At the beginning of the year, photographers and retouchers got their hands on a new tool - the Loupedeck console, an accessory for the Lightroom app that duplicates the editor's main physical buttons and switches. The approach turned out to be extremely successful for solving large-scale problems of the same type. A few months later, a new version of the console was released, devoid of "childhood diseases".
The main and well-founded problem of the first version of Loupedeck was the cheapness and the resulting flimsy hardware. Thin, squeaky plastic, collapsing buttons, not a very high-quality tactile connection. All this remained in the past - the modernized version of the console is made extremely soundly.
The plastic has not gone anywhere, but it has become durable. The buttons now feel like a reliable, powerful mechanism, and the raised notches on the knobs and switches rest on the fingertips instead of slipping under them. The glitter of the silver paint is also a thing of the past; it was replaced by strict uniform blackness.
Another major innovation: customization mode. You can now reprogram the switches to suit yourself to use more functions while working and less need to remove your hands from the console. Plus, the range of compatible software has expanded, which now includes Skylum Luminar and Capture One. Finally, the Loupedeck price tag dropped to $ 229 - still a lot, but the tool is also intended for professionals who will appreciate its capabilities.