Adobe ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

Adobe Systems announced Monday that it has shipped Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, its workflow management software for pro photographers. It’s available through April for $199, then rises to $299.

Photoshop Lightroom lets you manage, adjust and present digital photographs. Like Apple’s Aperture software, Photoshop Lightroom features non-destructive editing capabilities. It’s designed to support the most common formats used by digital cameras, including JPEG, TIFF and raw formats. Photoshop Lightroom supports more than 150 raw formats from a variety of camera makers.

Features include tools for adjusting white balance, exposure, tone curves, lens distortion and color casts. Photoshop Lightroom’s workflow is set up in a modular format.

Photoshop Lightroom has undergone an extensive public beta test for Mac OS X and Windows for the past year. Users of the beta can continue to use the software through the remainder of its activation period — the current beta expires on February, 28, 2007.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4.3 or later and a 1GHz G4 or better, 768MB RAM and 1GB hard disk space. It’s a Universal binary.

In related news, Adobe has also updated its Photoshop Camera Raw Plug-in, software that enables Photoshop to work with digital cameras’ raw format. The new release, version 3.7, adds support for Nikon D40 and Pentax K10D models. It’s also now possible to apply default image settings specific to a camera serial number, and apply default image settings specific to a camera ISO setting.

The plug-in works with Photoshop CS2 and Elements 4.0, and is required to provide compatibility with Photoshop Lightroom 1.0.

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