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Adobe announces Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

2 April, 2008 (21:19) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe has announced that they have opened their popular photo tool Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 up for beta testing.

The beta of Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is available for download here. The beta will only work for 30 days if you are not an existing Lightroom user.

PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Delivers Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 2 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the professional photographer’s essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems.

“Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta provides early access to requested improvements over version 1.3 and continues our ongoing dialogue and open communication with the photography community,” said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. “We’re excited not only for our existing customers, but also for the general public who will have an opportunity to take Lightroom 2.0 beta on a test run.”

New in Lightroom 2.0 beta

An improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. “The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well as the use of keywords in neighboring images.”

Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer’s workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow. Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program.

Beta Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024×768 resolution screen.

Adobe Elements 6 now out in Macintosh version

28 March, 2008 (12:06) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe Elements 6 is now out for the Mac system. Adobe Elements is a “light” and cheaper version of Adobe Photoshop, but contains a lot of the Photoshop functions.

Read more about it on the Adobe site.

Adobe updated Lightroom to 1.4 and Camera Raw to 4.4

14 March, 2008 (12:18) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe just released updates for two of its products, Lightroom and Camera Raw.

Lightroom gets updated to 1.4 and Camera Raw to 4.4. Both programs get updated support for the digital cameras Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi/EOS Kiss X2), Fujifilm S100FS, Nikon D60, Olympus SP-570 UZ, Pentax K20D and K200D and Sony A200, A300 and A350.
Lightroom also get updated printer driver compatibility for Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard).
The latest version of Adobe Lightroom can be download here and the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw can be downloaded here.

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