June 14, 2006 – Four months after its second update, Adobe released its Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 photo management software yesterday. Upgrades include better handling of PSD and TIFF files and a resolution control in export, among others. Adobe encourages photographers to download its software and send them feedback before the Beta 3 version expires on January 30, 2007.
Adobe Project: Lightroom is the company’s "effort to engage the professional photography community in a new way, giving you the opportunity to kick the tires and shape the feature set of a new tool being created just for you," states the product’s web site. This software program marks the first time Adobe has made an end-user application available through their web site to the public before its actual launch.
The Beta 3 release will support raw files of new camera models and have improved handling of PSD and TIFF files. Before and after views will be shown in the Develop tab and a history of edits will be shown. Another straightening tool will be added as well. Users will be able to save batches of photos at a time and a host of new import and export features have been added. Pictures can be automatically imported now and there will be a keyword import/export feature. There will be a live preview of HTML/Flash output in a new web module and a new resolution control in export.
Currently, Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 is available only for Macintosh computers, but will support the Windows platform as well within a few months.