What does it take to get invited back to the ‘lounge in short order? Well, we invited Tom Hogarty, Adobe Project Manager of Lightroom, back because a) he knows how to order a martini, and b) he knows a thing or two about a cool application that you can download yourself and check out. We talked with Tom a few weeks ago about Lightroom, Camera Raw, and DNG, but this week, we quiz him directly about some of the new features inside LR 3 beta (which, by the way, you can download and test drive for yourself here).
And Tom, that suave gin-martini-sipping guy he is, deftly navigates us through the new features and improvements:
For instance, in the Library module, the import experience has much more refined controls. You can visually track where from, how, and where to during the import process, which is really reassuring to me. I was especially delighted by no longer having to make or move a copy of an image: you can just “introduce” Lightroom to an image that already exists on your drive. Check it out:
The Develop module, as Tom alluded to during his last visit, has improved rendering of raw files, and added some seriously upgraded noise reduction/sharpening controls. And then of course there are the “Showcase modules” like Web, Slideshow, and Print. You can also share your images on Flickr and receive commentary right there in the Lightroom interface. Leave it to the debonair (and patient) Tom to come up with a word like “showcase” to replace the unsatisfactory “sharing” we’ve been struggling with. We’re going to steal that one.
Sit with us, sip, and learn about the features of Lightroom 3 beta. 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.
A toast to Adobe for making the beta available and listening to what users want in the next version! And be sure to check out Tom’s blog, the Lightroom Journal and follow him on twitter at @LR_Tom. You can even become a fan of Lightroom on Facebook. Cheers!