updated 09:50 am EDT, Wed April 2, 2008
Adobe Lightroom 2.0 beta 1
Adobe has debuted the first beta version of Lightroom 2.0, the next iteration of its professional photo workflow software. The program is mainly meant to process RAW files, and can also be used to print images, create slideshows, or publish to the web. Lightroom 2.0 makes several important changes, among these the ability to create new print layouts with multiple sizes of an image on the same page. Users should also be able to sort through images faster, thanks to interface adjustments, and output video to a second monitor.
More fundamental changes include improved support for 64-bit architectures, and the ability to make localized edits, adjusting only portions of a photo in a nondestructive manner. The beta is freely usable by any current Lightroom owner, but only available for 30 days to any non-owner. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, as well as 1GB of RAM and 1GB of hard drive space.