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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:01 am 
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Adobe have released Lightroom 2 including many new feature:

    Local adjustment brush
    Enhanced organizational tools
    Volume management
    Extensible architecture
    Multiple monitor support
    Flexible print package functionality
    Streamlined Photoshop CS3 integration
    Enhanced output sharpening
    64-bit support for Windows® and Mac OS


There's more detail here and in the press release here.

I know a lot of people have been waiting for multiple monitor support but to me the most important new features are the improvements to local adjustments and, in beta form, support for camera specific profiles available to download here. The custom profiles are designed to emulate the manufacturer’s own conversions and picture styles.

It's also well worth reading this article for an extremely detailed list of the new features.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:05 pm 
I've moved back to Lightroom after spending some time with the Aperture demo. Must say, I prefer how Lightroom operates, particularly for managing images. It's far less complicated. New version seems tidy enough although I've not explored it properly. I did notice that you still can't select images by focal length or specify custom metadata outside a number of set options.

Why can I choose from ALL metadata, Adobe?


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Welly wrote:
I did notice that you still can't select images by focal length...


if you're talking about lightroom... yes you can :)

EDIT:... my mistake... confused it with lens type :oops:


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The spot editing is really sophisticated. A big improvement over LR1.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:58 pm 
thomasrichards wrote:
Welly wrote:
I did notice that you still can't select images by focal length...


if you're talking about lightroom... yes you can :)

EDIT:... my mistake... confused it with lens type :oops:


You can kind of do a search for say "75mm" but that will search ALL data that contains 75mm and you can't seem to create a smart collection of photos that contain 75mm. It's rather annoying.


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i want to try out the trial version... would i be able to do a roll-back to 1.4 incase i don't want 2.0? (my machine might not be fast enough to run it stable)... or would i have to re-install 1.4?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:01 pm 
Not sure if you can roll back. I'd assume you can't. Just make a duplicate of your lightroom catalogue and use that. Your original images won't be touched.


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i must say i'm impressed... by the fact that it runs quite a bit faster than 1.4 :shock:

i'm glad that the layout changes are so minimal... nothing i hate more than having to refamiliarise myself with upgraded software :x

... also my photos seems brighter/clearer now... but that could just be me :lol:


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