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New in Lightroom 2.0 beta

Adobe says Lightroom 2.0 beta includes an improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that
match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. “The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well
as the use of keywords in neighboring images.”

Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support
for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer’s workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow.

Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be
performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program.

Beta Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period.

NOTE: You have to go through Adobe’s silly registration system to download the software. Why? I have no idea. Be prepared to jump through password hoops that dollars to donuts, you don’t remember.

Until I can get some help from Adobe, I won’t be able to give you any more information on this product.

Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. It’s an Adobe/Apple arms race, and the consumers are the winner! I’m so happy for the dual monitor support (and it shows that Adobe does listen to reasonable feature requests!)- it’s been running solid for me, and handled a 10,000+ image import without a problem (including photo adjustments made in versions 1.0-1.3).

    It’s definitely a little sluggish compared to 1.3, but I’m sure there’s a ton of beta code in this. I love it so far.

  2. Wow! This is fantastic news to see! I love TWIP! I’m downloading right now. Oh and I remember my login info. :P

  3. Great! Just when I thought I was done paying for software for a while… :)

    Sounds great, I’ll give it a whirl, there are too many nice new features to ignore. I do wonder how much we will have to pay for the upgrade, though.

  4. Nice to see the addition of Dodge and Burn features, something I’ve been missing. There’s now even less reason to use Photoshop to manipulate your photos.

  5. Hey, is this an upgrade that Lightroom users can upgrade to for free when its no longer a Beta or is this one we’d have to pay for? Just wondering…..

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