Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, first released as a public beta in October 2009 and now a stable shipping product, has been completely redesigned with a new performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and an improved raw processing engine, Adobe announced on Tuesday.
"There have been over 600,000 downloads of the Lightroom 3 public beta, which has supplied us with a huge amount of valuable feedback from a passionate community of professional and advanced amateur photographers," said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. "The open dialog we have with our customers allows us to further improve Lightroom and provide the best tools they need to produce high-quality images. We’re happy to see that so many people are anxiously anticipating the final release, so they can start taking advantage of all the new features they had a hand in developing."
Adobe said the big emphasis on the rebuilt core was on improving speed and responsiveness. Images are said to load almost instantaneously, and efforts have been made to improve upon the import experience that it's now more intuitive. Lightroom 3 also now allows uses to import and manage DSLR video files, as well as use tethered shooting with select Nikon and Canon cameras.
Lightroom 3 is available now for $299, or $99 as a qualified upgrade.