Photoshop Lightroom lets you manage, adjust, and present digital photos. Like Apple’s Aperture program, Photoshop Lightroom includes non-destructive editing features. It is designed to support the most common formats used in digital cameras, including JPEG, TIFF, and RAW. Photoshop Lightroom supports more than 150 RAW formats from a wide variety of manufacturers.
Among the tools included in the software, those that allow you to adjust the white balance, exposure, tone curves, lens distortion and color casts stand out. The Photoshop Lightroom workflow is configured as a modular format.
Photoshop Lightroom has gone through an extensive phase as a public beta for Mac OS X and Windows over the past few years. Beta users can continue to use the software until its activation period (the current beta expires on February 28, 2007).
The system requirements are Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and a 1 GHz or higher G4 with 768 MB of RAM and 1 GB of free hard disk space. The application is a Universal binary.
In related news, Adobe has also updated its Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in; software that allows Photoshop to recognize a wide variety of RAW formats. The new version 3.7 adds support for the Nikon D40 and the Pentax K10D. You can also apply default settings to images based on the serial number of the camera, as well as apply image settings based on the ISO setting of the camera.
The plug-in works with Photoshop CS2 and Elements 4.0 and its use is required to provide compatibility with Photoshop Lightroom 1.0.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has an approximate price of 200 EUR.