Lightroom public beta adds Before and After, more

Adobe on Tuesday announced an update to their public beta release of Lightroom, their pro photographer workflow software. The new release adds features suggested by beta testers, including enhancements to export size and resolution and improved metadata selection with print output and RGB value readouts.

The Develop module has added Before and After preview tools and History features, so photographers can preview and track changes. A new Web module provides live previews of HTML and Flash output. An additional Straighten tool helps to correct camera angle issues. Keywords can be exported and imported. Module settings can be saved with collections or shoots. And Auto Import and Hot Folder support let photographers automatically add images to the Lightroom library from selected directories.

Seen as a competitor to Apple’s own Aperture software, Lightroom is aimed squarely at pro photographers. The software features Adobe Camera Raw 3.4 support and can import more than 120 native raw file formats. New camera models supported in this beta include the Canon EOS 30D, Epson R-D1s, Leaf Aptus 65 and Aptus 75, Olympus Evolt E-330 and SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2 and Samsung GX-1S.

Lightroom beta 3.0 requires Mac OS X v10.4.3 and is available as a Universal Binary for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. Recommended system requirements call for a G4/1GHz or faster, 768MB RAM and 1024 x 768 resolution display. The public beta is a free download.

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