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15 April 2013
A year after releasing Lightroom 4, Adobe has posted a public beta of Lightroom 5 for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
Highlighting the new release, new Lightroom Product Manager Sharad Mangalick said, are an Advanced Healing Brush, an Upright Tool to correct perspective, a Radial Gradient tool to enhance vignettes, Smart Previews to leave your library behind, Video slide shows and improvements to the Book module.
We've been playing with the beta over the weekend. See our preview with notes from the briefing for what we learned.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta Now Available
Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 beta for Windows and Mac. Adobe Lightroom is the essential photography workflow application allowing photography enthusiasts and professionals to enhance organize and share photos. The Lightroom 5 beta offers a free, public preview of new features and tools that will be offered in the final release, expected later this year.
"Lightroom is the essential tool for busy professional and discerning amateur photographers, who are uncompromising in the pursuit for image quality or searching for artistic expression," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of digital imaging products, Adobe. "The Lightroom 5 beta is highly valuable in ensuring the new features support and address the needs of our customers and we look forward to hearing feedback."
Lightroom 5 beta offers photographers and enthusiasts many new features including:
- Advanced Healing Brush allows customers to heal imperfections and remove distracting elements
- Upright tool analyzes an image to automatically level horizons and straighten objects like buildings to correct a keystone effect
- Radial Gradient tool creates off-center or multiple vignette effects
- Smart Previews allow customers to edit images without needing the original Raw file
- Video slide show enables customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slide show
- Upgrades to the Book module enhancing the ability to create, customize and order elegant photo books using a variety of tailored templates
Lightroom 5 beta marks the fifth consecutive version Adobe has offered the software for public preview and testing prior to the final release. Adobe encourages customers to provide comments through its community forums on both new and legacy features. Feedback offered may be integrated into updates added before the final version of the software is released.Pricing & Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 beta is available immediately as a free download on both Windows and Mac at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/. Customers can submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: http://feedback.photoshop.com. Customers can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook, via Twitter or on the Adobe Lightroom blog. For Lightroom how-to videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/lightroom.