Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 with new Aperture and iPhoto importer tool, Black Friday subscription pricing

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Adobe late Tuesday released an update to its Lightroom image processing and management software that includes a new tool for importing photos from Apple's iPhoto or Aperture, both of which will be discontinued in favor of a unified OS X Photos app in 2015.

The latest Lightroom version 5.7 appears to bundle in an importer tool Adobe first offered last month as a plug-in designed to ease the transition for customers currently using Apple's pro and consumer level editing apps. Apple will introduce OS X Photos as a hybrid prosumer app for OS X Yosemite next year.

Along with the importer tool, Lightroom 5.7 adds the ability to view comments and feedback from shared collections on Lightroom web.

Adobe also announced Adobe Camera Raw 8.7, bringing enhancements to batch processing speed when working with the "Save" button and converting images to DNG using DNG Converter. In addition, ACR now supports HiDPI displays for Windows, an option available under the "Experimental Features" menu.

A total of 24 new cameras have been added to ACR's list of supported RAW file formats, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Nikon D750, and Sony ILCE-5100.

ACR 8.7 also fixes a few bugs discovered in the previous release, including an issue that caused the app to crash when rapidly applying the Spot Removal tool. Another bug squashed prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying in certain circumstances. Finally, Camera Matching color profiles have been fixed for the Nikon D810.

As always, Lightroom 5.7 is a free update for existing Lightroom 5 users, while Camera Raw 8.7 is free for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 customers. New customers can download Lightroom as a 30-day free trial, or as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions that start at $9.99 per month for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which comes with Photoshop, Lightroom mobile and more.

Adobe is also running a Black Friday promotion for Creative Cloud Complete, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, access to Adobe's cloud, the ProSite portfolio website, Typekit desktop and web fonts and 20 GB of cloud storage for $39.99 per month or $15.99 per month for students and teachers. The promotional period ends Nov. 28.