Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta now available.
This should really please all of you photographers out there, Adobe have just released a public beta for version 3 of their popular Lightroom software.
Lightroom is targeted at digital photographers, perhaps those who miss the traditional darkrooms of yesteryear, and offers an elegant way to ‘develop’ and catalog digital photographs, with Adobe’s typical performance and usability.
Some of the new features in this version include:
• Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
• State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
• Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
• Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
• Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
• Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
• New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
• More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)
All of the new features certainly sound good, especially the ability to upload images to online photo sites straight from Lightroom. I’ve got a feeling that some of the review team would really benefit from this. Even if you’re not photographing hardware for our awesome reviews though, Lightroom could be a great way to build up a portfolio of your work.
Perhaps the best part of this news is the fact that the Beta is open and public. That means that anybody can download and test the application for free. There may be a few bugs but that’s why Adobe have released this to the general public, so people can report any issues and they can be fixed for the final release of the software.
If you fancy giving Adobe’s latest software a try, you can download it for free here