Happy Birthday Lightroom

One year ago this morning at 12:01 AM Eastern Time, Lightroom 1.0 hit the streets, or Adobe.com at least, for the first time.  Lightroom isn’t the only Adobe product that shipped on February 19th. The Camera Raw plug-in was first released as a plug-in for Photoshop 7.0.1 on February 19th 2003.  And to the best of Thomas Knoll’s recollection, Photoshop 1.0 shipped on February 19th, 1990.  Jeff Schewe over at Photoshop News has compiled a great list of "Where were you?" on the launch dates of Photoshop 1.0 and Lightroom 1.0.  It’s a fun read and Jeff is encouraging readers to add their own whereabouts on those dates. I also looked back at some of the articles surrounding the launch of the Camera Raw plug-in in 2003 and Uwe Steinmueller’s February 19th review is still available on www.outbackphoto.com.  I had to chuckle when I read Uwe’s reference to "…the impressive list of cameras supported right now." That list only highlights about a dozen cameras of the close to 30 cameras supported with the first version of the plug-in but it’s worth noting that 5 years later we’re supporting over 180 camera raw file formats.  How’s that for impressive? (Insert shameless plug for DNG here given the rapid growth in
file formats.)  
It’s been an incredible year for the Lightroom team with significant adoption and several updates to address the needs of our customers.
As noted on this blog earlier, we’re excited about the future even if it doesn’t necessarily take place on a February 19th.

11 Responses to Happy Birthday Lightroom

  1. Richard says:

    Happy Birthday. As a convert from Aperture I’m quite happy with Lightroom and even after trying the Aperture 2 upgrade I’m sticking with lightroom, it’s a great product and I look forward to it becoming even greater. Congratulations.

  2. Congratulations – but I’m also a bit disappointed: I was hoping for a LR 2.0 release on February 19th 🙂[I’m afraid we’re going to need to keep Feb 19 reserved for 1.0 products given the precedence. (I’m kidding) -TH]

  3. DonRIcklin says:

    Happy Birthday. May there be many more! It has been a great year of Learning and Using and Working on Lightroom!Thank you Adobe!Don Ricklin

  4. Mike Early says:

    Tom, I really appreciate your last comment as I would really hate to wait for next Feb 19 for the next “future” from you and your team…..

  5. Ian Farlow says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but happy birthday nevertheless. Here’s looking forward to another great year!

  6. I still remember, wait eagerly for this day last year. Congrats. 🙂

  7. ‘grats on the anniversary/birthday!LR has become my primary tool for image management and while I do have a list of “wants”, overall I am quite a satisfied user.Best of luck during your 2nd year, and am looking forward to ever bigger and better things!

  8. Josh Perkins says:

    Yea… So when is LR 2.0 going to come out???I can’t wait… and Aperture 2.0 is really like 1.6 besides the interface changes. They just met up with LR’s current 1.0 features.Hoping for an incredible 2.0 release soon!

  9. Hei, I really am enjoying LR. I am on the way of switching over from IVMP – the fact that they have been bought of Microsoft and all I heard about Lightroom made me do that.There is just one small thing missing: Lightroom should display videothumbs. Many digital cameras take videos as well and it is nice to organize all pictures taken – still and motion – in one app.[Good comment Thomas. -TH]

  10. Little late to the party, put just checking out Lightroom, looks fantastic, and happy birthday