Well, I got a Quad Core system with 4Gb ram and a GeForce 8600GT (replaced it with my 8800GTS for the weekend though) to test and as I was going to download the photoshop trial to see how well it handled the RAW images compared to my dual core, I noticed Adobe Lightroom.
I knew it was there, just never took the time to download the trial and use it.
So downloaded it, and opened up some stuff with it, and WOW, the interface is amazing! I have used aperture and it was pretty good to, but its a mac app, so its expected to look good, most of the time the PC versions of these apps are more function over form, but Adobe has hit it on the head this time, and the interface is amazing. Simple as it may seem, the greatest thing about it, FULL SCREEN EDITING with BRIGHTNESS CONTROLS - Now that is great. It aids when you really just need to be drawn into the one application and the lighting controls let you get a good idea of the colour and brightness of your photo against the black rather than the interface, or even a toned down interface.
The application is really simple to use, and has a great amount of control over the images, and even has a built in section for creating a slide show or exporting a HTML / Flash page to the web.
Firstly, importing photos is great, plug the camera card in, lightroom pops up, do I want to import, yes I do, goes and copies the photos to the computer, and puts them in a pre-made Lightroom Folder and puts them there, another great thing is that as each photo is added it is free to edit or as lightroom calls it "develop" which is great rather than opening them in photoshop one by one, or even with the RAW selector part of photoshop.
The "develop" part of lightroom has plenty options for most things, and if there is something that you really need photoshop for, it has an "edit in photoshop" feature allowing you to open the file up in photoshop, and any changes made in photoshop are dynamically saved and updated in Lightroom as you are editing.
The "Slideshow", "Print", and "Web" parts of the process are also really good as depending on what you want to do with your photos, lightroom optimizes them for it. The web part also makes pre-made or custom-made HTML or Flash templates for exporting your photos to your webserver for people to view. Not really looked at the "Slideshow" and "Print" sections yet, but I'm sure they will be pretty sweet.
Anyway, does anyone here use lightroom? I am seriously thinking of buying it.
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