Adobe has released a public beta of their version of Apple’s Aperture called Lightroom.
Adobe Lightroom Beta is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. Its clean, elegant interface literally steps out of the way and lets you quickly view and work with the images you shot today, as well as the thousands of images that you will shoot over the course of your career. Because no two photographers work alike, Adobe Lightroom adapts to your workflow, not the other way around.
Interestingly enough they only released the beta in an OS X version. They claim a Windows version will follow. That’s kind of backward from Adobe’s usual practices. I’ve played with Aperture a bit and I’ll post my thoughts on Lightroom when I get home and have a chance to play with it (no Tiger at work). Hopefully the retail pricing will be a bit less than the $500 price tag on Aperture, but since it’s Adobe I doubt it.