Lou­pedeck

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de­fault, but you can have it ad­just sharp­ness or noise re­duc­tion, or use it to make ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal trans­for­ma­tions. You can also set the P func­tion but­tons to ap­ply any Light­room pre­sets, not just the Lou­pedeck de­fault pre­sets that come with the soft­ware. Hold­ing a Fn key dou­bles the num­ber of con­trols and pre­sets you can ac­cess.

The Lou­pedeck’s build qual­ity is very good; noth­ing feels loose or cheap. For my taste, the tog­gle but­tons feel a bit stiff, but that could be be­cause I’ve used an Ap­ple wire­less key­board for so long.

Al­though you can’t ad­just the phys­i­cal re­sis­tance of the di­als and scroll wheels, you can mod­ify their speed and sen­si­tiv­ity in the Lou­pedeck set­tings.

PROS

• Well made ana­log con­trols for edit­ing.

• Con­fig­urable con­trols and pre­set tog­gle switches.

• Mac and PC com­pat­i­bil­ity.

CONS

• No soft­ware up­date mech­a­nism.

PRICE

$259

COM­PANY

Lou­pedeck

A no­table draw­back to the soft­ware is that there’s no up­date mech­a­nism, nor even an easy way to learn which is the most re­cent ver­sion on the Lou­pedeck web­site; you need to down­load the in­staller ( go. mac­world.com/dnin) to see which is the lat­est ver­sion. Al­though the com­pany writes, “It is im­por­tant to con­stantly up­date the con­fig­u­ra­tion soft­ware to fix bugs and add new func­tions,” it’s all on you to re­mem­ber to “con­stantly up­date.”

BOT­TOM LINE

There’s some­thing to be said for not hav­ing to hunt for con­trols or hit small tar­gets with the mouse pointer. If you’ve built up the mus­cle me­mory of edit­ing with a key­board and mouse, or key­board and dig­i­tizer, switch­ing to a slab of ana­log con­trols could be dif­fi­cult—or you might find that hav­ing the con­trols in con­sis­tent lo­ca­tions at your fin­ger­tips is an easy tran­si­tion. If you spend many hours edit­ing in Light­room Clas­sic CC, I can see how in­cor­po­rat­ing the Lou­pedeck could speed up your work. ■

Change the speed and sen­si­tiv­ity of the con­trols.

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