Adobe has released its 1.0 version of the Photoshop Lightroom software which will bring the product out of its year-plus beta period and available for retail purchase. The Lightroom software is a digital photographers ‘toolbox’ used for managing, developing and presenting a digital photo library.
The product is available initially for $199, but will go up to $299 starting in May. If you are currently using the beta 4.1 or previous, it will expire at the end of February and you will have two months to take advantage of the $100 discount.
Lightroom 1.0 has some additional features which help filtering through large collections of photos by keywords and a new Key Metadata Browser for key information tags. It also has an improved ranking system with colored labels and a feature to pick or reject items. The Develop module has some new features for comparing versions of an image without saving them all using Virtual Copies and Snapshots.
“Everything, from image viewing and evaluation tools to timesaving editing features, was developed with the help of photographers,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Adobe’s Creative Solutions Business Unit. “This was truly a collaborative effort and we extend our thanks to everyone who provided invaluable feedback to help us deliver a powerhouse professional photography tool.”
The Photoshop Lightroom is supported by Mac OS X and Windows XP and is a Universal Binary application for native compilation on both the PowerPC and Macs running an Intel chip.
Source [PC World]