Adobe Fires Back

By on January 9, 2006

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.



  1. I had a brief chance to play with this over my lunch hour and at first glance it appears to be everything I had hoped iPhoto would be. It’s very clean and surprisingly quick on my three year old G4 Powerbook. It looks like it will do a fine job of organizing my photos by projects and shoots. I was seriously contemplating Aperture, but the mediocre reviews have kept me away and I wasn’t sure how it would behave on my iMac. Lightroom appears to have the requisite tools I would need when managing my photos without all the overhead required by Aperture. 15 minutes is not enough time to formulate a good opinion so I will investigate further this evening.

  2. Cool, good job, i like you site. i am wishing you a new clients and be happy with your further projects. Mark (ex-golden boy:-))

  3. I’ve got my courage up to see “the voice”, I’ll just figure out the San Francisco VIP and working it out with my friends and meeting them at the seats, but still go to the Santa Rosa one…

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