One of the nicer features that Aperture has is the ability to work on a bunch of edits in a photo and then to export the photo you have been working on by simply dragging and dropping the image view you see in the program to your email, word document, or other program.
Luminar seems to have a similar feature, but not on all the views. You can drag and drop from the "gallery" or from the filmstrip of images when you are in the photo editor mode, but you can't drag and drop the photo currently in the editor.
Also an issue with this feature in Luminar is that the drag and drop feature exports the ORIGINAL image not the EDITED VERSION. This is counter intuitive because the user would expect that an image dragged from the program would look like what they currently see in the program. The original probably looks nothing like the version the user has worked so hard to produce in Luminar.
I completely understand that when you are working in Luminar's Library, dragging and dropping the images around in folders in the Luminar interface should move the original file around. This makes good sense. But if you drag the image from Luminar to a place external to Luminar such as a folder in Finder, or an email, or a Word document, I would expect it to move the edited version of the file to the external program, not the original file. This would be a behavior consistent with Aperture if it gets changed.
If some people actually do expect that if you drag a file from the Luminar interface to an external program would move the original file, then I could see having this as an option in the Preferences of the program so that a user could choose the behavior they want. Or maybe just have a dialog pop up asking whether they want to export the original file or the edited version.
I think it would really improve people's workflow if there were a way to edit a photo in Luminar, and then simply drag and drop what they see in the program to where they want it to go. This works very well in Aperture and I think it would be fairly easy to implement.
Please sign in to leave a comment.