At last, a guest who knows a good martini when he is offered one. This week’s guest, Tom Hogarty, besides being discriminating beverage connoisseur, is also the Adobe Project Manager for Lightroom, Camera Raw and the DNG file format. We wanted to talk with Tom specifically about the Lightroom part of his job, because the newest version of the product is currently in public beta (from Adobe Labs), meaning it’s downloadable for you to check out yourself. Yes, you’re welcome.
Tom concisely calls Lightroom his digital assistant, that is, the device which handles all the necessary tasks for managing your digital photography. Then we remind him that it’s “Martini Hour” (even if it’s more like a half-hour) and he can be a little more effusive.
Here are some of Tom’s favorite things about the Lightroom 3 Beta that he graciously shares with us:
Lightroom 3 beta has improved image processing, not only for images you’re shooting now, but upgrades to the raw processor will actually allow you to return to previously processed raw files and get better results. Tom’s other big favorite is the new web connectivity which allows you to post your images to Flickr, and recieve feedback directly in the Lightroom interface. Yes, folks, digital image processing has gone “social.”
For his Toast of the Week (or TOTW as Deke spontaneously likes to call it much to my apparent confusion) Tom raises his triangular glass to the community of Lightroom users, including his MVCs, those most valuable contributors who are helping make Lightroom as great as it can be.
If you’re thinking about checking out the next version of Lightroom while it’s still cooking (and free) then this is the show for you. Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. For you audiophiles out there, here’s the link to the high-quality (320kbps) version. Be sure to download, don’t stream. And don’t forget the usual suggestion to subscribe via iTunes.