kyteflyer

~@¿@~
Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
So I'm a little disappointed with Skylum. :( Luminar 3, and now Luminar Flex, have been barely out and even though L3 was being promoted as having an extensive roadmap of stuff to come Skylum is now promoting a pre-release order of Luminar 4 which will not be a free upgrade for L3/Flex owners and they've been quietly scrubbing their site of some of the L3 roadmap lists. Considering that the L3 launch was a little rocky with some users still having performance issues and the DAM still not quite up to par with the competitors an L4 product seems a little premature at this point.

I have made a decision not to upgrade anymore, for just this reason. I barely use Luminar at all, anymore, in spite of the $$$ I have spent on it (I've had it since v1, and before that, the Creative Suite which they re doing nothing with, now) VEry disappointed in their behaviour. The DAM as you say is not up to par, and I dont use that at all.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
Version 3.1.3 is being pushed out. Below is the overview from the Windows version, the details are on the Skylum Blog.

In response to some... unhappy... customers & affiliates they've also updated their roadmap to break out what to expect in L3 versus L4.

Lost Edits Album. No more frustration over unsaved changes. With the latest version of Luminar, your hard editing work won't go to waste even if you can't find your edited photos in the folder you expected. If under creative impulses you rename, move, or change a processed image, simply go to the Lost Edits Album in Shortcuts and locate it there.

Fixed crash issues. Our developers have resolved system crashes so you can enjoy an even smoother experience when browsing through the Gallery, editing, and exporting images.

Can't find a catalog? Create a new one or choose an existing one. If you can't find the catalog you're trying to access, don't let it interfere with your workflow. In case the catalog you are looking for has been deleted, choose Create New Catalog and start editing. And if the catalog you'd like to work with has been renamed or moved to another folder, just hit Choose a Different Catalog.

Faster scrolling in Gallery and Stripe. For this update, we focused on performance improvements. This has resulted in faster and smoother Gallery and Stripe scrolling. Spin the mouse wheel and enjoy a seamless scroll.

Added hotkeys. Working with Luminar on your PC has become faster and more convenient. Now you can access the same hotkeys whether you work on Mac or Windows.

New splash screen by Jeffrey Moreau. In the latest version, when you launch Luminar you get to enjoy stunning images by Jeffrey Moreau, an avid Luminar user and the winner of the Luminar Featured Artist contest.
 

Tilman Paulin

All-Pro
Nov 15, 2011
Vancouver B.C.
Tilman
I have made a decision not to upgrade anymore, for just this reason. I barely use Luminar at all, anymore, in spite of the $$$ I have spent on it (I've had it since v1, and before that, the Creative Suite which they re doing nothing with, now) VEry disappointed in their behaviour. The DAM as you say is not up to par, and I dont use that at all.
I've also stopped bothering with Luminar...

I'd rather have a tool that gets the basics right (a good raw conversion with control over color, shadows/highlight recovery, ...) and lets me do targeted tweaks easily - than have a tool that focusses so much on heavy-handed "AI" filters - taking most of the control out of my hands and giving me results to the taste of the programmers...
 

theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
Cheshire, England
Martin Connolly
I’ve recently installed the Luminar 3.2 update. I had to create a new catalog, as it decided to create a new copy of each photo every time I opened the program (in the catalog, that is, the photos themselves stayed singular). Once that was fixed, I’m quite impressed with the speed of the software, and it hasn’t crashed yet, which is a big improvement.
Buoyed by this success, I downloaded a trial copy of Luminar 4. I don’t like the new simplified interface (I like the workspaces/filters system in L3). But the AI sky replacement is gobsmackingly good. Here’s an original photo:

I took that into Luminar 4, applied a “bleached drama” look or some such thing, chose one of the dramatic sky variants and increased the “relight scene” slider to about 50.

You may or may not like the overall look, but the way the new sky has been added in is pretty cool. Of course, you need a good variety of skies or all photos will look the same, but my scepticism about the software has definitely softened quite a way.
 

mnhoj

gee aahrr
Jan 27, 2012
Los Angeles
John
I like the look Martin. It completes the transformation.

I liked L2018 and was ecstatic when they announced a free upgrade to L3. I had the idea that it could be an all in one solution for me.
Needless to say I reverted back to 2018 and for the most part gave up on Luminar.
I recently saw a video about the sky replacement and decided to try it as well.
I too have a softened skepticism.
 

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