Something amazing just happened…

Something amazing has just happened. A company listened to its clients. Amazing.

The company in this case is Adobe and the listening came via news from Tom Hogarty’s blog on Adobe.com that Adobe is back-tracking on its new Import Dialog box changes and will revert back to the older, tried and true (if confusing for new users) Import dialog box.Old_Import_Versus_New_Import_Dialog_Box

If you haven’t been following the furor that erupted on the Internet when Adobe released this surprise change in their Lightroom 2015.2 release of Lightroom 6/CC, it can be summarized as hurt and angry.  Many photographers were surprised that Adobe introduced a new version of Lightroom that actually took away features (Adobe says it was done after testing with new users who felt the “old” way of importing was very confusing, which it is) that they’d come to rely on.  The new import routine coupled with introduced bugs that made the program more unstable, set off a firestorm of ranting and raving.

The "old" Import Dialog with its myriad of confusing options that worked great

The “old” Import Dialog with its myriad of confusing options that worked great

Hundreds vented their feelings on Adobe’s site.  In response, Adobe rushed out a release to fix the bugs causing the stability issues (although still defending the new Import Dialog routine).  However on Friday they seem to have finally relented and announced that the next update to Lightroom will bring back the old Import dialog box.

"New" Import - First Screen Presented to User

“New” Import – First Screen Presented to User

 

Second "New" Import Screen Presented - Note lack of options

Second “New” Import Screen Presented – Note lack of options – Those greyed out thumbnails? Those would be imported.  Not well designed IMHO.

 

"New" Import Dialog showing some of the options available but many are missing from the "Old" method

“New” Import Dialog showing some of the options available but many are missing from the “Old” method

As someone who teaches hundreds of photographers each year to use Lightroom, there is no doubt that the “old” Import dialog box is not user friendly.  It is very powerful, but not very user friendly.  My wish would be for an option that retains the old way of doing things (just because people hate change and love to grump about things) and introduce (as an option) a new Import dialog box that retains all the features of the old one but finds a way to present things in a more intuitive manner.

If you already updated and you hate the new Import routine, what can you do?  Downgrade as per the instructions in Tom Hogarty’s blog.  Otherwise, just be patient and Adobe will deliver an updated version that exercises (at least for now) this new Import routine.

Almost lost in all this furor are the fantastic abilities introduced for tools like the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter and Radial Filter that now have the Dehaze Slider for localized reduction/addition of haze in your images.  To see this in action, check out our video blog post on the subject.

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