Installing the Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta
April 19, 2013
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The Adobe Lightroom 5 beta is now available for download, so I wanted to put together a quick walk-through of the installation. The beta is designed to run along side whatever version of Lightroom you have installed, so you can explore the new features without impacting your current installation and workflow.

You can download the current version of the beta here.

Normally, Lightroom downloads come across as DMG files, but the Beta comes down as a ZIP. Double-click on the ZIP to extract the PKG file, which is the install package.

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Double-click the PKG file to launch the installer.

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The installation sequence is similar to the current version of LR and most other installations on the Mac. Click Continue.

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Read the Software License Agreement and click Continue.

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Agree to the agreement by clicking Agree.

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Select the destination disk on which you want to install the beta and click Continue.

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Accept the default location or specify your own by clicking Change Install Location. Click Install to install the beta.

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Wait.

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Done! Click Close to complete the installation.

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Launch the LR5 beta by navigating to your Application directory and clicking on the launcher for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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if this is the first time you have launched the beta, you may be prompted to create a new catalog.  The LR5 beta won’t upgrade catalogs from previous versions, although presumably the final version will. Since the beta is for testing and feedback purposes and could be unstable, you’ll want to create a new catalog, anyway.

Once you create and select the new catalog, Lightroom 5 will open.

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Notes

  • It appears that the LR 5 beta won’t upgrade a previous version’s catalog, either as part of the initial launch or with the File > Import From Another Catalog… option.

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  • You can import images, though, and if you have the XMP setting turned on, you’ll see the edits you made in your previous version. If you do this, do not turn on XMP in your LR5 beta so you won’t overwrite the XMP files with edits made in the beta. I’d recommend making a copy of a directory of images + XMP instead of trying to use the same directory in your primary LR install and the beta.
  • The UI looks very similar to LR4 so far.
  • Smart Previews (offline previews that provide edit capabilities without access to the original image) is intriguing…
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