Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 2

Photoshop Lightroom 2Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac and Windows lets professional photographers import, manage and present large numbers of digital photographs. Its foundation is Adobe’s own Camera Raw technology, with support provided for a vast array of native raw file formats, as well as JPEG and TIFF. Imported files can be converted to Digital Negative specification (DNG) format or renamed and sorted by folder or date. It also provides presentation capabilities for showcasing images in print or via dynamic slideshows and interactive web galleries.

Photoshop Lightroom 2 has been available as an open beta since April of this year, following an approach begun with version 1. Version 2 provides a large jump in functionality and performance, and is touted by Adobe as being its first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista, which in both cases can lead to improved memory performance when dealing with large images.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 can be purchased on the Adobe site for $299, with demo versions also available for download. []