brings important improvements and bug fixes

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.

Read the Luminar 3.0 with Libraries review

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.

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Price: £64
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5 thoughts on “Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 free update brings important improvements and bug fixes

  1. Rod, much as I appreciated these improvements – and anything similar done by the developers of all of these post processing software programs – a lot of this does little to improve our actual photographs. It is more about file management.
    I was recently startled, looking at a different program, by their introduction of a grad filter. Yeah – good – I like that. Trouble is, the damn thing is almost impossible to position, where you want it- tried and tried, and it flew all over the image, but I couldn’t get it to land where I wanted, so I could actually USE it to cut the level of shadow in one part of the image. Gave up in disgust in the end.
    Conversely, some of this new stuff is leaving the more established names in the dust. Doing things you cannot do in “older” programs that are simply being patched by updates, instead of revised thoroughly.
    While it’s an expensive hobby, doing this, I was inspired to start trying different programs a year or so back, and I find it fascinating. I do have favourites now – and I’m amazed by some of the things out there.
    But there’s not one single program – not one single supplier – that does it all. Invariably, now, if you want to do post processing properly, you’re forced to run your stuff through a number of programs to get there.
    Which means one of the basics for any program must be a straightforward & easy way to get your shot into a program, and to ship it on to the next one, or to save it to a folder or whatever. And once again, regrettably, that is sometimes the hardest part of the journey – getting into or out of the program you want to use.

  2. I purchased Luminar 2018 and downloaded the free Luminar 3.02 upgrade, I installed it but it is asking me for an activation code. I followed the down load installation opened it up, and got as far as adding a folder and downloading all my photos. But when I try to process one almost all the tools etc are greyed out. and I am asked for my activation code.
    Lost track of the code.
    Do I have to delete luminar 2018 to use 3.0.2

    1. You should be able to simply download the upgrade, and it should run on the basis of the activation code already installed in your Luminar 2018. If your running of the upgrade download has somehow deleted the previous version, then you should be able to obtain the activation code from Luminar, by furnishing details of your identity (eg you email address) which opens your personal file on their system. You ought to be able to log onto Luminar (even if you’ve lost that password too – they’ll do the usual email to you, enabling you to reset your password), and from there you can chat to them about the lost activation code.
      This stuff happens all the time, all over the internet!

      1. Thanks Jean Pierre,
        I did not know that my activation code for 2018 would actvate 3.0.2. I am now exploring the app.


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