Graphics software giant Adobe on Tuesday released an update to its photographic workflow application, Lightroom. Among the changes in Lightroom beta 2.0 is that the application is now available as a Universal Binary, which means it can run natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs.
The beta also includes new Crop and Straighten tools in the Develop module, the ability to add music to slideshows, and the ability to create hierarchical keyword lists to give photographers the ability to group and manage image keywords more efficiently.
Adobe also improved Edit functionality to provide photographers with more options for choosing how an image is delivered to Adobe Photoshop CS2 based on its native file format.
outlined its Intel plans for Creative Suite and other products saying they do not plan to re-release current applications just to add Intel support.
Lightroom Public Beta 2.0 for Macintosh OSX Tiger (10.4.3) is available for free download from the
Adobe Labs Web site. Recommended system requirements for the beta are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 768MB RAM and 1024×768 resolution screen.
Adobe said the final product is expected to be introduced in late 2006. Further details around pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.