Lightroom 5 Beta Available

The new Lightroom 5 Beta is available for download.  You DO NOT want to convert your current catalog to Lightroom 5, in fact, it will not allow you to.  So, my suggestion is to download it, import some images and play with it.   You do not have to own Lightroom to download and use the Beta.  Here’s a link:  http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/

New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta include:

  • Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what’s being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
  • Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
  • Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer’s eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
  • Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
  • Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
  • Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
  • I’m using LR 4 now and have not been through a version upgrade before. Does Adobe charge full price for major version upgrades? The features above will be nice to have, especially the video slideshow sharing.

    • AlanL

      Brian, I’m guessing the upgrade will be $79 which is half the full price. That’s the way it’s always been in the past.

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