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After many months on beta testing both public and private, Adobe has released Lightroom to the world.
The major new feature since the last Public Beta is Lens Corrections. These were outlined by Tom Hogarty (Product Manager) in video form at the end of April and released as part of Camera Raw 6.1 on June 1st. But there are other features that have been added. These include:
- Profile-based lens correction that addresses:
- Geometric lens distortion(i.e., barrel or pincushion)
- Chromatic aberration
- Vignette effects
- Manual geometric lens correction
- Horizontal and vertical perspective correction
- Improved Web templates for updated color and design options
- Additional Print templates to utilize the new creative layout options
- New develop presets for creative B&W and Color adjustments
- Focal length filtering available in the metadata filter
- Updated SDK with publish collection functionality and access to collection and keyword metadata
- Improved interactive responsiveness
- Ability to upgrade Lightroom 1, Lightroom 2 catalogs as well as Lightroom 3 beta or Lightroom 3 beta 2 catalogs
- Images edited in Lightroom 3 beta or Lightroom 3 beta 2 will migrate to Lightroom 3.0 with little to no visual adjustments. Minor sharpening adjustments may appear.
- Ability to migrate Photoshop Elements 6, 7 or 8 catalogs to Lightroom 3
- Updated print resolution limits of 720ppi for local printing and 1200ppi for printing to a JPEG file.
Camera support is now on a par with Camera Raw 6.1 and a full list of supported cameras is available here.
As usual the community has responded with many posts aimed at enlightening users to all the new features. Sean McCormack has a list of these. Adobe TV has 10 videos available to explain the new features. Victoria Bampton has an in-depth look at the new features on her Lightroom Queen blog. Jeffrey Friedl has a post on his Plug-in updates. Lightroom help is also available here.
Lightroom 3 is available for Mac and Windows on the Adobe site.
The initial feedback on Lightroom 3.0 is looking positive. There are naturally a few complaints about missing features (see comments on the last post) but ,as mentioned here and in other places, this Beta is a snapshot in time and there is more to come in the final release.
Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape takes a look at the Public Beta as well as the benefits to Adobe of the Public Beta process.
Ian Lyons also looks in depth at the new features at Computer Darkroom.
John Beardsworth has a round-up of other resources as well as six quick tips: Collections in Develop, Slideshow Export, Publish Services, Black and White (YAY!), Filter Lock and stickiness, and Auto-Sync.
Victoria Bampton, The Lightroom Queen, has updated her Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta: The Missing FAQ book, which is a rough cut ebook. Eric Scouten one of the Lightroom Team said of it. “I have to give her credit for teaching me a few things that were in the release.”
NAAP has a Lightroom 3 Resource Center.
Thomas Hawk offers his Photography Workflow for 2009. It is interesting but I am not sure if it couldn’t be improved using better software than Canon Camera Window, and he could also use Trails on his iPhone.
Nik Software has now added the Sharpener Pro 3.0 Update to its expanding collection of Lightroom software. Whether you see any benefit over the built-in sharpening which is based on the Pixel Genius routines is a moot point.
And last, but not least Wade Heninger posts a Lightroom Tuesday column.
Picture Code has released Noise Ninja Standalone with a Sidekick Mode. If Noise Ninja is in Sidekick mode, any files sent to from external applications, dragged and dropped or via a file open dialog get automatically processed and saved without user interaction. This is useful as an external editor for applications like Lightroom. The official release is available on the Noise Ninja download page.
In my book Inside Lightroom 2, I promised a set of Lightroom Links and an OPML file of RSS feeds. This got a bit overlooked at the time, but now I can make amends. I have created a static page of the links in my resources chapter, plus a few new ones. The OPML file is also available as mentioned in the book. Obviously you will need a copy to get this file, but I am sure the ingenious among you can find it easily enough!
Updates will be announced in the blog and annotated on the Lightroom Links page.
Please feel free to add your own sites in the comments.