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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Photo Post Production and Library Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Where to Buy: [Full version] [Upgrade] [Digital Download Windows] [Digital Download Mac OS X] (Affiliate)
Price: US$149 for Full, US$79 for Upgrade.
System Requirements: For Windows: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor, Microsoft® Windows Vista® with Service Pack 2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, 2GB of RAM, 1GB of available hard-disk space, 1024x768 display, DVD-ROM drive, Internet connection required for Internet-based services. For Mac OS: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7, 2GB of RAM, 1GB of available hard-disk space, 1024x768 display, DVD-ROM drive, Internet connection required for Internet-based services.
Specifications: Partial Feature List


  • Easy to use but powerful workflow
  • Good results are fast to achieve
  • For Nikon users: Proper colours, finally!
  • US$149 price point is hard to ignore


  • Slow, slow, slow. Performance issues are present
  • Expects to be the centre of your workflow; stepping out of it can make things awkward
  • It is slow. It bears repeating. Are you sure you want to use that D800 with this?

Summary: Adobe's Lightroom has reached version 4, and we take a look at its two main modules, and how it works for one of the last holdouts against it. There are some performance issues, but it is capable of some great results. The performance issues cannot be overlooked that easily however, and it does cost the software some points in overall usability. The new price point makes it a relative bargain for many, however. Read more...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Adobe's Lightroom 4 Beta Previewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:00 AM

"The Lightroom 4 beta introduces quite a list of features, including a completely new book-creation module, expanded support for video, soft proofing capability, and geo-tagging of still and video images via a Google Maps-powered module. Image editing tools have also been significantly updated, with a new process version (PV2012) that includes a reworking of the Basic panel controls and new localized editing options."

Adobe has announced a beta for Lightroom 4, and DPReview takes a look at the changes. While they look interesting, I am plenty invested in my current workflow to not start using a Lightroom-based one. I guess there are a lot more people who are excited though, so take a look at the comprehensive preview.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.5 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.5 Release Candidates

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:40 AM

For Lightroom and Photoshop users, the release candidates for Lightroom 3.5 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.5 are out. Updates adds a number of cameras (including the newest Olympus and Panasonic cameras), as well as lens profiles. Check it out if you're on an Adobe workflow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Real iPad Photography App: Photosmith

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 01:30 PM

"Professional photographers who use Lightroom have one more excuse reason to swap an iPad for their MacBook while traveling. Squared Enterprises has released Photosmith, an iPad app for organizing your photos on the road before importing them into Lightroom."

When people talk about photography apps for the iPad, they tend to talk about apps that control the miserable thing that is in the iPad2. For us people who take photography seriously however, this is what we mean by a useful app. In this case, it is the ability to apply your Lightroom cataloguing workflow out in the field before hitting your desktop. My only concern is memory space; even a 64GB iPad may not be enough if one is out in the field for a long long time. That and the fact you need Lightroom as your Digital Asset Management (DAM) software. So if you have both an iPad and Lightroom 3, go check this out!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

ACDSystems Releases ACDSee Pro 4

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:46 AM

"Take your digital photos to the highest standard. ACDSee Pro 4 will help get you there fast, with all the tools you need for everything you shoot. Manage, view, process and publish your images in one full-featured application. You'll enjoy organized files, achieve stunning visual results, and free up more time to spend behind the camera."

I've been a huge fan of ACDSee for years - I've used every version of their product since the mid '90s - but I have to admit I'm not terribly enthused by this upgrade in their Pro line. The cost of the upgrade for owners of Pro 3 is high; $167.99 for the upgrade (compared to $99 for the Lightroom upgrade for example). When I look at the list of what's new, I don't see many things that make me say "Oh yeah, I've been waiting for that!". Pro 4 offers a better metadata panel, metadata presets, a location-based map view, improved raw rendering and vignette correction, chromatic aberration fixes...and that's about it. There's mention of an HDR feature on the product home page - and I don't think that's in Pro 3 - but the What's New page doesn't mention the HDR feature as being who knows? Read more...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Six Reasons Why Adobe Lightroom 3 Should Be in Your Digital Toolkit

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Back in 2009, I reviewed Lightroom 2 - and gave it a fairly glowing review. I spent a fair bit of time evaluating different raw process solutions back then, and Lightroom 2 was the best one out there. A year and a bit later, Adobe has released version 3 of this software tool and it's only gotten better. All of the basics are still the same, so rather than repeating what I've already covered in my review of v2, I thought I'd cover off some of the things that I like the most about Lightroom 3 ($285.99 USD full version, affiliate). Here they are. Read more...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

What happened to Lightroom 3.1? I have no idea. But Lightroom has jumped from 3.0 to 3.2, and this new update adds support for new cameras, corrections for "issues", Facebook publishing, and over 120 new lens profiles. I wonder if one of the "issues" is performance? Lightroom 3.0 often feels sluggish to me, even on strong hardware. I'm downloading it now...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adobe Lightroom 3 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Adobe Photoshop Lightroom first saw the light of day in January 2006, as a publicly available beta. Its intended audience, then as now, was professional and enthusiast photographers who want to organize and edit images - primarily RAW files - quickly and simply. For this reason, it doesn't offer layers, or any of Photoshop CS5's various graphic design-oriented features, and originally it offered very little in the way of pixel-level adjustments either." has their writeup on Lightroom 3, and liked it a lot. Since I'm still not going to use Adobe Camera RAW for my photos, I will give this a pass. For others though, Lightroom 3 offers plenty of power for organising and doing workflow edits to your photos. I tried the beta and quite liked its organisation-to-editing capabilities. I'm looking forward to what Phase One comes up with when it updates its acquisition of Expression Media (formerly iView Media Pro), and see how the two compare. I know they're different, but it's interesting to see how they'll shape up.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Maximum PC's Raw Photo Editor Round-Up Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:33 AM

"Forget about JPEGs. You should be working with raw files, editing your photos at their most molecular level. We compare five raw image-conversion and editing apps that promise to take your photography to a higher plane of awesomeness."

Curious about what raw processing software you should use? The gang at Maximum PC has pulled together a few of the top options - although it's curious they ignored DXO Optics - and compared them to one another. It's a decent set of mini-reviews, though when the author stated that you can change ISO and shutter speed settings in a raw file, it put his article off to a bad start...I don't think he's someone who shoots or edits raw files regularly.

What do you use to process raw files? I'm still using Lightroom 2; it's one of the best pieces of software I've used, though I really wish it had automatic lens correction - that was one of my favourite things about DXO Optics.

Oh, and if you're curious, that's raw salmon in the photo above.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:50 AM

"New features in this release include tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon cameras, the ability to import and manage video files from DSLR cameras for a streamlined workflow and additional behind-the-scenes architecture enhancements for faster importing and loading of images. The addition of luminance noise reduction to the color noise reduction options already available in the beta helps photographers achieve overall exceptional image quality from high ISO images. The import experience and watermarking functionality have also been modified to reflect feedback received from the Lightroom community during the first beta period."

Anyone using the Lightroom 3 beta? I'm toying around with it on one of my laptops, but it's a sadly underpowered 1.6 Ghz AMD Neo processor that is pretty awful at keeping up with Lightroom - I'm still using Lightroom 2.0 on my main media editing computer. Lightroom 3.0 brings some pretty cool things to the table - I like that it's able to import and manage video files now. It's a hassle to insert a memory card, import the photos using Lightroom, then have to manually dig to get the video files. I don't expect Lightroom to help me edit the video files, but I do expect it to at least import them for me. Looks like Lightroom 3.0 is shaping up to be a winner!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:20 PM

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers a preview of new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr. Adobe encourages photographers to test this early selection of new features and provide the product team with their feedback."

Wow - it seems like Lightroom 2 is still the "new" version of Lightroom. Adobe has a very aggressive update schedule for Lightroom, and as long as the new features really warrant a new version number, I'm all for it - v2 of Lightroom was a big jump beyond v1. The big changes seem to be focused around sharing - there's a direct Flickr upload, and a video slideshow output option. Neither feature interests me very much - where's the HDR imaging function that's so obviously missing from the product? Adobe has put up some videos that talk about the new features. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

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