Lightroom 2.2 is Available

Howdy folks. Just thought I’d give you a friendly reminder that Lightroom 2.2 is available. You can read all about it here at Tom Hogarty’s blog (the Lightroom 2 product manager) but I figured I’d cut straight to the chase and tell you, at least from my point of view, the juicy stuff. For starters, YES, Adobe has improved performance of the Adjustment Brush. Although my personal issues with it were sporadic and hard to reproduce, my early indications are that I’m definitely seeing better performance there. There’s a few other fixes included but, to me, the major one is that the camera profiles are now prime time and included in the Camera Calibration panel by default. This is huge! There’s a lot of people that are still hesitant of beta software and wouldn’t download them from the Adobe Labs website (plus, they were buried there anyway). I think they’ll become a lot more useful now that they’re included in the software by default.

Here’s the link to download 2.2 for Mac

Here’s the link to download 2.2 for PC.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Thanks!



  1. mark hansen 21 January, 2009 at 23:45 Reply

    just to add…I also had to back off of LR2.2 to 2.1. Didn’t notice much improvement in speed. Stability was degraded, couldn’t go more than a couple of hours without a freeze. The main item was exporting raws. Could not get thru more than 100 without a lockup. Tryed 3 times.

    Being a wedding shooter and processing several hundred at a time, this took down.

  2. Indigo Rose 8 January, 2009 at 17:15 Reply

    Constand cashing… I’m just filling up my memorycards at the moment, instead of downloading the pictures to my comp, as lr works so damn bad 🙂

  3. no to 2.2 28 December, 2008 at 00:34 Reply

    2.2 constantly crashed for minimal speeed gain. I’ll take the stable one anytime. Uninstalled 2.2 and welcomed back 2.1

  4. AJM 21 December, 2008 at 12:59 Reply

    Installed LR2.2 on a XP-2gb ram. LR1 to 2.1 was one of the most stable and productive system I had to date. Now I have constant crashes. Memory use grows from .4 to about 1gb with and very slow in rendering for the second monitor. Is this something to do with the original authors moving to another company?

  5. Armand 20 December, 2008 at 19:35 Reply

    I installed LR 2.2 on my vista 64. I have cs3. In LR I try to edit on Photoshop and when done i hot save. Then PS writes the new file to disk. This is happening with JPEG. Any clues…?

  6. Jane Sweeney 19 December, 2008 at 08:56 Reply

    Very dissapointed to see that adobe have not fixed a bug that drives me mad – which is:
    if you export to a 16 bit tiff and then run an action in photoshop to save a folder of files to jpeg any photo you have developed that you used the adjustment brush on will stop the action, you then have to take that photo out of the folder and repeat the action – if their is another such photo in the folder you have to repeat the process again –
    this has wasted me so much time
    really hope they fix this soon!

  7. Bill Webb 18 December, 2008 at 17:56 Reply

    Matt, thanks for everything. Here’s an FYI – please pass on to Adobe as appropriate.

    LR 2.2 Problem

    Just updated to LR 2.2 this afternoon and was at first pleased with the brush improvement – until I turned on automask. LR 2.2 has locked up twice (both times I’ve tried to use it this p.m.) Required shutting down LR (losing edits) and relaunching. One other time LR 2.2 crashed and shut down.

    I rebooted my PC after the upgrade and restarted again after the first lockup.

    It is again locked up with the hourglass and I will again lose my edits which is no big deal in this particular instance but obviously can’t go on doing this.

    Platform: Dell XPS 630, XP Pro, Quad processors, 4 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 8800 GT.

    Thanks again,

  8. jax 18 December, 2008 at 15:57 Reply

    Just installed version 2.2 and al works like a charm! I’m using vista 32bit and have no memory leaks or issues whatsoever. But I can imagine that running Lightroom on a 1 gb vista system may become problematic. Especially the brush is *very* memory hungry, but that’s fine with me as long as the lag is gone. And it is.

    Well done Adobe!

  9. Craig Holmes 18 December, 2008 at 14:44 Reply

    Upgraded yesterday – pretty much straight away hit problems. Graduated filter is much slower than previously, also in Develop Module I keep getting a message saying ‘an unknown error occurred’ whenever I click on a thumbnail. Great…another failed upgrade from Adobe.

  10. Jim 17 December, 2008 at 23:26 Reply

    Installed 2.2 this morning into 2.1 on Intel Mac with OS x 10.5.5 and have used all day. Importing from 40d,50d, and 5d MarkII and exporting, developing and printing. Presets work very well! Be sure you are looking at a raw picture to see presets! CS 4 upgraded to 5.2 as well. I think I will wait to install OS X 10.5.6 for a week or so. I normally do wait 7-10 days before installing major updates——-a hold over from being burnt with Microsoft updates i guess.

  11. Jon 17 December, 2008 at 23:00 Reply

    I got the same error message as Ana after upgrading to 2.2, “An error occurred when attempting to change modules” when it starts up and when I try to change to the Library module. I tried reinstalling and removing preferences and still no go. I ended up going back to 2.1.

    I have an intel imac with OS X 10.5.6.

  12. Nath 17 December, 2008 at 22:11 Reply

    I installed 2.2 yesterday and did not have a chance to look at it until today. Now I found that all my folders are missing. How can I get my folders back?

  13. Jan 17 December, 2008 at 21:54 Reply

    Rain into the same memory leak exporting some images. Lots of discussion of the topic over on Adobe’s support forum. Unless there’s a hot fix may have to downgrade to 2.1 again.

  14. Jonalee 17 December, 2008 at 18:44 Reply

    I am having the same problems as DaveP – I downloaded 2.2 yesterday and I can’t tell you how many times I’m getting blank screen – specifically when I zoom, and also how many times it’s crashed or locked up the computer. I am no techie so I feel pretty lost on how to fix this – I’m gathering it’s a memory issue?

  15. soulreaper 17 December, 2008 at 17:34 Reply

    @ DaveP

    good/sad to hear that i am not the only one with the memory filling up problem. i have tried to export some 200 images but only 30 succeeded.

    Vista with SP1 here.

  16. Peter 17 December, 2008 at 15:54 Reply

    When using the AB, Lightroom was slow with 2.1 but now with 2.2 the image disappears and the program even crashes.
    Windows SP3

  17. DaveP 17 December, 2008 at 12:11 Reply

    In addition to above crashes (twice this afternoon) I tried to export 75 Canon 5D files I’d tweaked and it crashed after 20 files – white screen o’death. Memory leak again no doubt.

    Another reason to go back to 1.4 then – get your act together Adobe – this is just embarrassing.

  18. DaveP 17 December, 2008 at 10:51 Reply

    Huge memory leak on XP. After working in 2.2 for an hour it freezes with about 2 gigs of memory taken up.

    Slightly faster than 2.1 for me but still a complete dog compared to 1.x

    XP Pro SP3
    AMD 64×4200
    4gigs ram

  19. Charlie 17 December, 2008 at 10:06 Reply

    I’ve only had a chance for a brief review but adjustment brush performance seems to be vastly improved. On my primary photography computer, a desktop Mac G5, adjustment brushes were so unresponsive that they were almost unusable and I was forced to juggle files to my Intel MacBookPro to use this feature. The new release seems to have totally resolved this issue and the adjustment brush feature is now very responsive on my older machine.
    Nice improvement Adobe!

  20. Constance Terry 17 December, 2008 at 09:33 Reply

    Thank you, Howard! Like Nick, I was having a heck of a time trying to find the beta files. All is well now and the frustration has ended! 🙂

  21. Howard Ignatius 17 December, 2008 at 03:00 Reply

    Nick, you probably started at your user account instead of the Macintosh HD. Your user account has the same path with no calibration files at the end. Go to Finder, click on Macintosh HD then follow the path to CameraProfiles folder.

  22. Nick E. 17 December, 2008 at 02:29 Reply

    I am trying to delete the beta profiles, and when I navigate to the CameraProfiles folder as directed, there are no beta files folders, only and index.dat file. Any suggestions?

    MacBook Pro OsX 10.5.5
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

  23. Byron 16 December, 2008 at 22:05 Reply

    I too only see “Adobe Standard”, “ACR 4.2” and “ACR 4.4” in my profiles pulldown after installing 2.2 and ACR 5.2. What gives?

    I am shooting with a Minolta 7D and a Sony a700. I convert o DNG on download using Lightroom. Am i doing something wrong here or is this anomalous behavior by LR?

  24. Michelle 16 December, 2008 at 19:35 Reply

    If only this would fix the “everything prints with a dark cast” bug introduced (for me at least) in LR 2. My print settings are fine, I can print great with LR 1 and other programs, but not with LR 2.

  25. Ana 16 December, 2008 at 19:25 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    I downloaded and installed LR 2.2 , but when I open it I get the
    message : An error occurred when attempting to change modules.
    I am in Mac OSX 10.5.6
    Any ideas?
    I already tried reinstalling, and also deleting prefs files, no avail.
    ( remember me from the Art Institute Fort Lauderdale, 2006 ? You were the one that got me using LR, now I can’t live without it !!!)

  26. Ana 16 December, 2008 at 19:25 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    I downloaded and installed LR 2.2 , but when I open it I get the
    message : An error occurred when attempting to change modules.
    I am in Mac OSX 10.5.6
    Any ideas?
    I already tried reinstalling, and also deleting prefs files, no avail.
    ( remember me from the Art Institute Fort Lauderdale, 2006 ? You were the one that got me using LR, now I can’t live without it !!!)

  27. Jon 16 December, 2008 at 19:04 Reply

    For those of us not ready (or willing) to upgrade to Photoshop CS4 (w/Camera Raw plugin version 5 support), what do we do with the message that appears now when choosing to edit an image in Photoshop CS3 (i.e., ctrl-click on the image in LR2.2, and choose, “Edit in Photoshop”)?

    The message reads, “This version of Lightroom may require the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in version 5.2 for full compatibility,” and then gives the option to “Render using Lightroom,” or “Open Anyway.”

    What’s the difference between these two options? And what’s meant by “full compatibility?” (I plan to check the “Don’t show again” checkbox once I figure out the correct option so I don’t have to go through this extra step each time).



  28. Jay 16 December, 2008 at 19:01 Reply

    Brush is working in real time now. No lag whatsoever on Mac Pro.

    Major John,

    I run LR in 64-bit mode on a quad-core Mac Pro (2008) with 8GB RAM. I’ve had no stability problems. But I’ve also not seen any major performance benefits compared to 32-bit mode. Perhaps if I had more memory or was working with larger files it would be more apparent (I shoot compressed 12-bit NEF with a D300 and the files run around 9-10MB).

  29. Jon 16 December, 2008 at 18:58 Reply

    Major John,

    I believe LR2 runs in 64-bit mode on an Intel Mac by default. If you want to run it in 32-bit mode instead, click on the LR application icon in your applications folder, and do a “Get Info” (cmd-i). There’s a checkbox in the Get Info panel to “Open in 32-Bit” mode.


  30. A.W. Farnsworth IV 16 December, 2008 at 18:17 Reply

    When is Adobe going to provide a patch for updates and not for the consumer to download the whole blooming program again… the same goes for Apple with iTunes????? Just a royal pain in the bleep!!

  31. soulreaper 16 December, 2008 at 17:57 Reply

    Hi folks

    I am having massive memore problems on Lr 2.2 using Vista. The memory just fills up and after a while the os starts to swap which makes things incredibly slow. Also exporting many images is not possible since the memory just fills up and swaping makes it slow after 20+ 10MP images.

    anybody else having these kinds of problems?

  32. Major John 16 December, 2008 at 17:03 Reply


    I apologize if you’ve covered this before. I noticed in the 2.2 Release Notes that LR2 can be run on an Intel Mac in 64-Bit mode vice 32-Bit. Do you have any experience doing this? Its allegedly a lot faster. Not sure of its stability though.

    Major John
    New Orleans

  33. John Larson 16 December, 2008 at 16:55 Reply

    Howard beat me to it. Just as the Standard Camera Profiles automatically showed up in LR2 if you updated to Camera Raw 5.2, so the drag and drop into the trash of the Beta Camera Profiles applies automatically to both ACR 5.2 and LR2.2.

  34. Howard Ignatius 16 December, 2008 at 16:22 Reply

    I use a Mac and I have successfully removed my beta profiles using the following procedure:

    If you remove the beta profiles LR will automatically switch to the corresponding release profile. Since applying camera calibration is the first thing I do in my work flow, if there was a change between the release and beta it may impact everything else that I did. You may want to experiment with your photos first before removing anything. From what I have read you can keep the beta profiles indefinitely.

  35. Jeroen Akershoek 16 December, 2008 at 14:46 Reply

    For now ‘Camera standard’ works good for my D70. It gives much better colors right from the start, and exposure is also better.

    This is great, because it will save me time!

    I wonder what the D2X profiles are meant for…?

    Regards, Jeroen

  36. Harold 16 December, 2008 at 14:39 Reply

    Regarding previous post I was asking how to get rid of the earlier Camera Profile versions. I now have 3 camera profile versions showing in the pull down.

  37. Cindy Smith 16 December, 2008 at 14:37 Reply

    Hey folks, I updated to 2.2, because of the camera profiles. I already had downloaded the camera profiles for 2.1 and had settings like vivid, portrait, landscape- about 6 total. Now I only have 3.5,4.4, standard, and beta. What happened to these other profiles. I shoot Nikon.
    Thanks, Cindy

  38. Elliott 16 December, 2008 at 14:01 Reply

    Does anybody know how to remove the previously installed beta profiles. I have updated to 2.2 and now have the full versions and the beta versions.

  39. Alan Taylor 16 December, 2008 at 13:55 Reply

    When I select a raw image and try to select a profile in the Camera Calibration tab I only see a choice of ACR 4.4, ACR 2.4 and Adobe Standard. Is that because my Camera is not supported? I use an Olympus E3.

  40. ElliR 16 December, 2008 at 13:09 Reply

    Good of you to point out that the Final Release profiles are installed by default Matt but for those who, for reasons best known to themselves do not wish to upgrade, then they should know that these Final Release profiles are available as a seperate download and work just fine in 2.1 and in fact I’ve been using them for a while now. The user simply has to download the DNG Converter (5.2) and the Final Release colour profiles are installed bý default.

  41. Sergio Burani 16 December, 2008 at 12:30 Reply

    I agree. The Camera Profiles available directly from the application is a BIG DEAL. However, I still don’t understand how to make them work best. How about a short video tutorial on this subject, Matt?

  42. David 16 December, 2008 at 12:19 Reply

    YES!!!!!!! A GREAT IMPROVEMENT!!!!!! Finally I can use LR.I had stopped using because it was soooooo slow.Was so frustrated 2.2 Rocks!! At least so far
    Thanks Matt

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