Reviews and Problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
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Adobe Lightroom 3
9 January 2012
Summary: All in all, Lightroom has many features that makes it better than much of the free photo management software out there (i.e. iPhoto, Picasa) such as the built in noise reduction tools and the masking tools. The level of organization available for photo albums is also a step above other programs out there.
Conclusion: Lightroom 3 looks to be taking the software in the right direction, although for beta users you will be mainly seeing under the hood changes rather than anything that will visually knock your socks off from the get go. Adobe is clearly following Microsoft and the Windows 7 route here by allowing its user base to get to grips with the software in order to hear how they use it so the package can be improved.
Pros: New features, quicker, more options, flickr support, no current information on whether you'll be able to export catalogue into full version
Cons: Can't currently import Lightroom 2 catalogue, Not the full package, Beta runs out in 2010
Summary: Lightroom is a sophisticated, intelligent application, and I'd recommend it to professional photographers. I just wish its features were included in other Adobe apps; I'm a little annoyed that it's an extra expense.
Pros: Incredible array of searchable metadata elements, huge variety of colour and exposure adjustments, excellent printing features, photo edits are non-destructive
Cons: Felt sluggish on a 3.2GHz Pentium 4-based system