Adobe updates Lightroom

Just a couple of months after its release, Adobe has published the first point upgrade of its Photoshop Lightroom digital photography workflow package.

Adobe updates Lightroom

Although version 1.0 worked fine with Windows Vista, version 1.1 nonetheless adds official support for the new OS. In addition, Adobe has addressed criticism that the sharpening and noise reduction controls weren’t up to scratch for what purports to be a professional application, responding with new versions.

There’s now more sophisticated four-parameter control over sharpening and, while still limited to two parameters, noise reduction appears significantly more effective, although still not up to the standard of standalone tools such as Picturecode’s Noise Ninja (www.picturecode.com).

On the workflow front, Lightroom 1.1 introduces the idea of image catalogs rather than a single monolithic image database – this is meant to simplify multi-computer workflow methods. Different catalogs can be created, and exported in one go, which Adobe claims means “photographers can now move images and information quickly between their computers”, via the new Catalog Export option.

Read PC Pro’s review of Lightroom version 1.0 here.

The 1.1 update is a free download to existing Lightroom owners, available from

Adobe’s website.

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