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Adobe has announce their latest software for professional digital photographer called Adobe® Lightroom™. The program will help digital photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images.

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Michael Reichmann compared the Adobe Lightroom with the Apple Aperture and wrote:


“Aperture is designed around a unitary database. In other words, it only knows about and can process and index files that lie within it. This has some theoretical advantages, but also a great many limitations from the user’s point of view. For example, an Aperture database can only be as large as one hard drive. Files located on other drives can not be part of an Aperture library. True, one can have multiple libraries, but then one can not sort, catalog, transfer and otherwise work with files between libraries.

Lightroom, on the other hand, uses a contemporary relational database structure. This means that while you can put your files directly within a Lightroom library, you don’t have to. You can add files to the Library that are located anywhere, on any drive”

Uwe Steinmueller also has written a review diary on Adobe Lightroom. In conclusion he writes:

“Lightroom is a much needed application. Especially because Apple’s Aperture has in our opinion some fundamental design flaws:

– No import by reference (Lightroom solves that)
– Limited support for cameras (Lightroom supports most of today cameras)
– Raw converter is part of the OS (we are not convinced that a pro application should depend on this)
– Aperture has very high demands on the hardware (Lightroom should work on a much broader hardware basis)
– Aperture costs $500 and this beta is free for now (planned release towards the last quarter of 2006). We hope the final price of Lightroom will be attractive (we did not hear any estimated sales prices yet).
– Aperture is Mac only (Lightroom is planned for Windows too)

Lightroom is an exciting new application. Many books will be written about Lightroom. The future of Lightroom is wide open but this beta is not a bad start.”

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