Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

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  1. sonor macrumors 6502

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    free download - beta expires end of August

    Current Lightroom users can use it until it expires - anyone else can try it for 30 days

    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/

    "Enhancements that can be found in the Lightroom 2.0 beta include the following:

    Localized corrections — Enhance specific areas of an image for unsurpassed nondestructive flexibility and control reminiscent of the traditional darkroom dodge and burn experience.
    Improved organizational tools — Find the images you need quickly and easily.
    Multiple monitor support — Add an additional monitor to efficiently manage photographic workflow and presentation.
    Flexible print package functionality — Create custom layouts containing multiple sizes of a photograph on a single page.
    64-bit support — Lightroom 2.0 now takes advantage of the latest hardware architectures with improved memory handling and performance."
     
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  3. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    I might be tempted to give it a go. Existing users can use it until August I believe (else a 30day trial).

    Though will trial it on a test database first :p
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Seems like it doesn't mess with your existing database at all...

    ...though Time Machine could be nice to have...

    Over all - after 10 minutes of looking it seems nice. Wonder what the upgrade price will be...come August...

    Also cool that you can invite other's to get the "full" Beta. :)
     
  5. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I have about 2500 pictures to cull and process from my recent trip to the 12 Hours of Sebring. I use ALR 1.3.1, so I may give this a try.
     
  6. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    I was surprised to see the press release first thing today. I'm excited to check it out. I really like the develop interface in the current version. The local area corrections and dodge and burn being just another reversible at any time change (rather than something baked in PS) is excellent.
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I wouldn't do it in v2.0 though. What if they change the editing feature during the Beta period? That happened once during the Version 1 beta. If you edit photos in the current beta version, and the degree of editing changes, then your edits may look really messed up with the sliders of each edit setting where they are. This won't affect things like WB, but it may affect any edit of colours and saturation, sharpening, vignetting, possibly contrast.
     
  8. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I can do my culling though, to see how the performance is. But it's not that big a deal. Once I cull and export my pictures I typically don't go back to them in ALR again. Even if I do, it's just to prepare a few pictures for printing, so -- yeah -- I might have to do that work again (I use RAW, so edits are non-destructive). But if the performance (especially rendering 1:1 previews) is better that may be worth it to me.
     
  9. redrabbit macrumors 6502

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    any chance of someone inviting me to try it a full beta? I could PM you my email
     
  10. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Isn't it a public beta? Anyone should be able to get the 30-day trial. You probably need to register at Adobe labs.
     
  11. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    My database is on a mirror and backed up to 2 other drives!

    A little bit belt and braces approach, but I'm happy with it.
     
  12. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately, the UI is still fugly, it makes me cringe in fact. (I know it's subjective, but hey!)
     
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  14. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Hey this is good news, both in terms of timing (for me) and in terms of Adobe's commitment to Lightroom. I was a bit worried they'd stick to a schedule with Lightroom that's in line with their other apps - that'd mean 2-3 years between major releases.

    This way people can try out Aperture 2 and Lightroom 2 beta and see which they prefer.
     
  15. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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    From what I've read about it, I think it should more properly be called Lightroom 2.0 Alpha. Adobe stressed it should not be used except to see what new features it promises to offer. Not real assuring from a "Beta."
     
  16. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    So far from what I've seen, here are a few comments:
    + I like non-destructive editing with the brush, Aperture's Dodge & Burn creates a tiff file each time. I also like the Auto Mask feature, if it works well in real-life situations.
    + I like the ability to do roundtripping with dng files. :)
    n It adds features Aperture has had for a long, long time (dual monitor support, smart albums, 64 bit support, etc.) --> good news for Lightroom people.
    n No news about the price for updates.
    - I still find the UI very cluttered. Some UI elements are just gimmicks that take up space. All of the different modes are distinguished in text and people can read slower than they can recognize pictograms (especially if there is very low contrast)
    - dual monitor support seems a bit half-arsed and inflexible (but I have my gripes with Aperture's implementation, too, although it got a lot better with version 2.0)
     
  17. John.B macrumors 601

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    I would appreciate being second in line if a registered Lightroom user would care to share an invite. PM me and I'll send you back my email address. :)

    John

    Yes, anyone can get the 30 day beta. But registered Lightroom 1.x users -- and anyone they invite -- get to use it through the end of August.

    :D
     
  18. HomeingPigeon macrumors regular

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    Does that mean that they can invite infinite people? Or do they just have one invite?
     
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    I'm exciting about the dodge/burn capabilities. That was one of my largest complaints with Lightroom and Aperture.
     

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