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Jaali
2nd April 2008, 05:37 PM
Heya,

Thought the photographers amongst us would be interested to note (if you didn't know already) that Lightroom 2.0 Beta has been released by Adobe.

New features include (thanks to Terry Whites blog (http://terrywhite.com/techblog))

Library
-Streamlined Library Layout
-Smart Collections
-Powerful Filter Bar to search and refine images
-Suggested Keywords for simplified keywording
-10k pixel size limit raised to 30k pixels

Multiple Monitors:
-Four flexible modes for an alternate window: Grid, Loupe, Compare, Survey
(Check out the Live Loupe mode!)

Photoshop CS3 Integration:
-Open files in Photoshop as a Smart Object
-Select multiple images to merge as a Panorama
-Merge multiple exposures into a single Photoshop HDR image
-Load multiple files or virtual copies into Photoshop as separate layers in a single document.

Export Functionality:
-Auto-add exported images to the Lightroom catalog
-Auto Output Sharpening for images on export

Develop Module
-Non-Destructive Localized Correction for dodging and burning specific areas of an image
-Post Crop Vignette
-Basic Panel Keyboard Shortcuts
-Improved Auto Adjustment:

Print Module
-Picture Package for multi-page layouts
-Print Module output directly to JPEG
-16 bit printing under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
-Enhanced Print Sharpening based on PhotoKit Sharpener algorithms

You can download it from Adobe here (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/).

For a more in-depth look at it, head over the the NAPP Lightroom Learning centre (http://www.photoshopuser.com/lightroom2).

Looks like quite a good improvement on the 1.x versions - can't wait for it to be released in June.

Cheers!

camel
2nd April 2008, 05:41 PM
nice,

seems he has had a flert with an acquisition on april fools day too hey ?? :P

applecollector
2nd April 2008, 05:45 PM
this is going to come big time handy with my work at the moment.
Thanks for the heads up!

ozboi
2nd April 2008, 07:02 PM
Good to see post-crop vignettes and the addition of "clarity" as an editing option is nice. Also seems to work faster than the previous version, though I haven't imported my entire collection of photos.

A few new organisational features, but not sure that it really deserves a whole new version number. Then again, I don't use it constantly like others might.

Quamen
2nd April 2008, 07:15 PM
it's snappy as. Awesome.

El Guardo
2nd April 2008, 08:23 PM
I like that the competition between Apple and Adobe is spurning innovation and updates. But I'm sick and tired of trying to accurately compare the two and subsequently make a decision as to which one will best suit my needs. And, yes, I know - just buy one and be done with it - which is what I did once Aperture allowed for plugins and Noise Ninja was one such plugin...

That being said, it does look like a nice update...

SilverJ
2nd April 2008, 08:31 PM
Yes, it's very good news.
I read about it this morning on
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips (http://www.lightroomkillertips.com/)
great website by the way..
One question though, anyone know if this is an update or will be forced to pay for this update as an upgrade or something similar because I own the commercial version of Lightroom now. P.S People with LR version 1 should be using 1.3 because 1.4 was released but taken down by Adobe due to bugs.

decryption
2nd April 2008, 08:55 PM
I love the competition between Lightroom and Aperture - it's making both products excellent.

ozboi
2nd April 2008, 09:49 PM
One question though, anyone know if this is an update or will be forced to pay for this update as an upgrade or something similar because I own the commercial version of Lightroom now.

Since it's a whole version number update, you will have to pay for it. They should offer an upgrade price however.

Jaali
2nd April 2008, 09:58 PM
I love the competition between Lightroom and Aperture - it's making both products excellent.

I completely agree - it's a fantastic situation for us consumers to be in. Both on quality of product, and price.

SilverJ
3rd April 2008, 12:59 PM
What is interesting is that you need a serial number to use the beta for the full trial period though (end of August) so wonder what we will be charged to upgrade..