Adobe releases Lightroom Beta 2 for Intel-based Macs

Adobe has released Lightroom Beta 2. The program allows users to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images. It allows you to spend less time sorting and organizing images, so you have more time to actually shoot and perfect them. Beta 2 of Lightroom is a Universal application that will run natively both on PowerPC systems and on the new Intel-based Macs.

This is prerelease software that includes the following new features:
• Available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with Intel-based Apple hardware
• Crop and Straighten tools included in the Develop module
• Ability to add music to slideshows
• White balance support for the Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D50 cameras
• Ability to create hierarchical keyword sets
• XMP Import and Export capabilities. (Please consult Known Issues list for details)
• Improved Edit in Photoshop capabilities
• Improved metadata handling

Adobe notes: This is a public beta, not a final release. Neither the quality nor the features are complete yet. We want to show you our direction and get your feedback so that we can incorporate it into future releases.

More info and download link here.

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25 Comments

  1. Hmmmmmmmm…..Lightroom beta that is PowerPC and Intel compliant, but Aperture isn’t and there is no way to know when Photoshop will be compliant for both platforms…

    There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark…and it ain’t the cartoons…

  2. very interested to hear performance reviews from anyone. esp compared to the g5 imac, the speed of the interface etc…

    adobe must have moved to an Xcode environment b4 they started development on this app.

  3. Adobe, you want my suggestions.

    Fix that old, tired Photoshop, and make Photoshop a better tool for RAW images and I won’t need Lightroom or Aperture.

    And, stop pushing that stupid website that tries to show how long you’ve been working on Lightroom. A photo of Graham Nash, a gay photoshoot, and a Epson party doesn’t mean anything. The fact that you are trying to copy Apple’s Aperture says volumes.

  4. Remember that one news, some guy called Steve Jobs ‘ pig headed ‘
    i think it was the CEO of REAL.COM ( Real Media Networks )

    I can’t believe his company’s stock almost doubled since he made that comment.

    O well, i shorted their stock at $8.42, i think their earnings will be dissapointing, even if they arent… everything is already factored in.

  5. Teflon – lots of anger there.

    Without Photoshop I, and lots of others, would be out of business.

    I doubt they are copying Apeture. More like Apple copying Photoshop to make a program for digital photographers.

  6. I actually dislike where ADOBE is going also

    They havent made any improvements to Photoshop in years, they just change the version names but..

    Crap still takes 1-2-3 minutes just to load..

    Not practical.

    I expect Apple to compe up with a nice tool be a photoshop alternative.

    Adobe now also owns macromedia ( very sad )

    which means they are to big to be able to keep up with the future.

    the good news ( relief ) is that now Apple is looking out for us the 1/2 professionals who want perfection and simplicity.

  7. look at adobe and how they even copy the dark background theme used in aperature, even for their website.
    really confirms to me that lightroom is just a rip-off of aperature and that if aperature had never been released we’d never have heard of lightroom.

    are adobe the company they used to be? you know a company that could innovate? or are they just out to make as much revenue as possible. ie the whole creative suite crap they try to sell now.

    in my opinion theyre not, i really get a strong sense that its all about the money for adobe now.

    and if im right on that, the time is right for apple to develop their own pro image editor, and pro vector editor.

  8. why was this post deleted by the moderator???


    look at adobe and how they even copy the dark background theme used in aperature, even for their website.
    really confirms to me that lightroom is just a rip-off of aperature and that if aperature had never been released we’d never have heard of lightroom.

    are adobe the company they used to be? you know a company that could innovate? or are they just out to make as much revenue as possible. ie the whole creative suite crap they try to sell now.

    in my opinion theyre not, i really get a strong sense that its all about the money for adobe now.

    and if im right on that, the time is right for apple to develop their own pro image editor, and pro vector editor.

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