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updated 12:45 am EST, Mon January 9, 2006

Adobe debuts Lightroom


"We first showed an early version of Lightroom at the Adobe Ideas Conference in April 2005 to demonstrate a new streamlined digital photography experience, from capture to print," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer of Adobe. "Today's Lightroom Beta leverages Adobe's renowned digital imaging innovation, in areas such as raw image processing, so that even in beta form photographers will find world class technology that complements Photoshop. We look forward to the feedback from the photography community as we refine the product over the next few months."

"Radical" new image-focused interface

Adobe said that the Lightroom Beta has been designed with a "radical new user interface that puts the focus on what photographers really care about: the image. With just one click, the control panels and tools fade into the background in Lights-Out mode, allowing the image to take center stage. The innovative Identity Plate feature allows photographers to apply their own branding to the application and its output, so that it becomes their own personal gallery for showcasing work." The company said that photographers also can rapidly scroll through hundreds of images and its new "Quick One-to-One Zoom" features allows instant magnification of the finer points within the image.

"Lightroom defines the future workflow for the professional digital photographer," said Seth Resnick, a premier corporate, editorial and stock photographer. "It delivers exactly the functions photographers need to speed up their workflow in a way that was never before possible."
High-Quality Raw Processing.

Lightroom supports over 100 cameras

Leveraging Adobe's Camera Raw technology, Lightroom supports over 100 cameras and incorporates raw conversion into a single workflow. Adobe says that its advanced raw processing features new split-toning controls which create richer black and white images as well as extends photographers' creative control with new parameters for making adjustments. Lightroom allows files to be converted, on import, to Digital Negative format (DNG) or renamed and segmented by folder or date.

Users can also showcase images via slideshows with drop shadows, borders, Identity Plates and different colored backgrounds. The size and position of the images can be manipulated and offered to clients in Macromedia Flash, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) or HTML formats. It includes a variety of templates for contact sheets with the ability to add identity plates or produce a fine art print.

Recommended system requirements are Mac OS X 10.4.3, 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 768MB RAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen. Regular updates to the software will be posted on the site, according to the company. It also said that feedback will be collected and the final product is expected to be introduced in late 2006. Further details around pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.

by MacNN Staff



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