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lightroom-logo.jpg Adobe Updates Lightroom Public Beta
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 13:04 EST)

Beta 2.0 is the first Adobe application released as a Universal Binary.

A month after the initial release of its Lightroom public beta, Adobe has updated its workflow solution for pro photographers with a Universal Binary version. A Windows version, however, won't be available until after the final Macintosh release in late 2006.

A complete list of the new features available in version 1.0 Beta 2 follows:

  • Now available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with Intel-based Apple hardware
  • Crop and Straighten tools included in the Develop module
  • Ability to add music to slideshows
  • White balance support for the Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D50 cameras
  • Ability to create hierarchical keyword sets
  • XMP Import and Export capabilities. (Please consult Known Issues list for details)
  • Improved Edit in Photoshop capabilities
  • Improved metadata handling

Note that your image library will be reformatted when you first open the new version. And see our review of the initial release.

The new version can be downloaded from the Adobe Labs Web site.

Original Source Press Release:

Adobe Updates Lightroom Public Beta

Lightroom Beta is the First Adobe Application to Deliver Universal Binary Support for PowerPC and Intel based Apple Hardware

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Feb. 14, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe® LightroomTM, an all-new digital imaging solution for professional photographers. Just one month after its introduction at the Macworld Show in San Francisco, Lightroom Public Beta 2.0 is now available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with PowerPC and Intel based Apple hardware and includes new features to streamline digital photography workflows. A Windows version is expected to follow the final Macintosh release in late 2006.

Lightroom Beta 2.0 includes new Crop and Straighten tools in the Develop module, ability to add music to slideshows and create hierarchical keyword lists to give photographers the ability to group and manage image keywords more efficiently. Improved Edit functionality provides photographers with more options for choosing how an image is delivered to Adobe Photoshop® CS2 based on its native file format. Lightroom also is able to read many IPTC fields, as well as import and export XMP metadata.

"We've been thrilled with the activity in our online Lightroom beta forums and the positive response we've received from the photography community," said Dave Story, vice president of product development for Digital Imaging at Adobe. "We're also excited about Apple's move to the Intel platform and with Lightroom Beta, Adobe is one of the first companies to deliver software for the new Intel based Macs, just weeks after Apple's announcement."

With its modular, task-based and streamlined environment, Lightroom's goal is to deliver a complete photography workflow. Leveraging industry-leading Adobe Camera Raw technology, Lightroom supports over 100 cameras and incorporates raw conversion into a single workflow experience. Upon import, files can also be converted to Digital Negative format (DNG) or renamed and segmented by folder or date. Images can be showcased via slideshows, now with the ability to add music, as well as drop shadows, borders, Identity Plates and different colored backgrounds. The size and position of the images can be manipulated and delivered in Macromedia® Flash®, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) or HTML formats.

As Adobe continues to collect more feedback from photographers, modules and feature sets will likely change, as customers decide on their popularity and priority within digital photography workflows. Currently available as a beta for Macintosh, Lightroom will later support both the Windows® and Macintosh platforms.

Pricing and Availability

Lightroom Public Beta 2.0 for Macintosh OSX Tiger (10.4.3) is available for free download from the Adobe Labs Web site at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 768 MB RAM and 1024x768 resolution screen. The final product is expected to be introduced in late 2006. Further details around pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.

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