To help photographers import, manage, and showcase all their images from one application
Adobe Systems has introduced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows. Lightroom is a digital photography workflow software, helping photographers to import, manage, and showcase all their images from one application.
The beta version delivers a preview of new tools that will be featured in Lightroom 3, including intuitive importing, noise reduction and sharpening tools, slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites such as Flickr.
The company said that the new software has been redesigned with efficiencies to handle growing image libraries and improve responsiveness with a better processing engine. Library module, a rebuilt import system makes bringing photos into the software more intuitive. Users can specify the source and destination of their images, and save common processing, metadata or destination settings as easy-to-reuse presets.
The Library module also includes new capabilities to publish collections on photo-sharing sites. Flickr users have direct access to their accounts from within Lightroom and can drag and drop images directly into their Photostreams. Flickr Pro account users can automatically synch their images and even view comments made on Flickr directly within the Library. This functionality can be extended to additional sites by adding them as new plug-ins once they become available, added the company.
Adobe said in the Develop module, an overhauled processing engine allows users to create quality images with the help of improved Capture Sharpening and Color Noise Reduction tools. In addition, A new Grain tool adds a film-style grain to images, and two new Vignette modes help photographers get a more natural look.
Lightroom 3 beta also offers output options, including the ability to export slideshows as videos with audio and title screens that can be posted to video-sharing sites or optimised for mobile media. New watermarking capabilities enable photographers to embed text or graphic information directly on an image and then adjust the size, position and opacity.
Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for professional digital imaging at Adobe, said: “We are extremely fortunate that a strong community of photographers have rallied around Lightroom, helping to evolve the application and making it a meaningful part of their photographic workflows.
While we’re still hard at work on Lightroom 3, we recognise the value our customers bring to the development process and want their input so we can deliver the best final product possible.”