Feb 13, 2006

Adobe Lightroom Public Beta 2 Released

What’s New? (From the Beta 2 Read Me)

Now available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with Intel-based Apple hardware
Crop and Straighten tools included in the Develop module
Ability to add music to slideshows
White balance support for the Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D50 cameras
Ability to create hierarchical keyword sets
XMP Import and Export capabilities. (Please consult Known Issues list for details)
Improved Edit in Photoshop capabilities
Improved metadata handling

Minimum Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.0 (Tiger) or higher
G4 or G5 processor (Yes, we will work on a PowerBook)
768 MB RAM (preferably more)
1GB or more free hard drive space

The Adobe Lightroom Beta 2 is available from
Additional information and direct feedback can be obtained at the Lightroom Forums;
Lightroom Beta General Discussion
Lightroom Beta Feature Requests
Lightroom Beta Bug Reports

Beta 2 report by Jeff Schewe-images ©2005 by Jeff Schewe.

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Lightroom Beta 2 introduces a slew of new features-notably, the addition of a lot more metadata support.

Beta 2 support all of IPTC Core, the new IPTC for XMP scheme which is also supported by Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Bridge. The drop down menu allows you to select which metadata is visible in the panel.

You can now create metadata presets for easy application to mass images.

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Clicking new opens a new dialog allowing you to specify which fields you wish to mass apply and save as a named preset.

After saving a new preset, it will show up as a new preset in the drop down menu.

The same presets will show up in Import so you can embed metadata upon import or you can create a new preset from within Import.

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In Develop there is a new feature-Crop and Rotate-yes, the Lightroom engineers are listening…

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You can crop directly on the image and have the ability to rotate the crop-but it’s different from Camera Raw’s crop function. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s a very natural method of setting the crop and rotate.

The crop options now show up in the main Develop control panel.

The drop down menu allows entering in specific crop ratios or a custom crop.

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In Slideshow, you can now attach music from your iTunes music library.

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In Print, Page Setup information is now saved with templates, including page size, orientation, and target printer.

Intel Mac Support
Lightroom is now a Universal Binary, running natively on both PowerPC Macintosh systems (10.4 and up) and Intel Macintosh systems.

Crop and Straighten
Lightroom now supports cropping and straightening of photos.

Enhanced Metadata handling

•Metadata support has been added for many IPTC fields. The complete list is shown when “all” is selected from the metadata field list menu (Menu is available from the metadata panel header). When editing a field, press Enter to commit the field to the Lightroom database.

•Metadata can be exported to the file system using either of the following methods:
-Exporting or synchronizing the XMP sidecar
-Export from the File menu.

Metadata can be imported to Lightroom using any of the following methods -Importing or synchronizing the XMP sidecar (This will overwrite the existing Lightroom metadata) -Synchronizing the XMP sidecar file will allow Lightroom to add only the latest changes to the Lightroom database -Lightroom will ingest a file’s metadata during the initial import process.

When exporting an XMP sidecar, a new XMP sidecar file is written using the contents of the Lightroom database. In addition to the read-only Exif fields and IPTC fields Lightroom also writes out the collection, shoot, keywords, develop settings and ratings. Once exported, the fields can be seen in Adobe Bridge. In addition, a text editor can view the sidecar file where all of the described metadata is stored.

Note Regarding Lightroom and Adobe Bridge Metadata Interoperability: Bridge will occasionally not recognize changes to the sidecar file written by Lightroom. Try the following solutions: -In Bridge refresh the folder by selecting F5 -In Bridge Choose Tools -> Cache -> Purge Cache for this folder.

The “synchronize” feature attempts to automatically pick up changes from both the file system and the database and update both of them at once. For example, after changing the orientation of an image in Adobe Bridge and changing the rating of that image in Lightroom, synchronize will adopt the most recent changes from each source.

Synchronization can be set to run automatically in the preference panel. If synchronization fails because a single field was changed in both places, a question mark icon appears on the image. A manual import or export of the sidecar will fix this. Once the question mark icon appears, the file is not synchronized for any field.

On export, Lightroom not only writes XMP data but also duplicates some of the metadata into legacy file formats known as IPTC-IIM and Exif. This is not to be confused for the sets of fields that are also known as IPTC and Exif. The legacy formats are primarily for use with Non-Adobe applications.

•Page Setup information is now saved with templates, including page size, orientation, and target printer Library

•Lightroom now supports hierarchical collections and keywords .

•The Compare mode in the Library has additional functionality for dragging ratings and comparing one image to many .

•Edit in Photoshop enhancements for layered TIFF files.

•When using 22 megapixel images, screen re-draw can get really slow.

•Photoshop files (PSD) open in Preview but not in Lightroom.

•Some undo functions show the wrong text when undoing.

•There are some flaws with the current implementation of Lightroom -Adobe Bridge metadata interoperability. The Lightroom team is aware of certain issues with read-only files and some .CR2 raw files. Please report any issues you find to the bug forum on

•Lightroom does not currently read Adobe Camera Raw settings from Bridge or Photoshop.

•If the local iTunes version is not currently up to date, there may appear to be a hang when using the Playlist feature in Slideshow. This is due to the iTunes update dialog appearing behind the Lightroom application.

•Adobe Bridge does not read sidecar files or the associated metadata for CR2 or JPEG files. A current workaround is to apply the metadata in Photoshop.

•Open the file in Photoshop Select File • File Info dialog Select the “Advanced” entry from the list box Press “Replace…” then choose the sidecar file for the image Re-save the image file.

•When importing images directly from a digital camera, if the camera is disconnected mid-stream, no error message is seen and the last image being imported fails.

•Import fails for some types of TIFF files.

•When trying to import images with a very long shoot name (>256 characters), import fails.

•Some Canon PowerShot S40 RAW files are not recognized and JPEg files are not seen by Lightroom.

•Renaming on import doesn’t always work.

•External HD with DCIM in root causes auto Import function that can not be stopped for a very, very long time on Powerbooks only.

•With some Canon Rebel XT cameras, you cannot directly import into Lightroom from the camera.

•8 Bit Grayscale files do not import correctly.

•When using Lightroom with hundreds of shoots, or multiple thousands of photos, the app can be sluggish.

•If you bring many files into Print via the Filmstrip, Print will become sluggish.

•Custom profiles do not carry over with the upgrade to the Beta 2 database.

•Pdf files which are generated through Slideshow do not honor any of Slideshow settings such as Margins, Custom objects, Ratings etc.

•LZW compression in TIFF export is not functioning.

About the Lightroom Beta, from Adobe labs: Note: This is a public beta, not a final release. Neither the quality nor the features are yet completed. We want to show you our direction and get your feedback so that we can incorporate it into future releases.

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