Adobe has announced the availability of release candidates for Lightroom 2.7 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.7. Release candidates are not official releases, and are still in testing. However, if you have one of the cameras that these releases introduce support for, you may want to download them now.
Almost five months to the day after releasing Lightroom 3 Beta, Adobe has announced a second Lightroom 3 Beta release. Whether this is only intended as a means to gather and incorporate significantly more user feedback for the final release, or possibly also to buy time to incorporate more new features into the official Lightroom 3 release to compete with the recent Aperture 3 release, only time will tell… either way, users stand to benefit. There are subtle changes throughout the program, but here are some of the major enhancements in this second beta:
The latest updates to LR and ACR are available. In Lightroom, go to Help>Check for Updates. Download the file, then double-click on it to launch the installation wizard. In Bridge or Photoshop, go to Help>Updates, and the update will be downloaded and automatically installed. If you use both Lightroom and Photoshop, be sure to update both. From product manager Tom Hogarty:
If you’re experimenting with the LR 3 Beta, you may find Adobe’s new LR3 Beta help content useful. Click here to go to a listing of content on their Phosphors blog.
Here’s a link to a write up by Victoria Bampton on what’s new in the LR3 beta. Keep in mind that this is a very early beta — some of the new features will disappear, others will be added, and you will encounter bugs (particularly known are render preview issues). At the bottom of Victoria’s post are links to many other blogs with articles on LR3.
Lightroom 3 won’t officially be released until 2010, but tonight Adobe Labs announced the release of its first public beta. If you want to try it out, kick the tires, and join in providing feedback to Adobe on LR3, click here to go to Adobe Labs and download the software. Is it all we need in LR? No (for one thing, we absolutely need soft proofing.) Is it a step in the right direction? Yes. There are feature enhancements, but importantly, Adobe has focused on improving performance by rebuilding the LR architecture. Adobe recognizes that we are building very large catalogs of images, and that we need LR to handle them quickly and efficiently. Here are some of the feature […more]