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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 logo. Click here to visit the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 website! Adobe Lightroom 3 now available
(Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)

Adobe Labs has today launched the latest version of its digital darkroom software, Photoshop Lightroom 3, which was first previewed in beta form in late October 2009, followed by a second beta in late March 2010.

Much like the current version of Adobe Camera Raw that's available with Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 features an overhauled imaging engine with improved algorithms for noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and grain simulation, while retaining the ability to use the old algorithms if desired. Newly added since the final beta, Lightroom 3 also provides both automatic and manual lens correction, with the ability to fix distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration, as well as both horizontal and vertical transforms. The lens correction function is compatible with the same lens profiles as Photoshop CS5's Camera Raw, and so Lightroom 3 owners will likewise be able to create their own profiles free of charge using Adobe's Lens Profile Creator Utility, and share them with other photographers if desired. Adobe has also added additional develop presets, and enhanced print and web templates, since the beta program.

Compared to Lightroom 2, LR3 brings a redesigned workflow that's more intuitive, especially in the area of image import, as well as providing full watermarking capabilities, customized print layouts, HD video slideshows, and the ability to toggle between landscape and portrait-orientation cropping by pressing the X key. There's also improved integration with photo sharing websites, and Adobe is publishing an SDK that will allow additional services to create their own Lightroom 3 integrations.

Lightroom 3 further adds tethered shooting capability for certain Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, and limited support for videos shot with the latest generation of digital SLRs, allowing the program to function as a dedicated media manager, where previously Lightroom users had to rely on a separate tool to organize and manage their video clips. Lightroom doesn't offer the ability to play videos itself, but can create thumbnail and full-size previews of each video clip that appear alongside images in the Lightroom library, and is capable of launching videos in the computer's default external viewer. Videos can be managed in much the same way as still images, including the ability to rate, label or flag clips, and to add them to collections or favorites. Compared to the previous release, Lightroom 3 also feels snappier, with Adobe having focused significant effort on improving performance.

Adobe Photoshop LR3 is priced at US$299, and available for both Mac and Windows platforms. Adobe is also providing potential customers with a 30-day trial of the new version. Existing Lightroom owners can upgrade to the new release for $99, a significant savings over the standard purchase price. Customers who participated in the Lightroom 3 beta will be able to continue using their beta versions until June 30, giving them a little over three weeks in which to purchase the new version. More details can be found on the Adobe website.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 in use. Photo provided by Adobe Systems Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 in use.
Photo provided by Adobe Systems Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Now Available

Major Release Advances Image Quality, Performance and Workflow Flexibility for Photographers

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 software for Windows® and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.

“There have been over 600,000 downloads of the Lightroom 3 public beta, which has supplied us with a huge amount of valuable feedback from a passionate community of professional and advanced amateur photographers”

“There have been over 600,000 downloads of the Lightroom 3 public beta, which has supplied us with a huge amount of valuable feedback from a passionate community of professional and advanced amateur photographers,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. “The open dialog we have with our customers allows us to further improve Lightroom and provide the best tools they need to produce high-quality images. We’re happy to see that so many people are anxiously anticipating the final release, so they can start taking advantage of all the new features they had a hand in developing.”

Public Beta Process Perfects Lightroom 3 New Features
Re-built from its core to be lightning fast and responsive, Lightroom 3 adds power throughout the application to provide a fluid experience for photographers. Images load almost instantaneously, and the import experience has been redesigned to be more intuitive, with added previews and default selections that give users quick access to sort through and find images. Helping streamline and adapt to photographers’ changing workflows, Lightroom 3 now allows users to import and manage DSLR video files, as well as take advantage of tethered shooting for select Nikon and Canon cameras.

New state-of-the-art photographic tools help photographers bring out the best in their images. Unrivaled Luminance and Color Noise Reduction tools help produce a clearer picture from high ISO or underexposed images while still preserving details. The highly-requested Automatic Lens Correction feature can dramatically improve the results possible with any lens by allowing users to apply profiles that correct for undesirable geometric distortions, chromatic aberrations and lens vignette effects that most lenses introduce to the image. Users now also have a straighten tool to perfect vertical and horizontal perspective, additional presets for applying more photographic adjustment styles, and three new contemporary vignette styles and a Grain effect to add a more natural look with images.

Lightroom 3 Expands Image Showcasing
Output options have also been enhanced in this release, with new capabilities to publish collections on online sharing sites. Flickr® users have the ability to synch their accounts to Lightroom with one click, and integration with additional online photo sharing sites can be added via third-party plug-ins. Customizable print layouts provide more refined control over how photographers present final images, and new watermarking features, with options to modify text, size, location and style, help give professionals and amateurs flexibility for branding images. Lightroom 3 now also includes the ability to export polished slideshows as video files with the option to add audio and title screens.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for Windows and Macintosh is available now at www.adobe.com/store, for pre-order via Amazon.com and NewEgg.com and will be available soon at retail and online outlets such as Frys, BestBuy.com, Costco.com, Walmart.com, Staples.com, OfficeMax.com, OfficeDepot.com and select camera stores. The estimated street price is US$299 for new users with an upgrade price of US$99 for qualified registered Lightroom users. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OS X v 10.5, 10.6 with Intel® based processor, or Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise or Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, 2 GB RAM and a 1,024x768 resolution screen.

Additional information on product features, upgrade policies, pricing, and language versions is available on www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom. Join the Lightroom community on Facebook and Twitter.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 product packaging.
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