Abobe Releases Lightroom 2.0

Posted by at 1:35 pm on July 29, 2008

Now a 64 bit app with dual monitor support.

 Adobe Systems today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software.   Lightroom is a set of tools for  the serious amateur or professional photographer for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs.

Enhancements with this version include dual-monitor support, radical advancements in non-destructive image correction, and streamlined search capabilities. Adobe is also claiming improved memory performance for dealing with large-scale images over the last version.

This is Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel processors and Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems.

“A worldwide community of photographers provided valuable insight and feedback, as part of the Lightroom 2 public beta program, ultimately helping us deliver a better product,” said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Lightroom and Camera Raw at Adobe.

“Adobe really listens to the issues and challenges today’s photographers face and they’ve built a complete solution that not only meets the needs of photographers; it really feels like it was made just for us. The enhancements to Lightroom 2, combined with the power of Photoshop, give photographers the ultimate freedom to produce professional images quickly,” said Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals -“NAPP.

Other New Features

In the Develop module, the new Local Adjustment Brush lets photographers fine-tune specific areas of an image to precisely adjust color, exposure and tonal range without affecting other areas of the image.

Plus Lightroom 2 helps photographers print more efficiently, while saving money, with flexible and customizable templates to maximize paper and ink.

New Camera Raw Released

The Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in and DNG Converter 4.5 are also now available on Adobe.com and support over 190 cameras.  

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is available now through the Adobe Store  in English, French and German.   The Japanese language version will be released at a future date. The estimated street price is USD$299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD $99 for qualified registered users of Lightroom.

 

Recommended system requirements:

Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel ® based processor.

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1024×768 resolution screen.

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