Adobe releases Lightroom 3.2, Camera Raw 6.2

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Photographers have at least two more reasons to wake up Tuesday morning, as Adobe released Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2.

Previously available as a beta on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3.2 got a little more social with the new ability to publish photos to both Facebook and photo-sharing site SmugMug. The update also brings a number of improvements to Lightroom’s Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print, and Web modules, as well as over 120 new lens profiles to help photographers correct distortion and other undesirables.

Camera Raw 6.2 is an update to the plug-in Adobe includes with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 8, and Premiere Elements 8. It improves various aspects of Adobe’s Camera Raw support and extends support to 16 new cameras, including the Canon EOS 60D and Sony Alpha NEX-5.

Both updates are available now for existing owners of Lightroom 3 and the other aforementioned apps at Adobe’s updates page.

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Superb new noise reduction algorithms
    • Better lens correction tools and support for lens profiles
    • Ability to maintain synchronized collections
    • Great watermarking tool
    • Slideshow module now exports video


    • Still some interface anomalies
    • Publish Services needs some work
    • Lightroom’s modal nature can still inhibit workflow
    • Lacks some of the frills found in Aperture
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