Adobe Releases Lightroom SDK|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, November 16, 2007 - 14:03 EST)
The first SDK for Lightroom, it allows communication from the Export dialog to third party tools, Web site or devices.
Tom Hogarty announced today on his Lightroom Journal (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/) that Adobe Labs has released a free Export software development kit for Lightroom. It's the first SDK Adobe has released for Lightroom.
"The Export SDK is a glimpse into what's possible with a workflow SDK," Hogarty explained. "I categorize Lightroom's extensibility into two different SDK opportunities: Workflow and Image Processing. There are expectations around an Image Processing SDK given Photoshop's plug-in history. But Lightroom will focus on a workflow SDK initially to enable better interoperation between Lightroom and other tools or services before providing the ability to add an image processing plug-in like a lens correction plug-in or noise/grain plug-in. The Lightroom Export SDK preview is the Lightroom product team's first opportunity to engage the developer community. While this preview SDK functionality is limited to the Export dialog, the discussion should be expanded to include any functional area that a developer would like to build upon."
The dowload page notes, "This public prerelease provides a Software Development Kit that will allow developers to enable communication from the Lightroom 1.3 Export Dialog to third party tools, Web sites or devices. Using the SDK and an IDE of your choice will allow you to create Export plug-ins that further streamline the photographic workflow. This SDK, based on the open source Lua language, includes plug-in sample code for a Flickr and FTP plug-in that demonstrate how to extend the Export dialog interface for specific tasks."
The 1.36-MB download for both Mac and Windows is available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroomsdk/.