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Old 06-08-2010, 06:43 AM
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Default Adobe Releases Lightroom 3

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/' target='_blank'>http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) Lightroom(r) 3 software for Windows(r) 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."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1275975547.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>After public betas for eight months, <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/" target="_blank">Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3</a> is ready to go. I've played with the public beta, but only here and there, and on an HP dv2, a woefully underpowered laptop for raw photo editing. Overall, I liked what I saw - did you have a chance to check out the beta? What did you think of it, and what are your favourite new features?</p><p>The remainder of the press release is after the break. <MORE /><em>"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." </em></p><p><em><strong>Public Beta Process Perfects Lightroom 3 New Features</strong></em></p><p><em>Re-built from its core to be lightening 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. </em></p><p><em>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.</em></p><p><strong><em>Lightroom 3 Expands Image Showcasing </em></strong></p><p><em>Output options have also been enhanced in this release, with new capabilities to publish collections on online sharing sites. Flickr(r) 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. </em></p><p><strong><em>Pricing and Availability</em></strong></p><p><em>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 USD $299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD$99 for qualified registered Lightroom users. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OS X v 10.5, 10.6 with Intel(r) based processor, or Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 7, Windows Vista(r) Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise or Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 processor, 2 GB RAM and a 1,024x768 resolution screen. </em></p><p><em>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 (www.facebook.com/lightroom) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/lightroom).</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:52 AM
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The bad news is now I have to actually buy this thing.

I used both betas. I'll say my least favorite feature was the poor library upgrade from b1 to b2 that caused me to have to retouch every photo in my library (they warned me...but I didn't listen). I'm hoping that they will make the upgrade from b2 to gold seamless (as they claim).

As for real features, I really love the amazing noise reduction algorithms they enabled in b2. Really slick. The synchronization features (i.e., change the RAW settings and automatically track which exported JPG's need to be regenerated) are nice, as well. I do wish it was easier to just say "sync this folder structure to a comparable folder structure in a different directory" as I keep my RAW and JPG folders totally separate, but basically synchronized below the root. And the sync user interface is nothing close to intuitive (at least in b2). But it isn't too bad once you get the hang of it.

The import process in both b1 and b2 was somewhat convoluted, as well. Maybe it'll be enabled in the release version, but why can't you MOVE files from a CF to a library folder? Only copy and copy as DNG were enabled. Odd. Plus it just isn't nearly as intuitive as the modal import process seen in other tools (like Picasa).

But all in all, I'm hooked. Picasa will probably stick around as my JPEG organizer (until Live Photo Gallery rev 4 comes out with face recognition data embedded in EXIF), but I had no idea what I was missing out on by being a cheap SOB.
 
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:13 PM
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The bad news is now I have to actually buy this thing.
I know, right?! I think it'll be worth the investment though. I have been quite pleased with both betas. Having not used a previous version of LR, I have no idea what they've improved upon.

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The import process in both b1 and b2 was somewhat convoluted, as well. Maybe it'll be enabled in the release version, but why can't you MOVE files from a CF to a library folder? Only copy and copy as DNG were enabled. Odd. Plus it just isn't nearly as intuitive as the modal import process seen in other tools (like Picasa).
I agree that the import process is not where needs to be. My version of b2 had a move option though. Strange that your's did not.
 
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:00 AM
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The import process in both b1 and b2 was somewhat convoluted, as well. Maybe it'll be enabled in the release version, but why can't you MOVE files from a CF to a library folder?
Likely to avoid the loss of images - it's safer to copy, knowing you have the contents of the card as a backup. That said, they could do bit-level verification on the files and confirm they were copied over OK, then delete them, giving you the same function as a move.

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But all in all, I'm hooked. Picasa will probably stick around as my JPEG organizer (until Live Photo Gallery rev 4 comes out with face recognition data embedded in EXIF), but I had no idea what I was missing out on by being a cheap SOB.
Yeah, I'm sticking with Picasa myself - Lightroom for me is raw processing workflow software, not JPEG/video/photo management. I didn't know Live Photo Gallery Wave 4 was doing face recognition in EXIF...how are they doing it? I didn't think there were EXIF/IPTC fields for x,y coordinates and a keyword (name). Interesting!
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:43 AM
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I didn't know Live Photo Gallery Wave 4 was doing face recognition in EXIF...how are they doing it? I didn't think there were EXIF/IPTC fields for x,y coordinates and a keyword (name). Interesting!
Wellllll, actually I'm not 100% sure about that. My source is this document:

http://www.windowslivepreview.com/es...new/#benefit_0

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"Tags made in Photo Gallery travel with the photo wherever it goes, and any tags you or your friends make on sites such as Facebook also sync back down to your Photo Gallery."

Well, I assumes that meant adding meta data to the photo itself. But re-reading it, I guess it could simply mean that imports and exports are "face aware." I suppose we'll find out soon enough.
 
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:29 AM
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With PhaseOne acquiring Microsoft's Expression Media DAM software (formerly the impressive iView MediaPro), I'm looking forward to that more than Lightroom. As for rendering, I still can't match Capture NX2's output with the new ACR engine. Sad, because NX2 is a POS when it comes to a workflow dealing with thousands of images.
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:35 PM
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"Tags made in Photo Gallery travel with the photo wherever it goes, and any tags you or your friends make on sites such as Facebook also sync back down to your Photo Gallery." Well, I assumes that meant adding meta data to the photo itself. But re-reading it, I guess it could simply mean that imports and exports are "face aware." I suppose we'll find out soon enough.
My guess is that the files will have names embedded as keywords, but the x,y coordinates of the person's face won't be there, because in my research I haven't found anything indicate that there are EXIF/IPTC tags that can be used for that purpose. So that in sense, they'll just be keywords attached to the photo. Not bad, but not great either, because 100 years from now if someone is looking at a photo and all they see are names, they won't necessarily know who's who. True face tagging HAS to include x,y coordinates.
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