Apple silicon Macs now run more Adobe Creative Cloud apps natively, as Adobe releases new versions of them.
Adobe says the M1 processor will enhance the performance of Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, and InDesign by 80 percent compared with an Intel-based Mac.
M1-native versions of Photoshop and Lightroom were released by Adobe in March and December, respectively. While many photographers (like me) prefer Lightroom Classic, Adobe continues to provide it separately within the Creative Cloud suite, so it’s nice to see that it has been upgraded to match the newer version.
An independent benchmarking report commissioned by Adobe indicates that most Lightroom Classic operations, including launching, importing, and exporting, will run twice as fast on an M1 Mac as on an Intel Mac.
Moreover, there is a new way to improve images that is “three times faster,” which is also added in this update. Using 13-inch MacBook Pros with an Intel Core i5 and an M1 processor, we tested benchmarks. There were two Apple Pro Displays connected each to a laptop with 16GB of RAM.
As part of this update, users will be able to specify custom aspect ratios (rather than using the freehand tool) in addition to a new set of presets from professional photographers.
The collection includes presets tailored to fit various skin tones and styles like “cinematic” and “futuristic.” We will offer them in Lightroom and Lightroom Classic on each platform.