Today Adobe announced the free public beta of Photoshop Lightroom 4, the digital photography workflow solution for both professional and amateur photographers. Available for Windows and Mac as a free download from Adobe Labs, the Lightroom 4 beta previews new workflow efficiencies, and features for image processing and management.
New features in Lightroom 4 beta include:
Refined technology for shadow and highlight processing
Native support for videos shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones
The ability to create beautiful photo books from within Lightroom
An intuitive Map module with tagging controls for assigning locations
Soft proofing in the Develop module
Direct emailing of images from Lightroom
We encourage photographers to try the beta release and share feedback; there are a few avenues to do this:
With MAX 2011 only days away, I am reflecting on all the accomplishments during the past year, within Adobe and across the industry. It’s been both an exciting and tumultuous time. At Adobe, as we release new software and continue to innovate, our focus remains on enabling creative expression.
How we enable that has involved a wide range of technologies over almost 30 years. This has included inventing technology to drive the desktop publishing revolution, electronic documents, multimedia on CD-ROMs, enabling digital photography, tooling for Dynamic HTML back in Web 1.0, vector graphics, interactivity and later video on the Web, defining DNG for digital negatives, XMP for standardized metadata, deploying applications across devices, and much more.
We work to enable great expression across mediums, and where there are existing approaches that serve well we take full advantage of them. Where there are gaps in technology we invest in innovation to drive breakthroughs and enable new capabilities to support this work.
We are in another time of flux and disruption, as we have experienced before. Some of the most visually compelling work on the Web has been done in Flash over the years, but this is changing now that innovation in HTML has been moving more quickly. HTML5 can be used to deliver rich experiences on the Web, and will become ubiquitous across mobile devices and desktop computers. We love the experiences HTML5 is enabling and the standardization of a richer Web.
Adobe is developing great software around HTML5. We have of course been making tools in support of HTML for over 15 years now, and the move to HTML5 will mean even more innovation in our software. We are working on a variety of efforts around this opportunity. In addition to enhancing Dreamweaver for HTML5, one of the new areas we are working on is motion graphics and interactive design. This is what the Adobe Edge project is focusing on. Over 100,000 people have downloaded the preview release of Edge, and with feedback from the community we are continuing to add new functionality to make a really terrific new design tool for HTML.
We are actively participating in standards groups such as the W3C and contributing to the open source WebKit project to help advance HTML directly. Most recently we have contributed code to bring CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions to WebKit, and have helped advance these in web standards working groups. These capabilities enable designers to build sophisticated, magazine-style layouts on the Web. Previously, intricate print-style layouts seen in magazines, newspapers and textbooks could not be easily duplicated in website form. WebKit forms the basis of both the Apple Safari and Google Chrome browsers, and the work we have contributed is already in the WebKit main line and early builds of Chromium and has also been implemented in Internet Explorer 10 preview release.
As we increase our work on advancing HTML and resulting innovation across browsers, our efforts on Flash will be to continue to push the boundaries of expressiveness through rapid innovation with the view to explore future areas that can be brought back into the standards process for the Web.
In this way we can continue to enhance what is possible to express on the web, and you will see more contributions from Adobe to help advance HTML, even as soon as next week.
As much as we can get caught up in the dynamics of one technology versus another, there were technologies for expression before this current generation, and there will be other new technologies still to come, which we can only imagine today. Adobe’s ongoing mission is to enable you to create and express yourself and we will enable that however possible, and where it’s impossible today we will do our part to help enable it in the future.
We will be going more deeply into this and a lot more at Adobe MAX, which is October 3-5 in Los Angeles.
This is the second in a series of discussions about innovation, this time with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Shantanu has been with Adobe for 12 years, and prior to joining Adobe was co-founder of a startup focused on digital photo sharing; developed desktop and collaboration products at Silicon Graphics; and held various senior management positions at Apple.
In our previous interview, I spoke with John Warnock and next I’ll move on to conversations with some other well known industry leaders.
We realize that time is of the essence and if you take a photo via your mobile device or digital camera – you want to make it look its best and quickly share it with others. Millions of people have signed on for a Photoshop.com account and reaped the benefits of powerful Photoshop technology for those on-the-go. Formerly known as Photoshop.com, are the newly branded Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Photoshop Express Organizer, and Photoshop Express Uploader, a free set of integrated online apps for doing just that – - editing, organizing, syncing, and sharing photos. These renamed and redesigned apps are faster and more intuitive to use for uploading and organizing photos for easy access anywhere, applying quick fixes and fun effects, and sharing albums and slideshows online with family, friends, and colleagues.
We heard from many of you that you also wanted Photoshop.com to be a destination you could go for information and resources about your beloved product (celebrating 20 years this year!) – Photoshop. Well, try visiting the site now and you might be surprised to find it has magically morphed into something new. And it’s constantly evolving. Photoshop.com has updated site navigation, so you have easier access to tutorials, product information, the newly branded online Photoshop Express tools, and personal information, including your libraries, galleries, friends, and account information. You can even share other content on the site, such as tutorials you like, on Twitter and Facebook.
Also available, is the free Photoshop Express 1.3 for Android devices. This new version now lets users play back videos from their Photoshop.com online library, even in slideshow mode, and share videos in email. The Facebook Photo Upload feature also includes several performance improvements.
Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Organizer, and Uploader apps are now available on Photoshop.com in English, German, and Japanese. Adobe Photoshop Express 1.3 for Android devices is available on the Android Marketplace. Visit www.photoshop.com to create or log into your account, try out the Photoshop Express online apps, or link to downloads of Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. Check it out!
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