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Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 to ship February 19  
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith
lightroom_boxshot_left.jpgAdobe has announced that Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 for Mac and Windows will ship on February 19, 2007 at an introductory price of US$199. The company's pro photo management and RAW conversion software, which has evolved through a public beta process that resulted in over 500,000 photographers downloading the work-in-progress application, can be pre-ordered now by photographers in the USA, Canada and perhaps elsewhere too.
 
The February 19 release will be English only; the French and German versions of Photoshop Lightroom are slated to ship on February 28, 2007, while the Japanese version is to be out March 23, 2007. The English version of beta 4.1 of Photoshop Lightroom is set to expire on February 28, 2007; the Japanese version, April 30, 2007.
 
Pricing
 
The introductory price of US$199 applies to the USA and Canada, and possibly other locales, though we're not sure about that as of this writing. This price is to rise to US$299 after April 30, 2007 (the price in the education market will be US$99). The French and German versions will debut at an introductory price of €174 (ex VAT). After June 28, 2007, that price will climb to €249 (ex VAT). The Japanese version will debut at a price of ¥22,000 (before tax). After July 23, 2007, the price will be ¥32,000 (before tax).
 
Free to RawShooter Premium owners
 
In a recent Lightroom forum post, Tom Hogarty, Adobe product manager for the application, notes that registered users of the now-defunct Pixmantec RawShooter Premium application will receive a full license of Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 at no charge:
 

The offer to provide Lightroom 1.0 free of charge to Pixmantec RawShooter Premium customers was disclosed via the FAQ on Pixmantec.com. (http://www.pixmantec.com/pdf/FAQ_Pixmantec.pdf) The offer still stands and Adobe will contact customers via the email address they used in the purchase process for RawShooter Premium. The program will begin the same day that Lightroom 1.0 ships but not before.

The tool to convert RSP settings to visually similar Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom settings is also in development and I hope to provide it at the same time. (Caveat: Visually similar does not mean identical given the difference in processing algorithms)

 
Trial version also coming February 19
 
A downloadable trial version of Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 will also come available simultaneous with the program's release on February 19.
 
Camera Raw 3.7 will emerge at the same time
 
February 19 will be a busy one for Adobe: on that day, the company will make available Camera RAW 3.7, a new version of the RAW file processing plug-in for Photoshop CS2 that will bring cross-application compatibility between Lightroom and Photoshop CS2 RAW processing settings stored in a RAW photo's companion sidecar XMP file. Processing settings that the two programs share can be adjusted in one and recognized in the other.
 
If the processing feature is something that Lightroom offers but Camera Raw doesn't - such as dust spotting - Camera Raw will honour the feature's setting and convert the RAW data accordingly or, optionally, remove the setting altogether. To fine-tune a Lightroom-only RAW processing setting, however, will require a return trip to Lightroom.
 
Software development kit planned
 
Adobe is also preparing a software development kit (SDK) that will enable third-party developers to extend the functionality of Photoshop Lightroom. The SDK's features and the timing of its release have not been announced.
 
Changes since beta 4.1
 
Changes in Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, relative to beta version 4.1, include much-improved image versioning and keywording, an organizational structure for the program's database that more closely tracks with the actual folder hierarchy, a total of three different image ranking methods (ratings, pick/reject and labels), dust spot removal and a nifty targeted adjustment tool. RAW files from the Nikon D40, Nikon D80 and Pentax K10D are newly-supported as well.
 
System requirements
 
Minimum system requirements have been set as follows:
 
Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
  • 768 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • 1 GB of available hard drive space
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
  • CD-ROM drive
Windows
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor
  • 768 MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 1 GB of available hard drive space
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
  • CD-ROM drive
 
Note that Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 will not be fully-compatible with Windows Vista initially. Specifically, CD/DVD burning isn't supported from within Lightroom when the operating system is Microsoft's latest. Adobe's Hogarty expects that an update to Lightroom later this year will resolve the problem, though a release date for that hasn't been set.
 
Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 screenshots
 
Showtime: Screenshots from Photoshop Lightroom 1.0. Click any screenshot to enlarge. (Screenshots courtesy Adobe)
 
Links
Press release
 
More information is in the press release below.
 

Press Release

Adobe Debuts Photoshop Lightroom 1.0
Over 500,000 Beta Testers Help Shape New Digital Photography Software
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2007 — Adobe® Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom™ 1.0 software is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship in mid-February 2007. Photoshop Lightroom enables professional photographers to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs, helping photographers spend more time behind the lens and less time at the computer. With more than 500,000 photographers participating in the public beta program over the last 12 months, Photoshop Lightroom now includes a wealth of innovative features that streamline digital photography workflows. Recognizing the photography community for their efforts, Adobe is offering Photoshop Lightroom at a special introductory price of US $199 through April 30, 2007 at the Adobe Store. Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299.
“It’s an unlikely scenario that professional photographers would moonlight as software developers,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president, Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe. “Fortunately for us, they were willing to give it a shot. Everything, from image viewing and evaluation tools to timesaving editing features, was developed with the help of photographers. This was truly a collaborative effort and we extend our thanks to everyone who provided invaluable feedback to help us deliver a powerhouse professional photography tool.”
 
Lightroom Feature Advancements
 
Photoshop Lightroom includes new functionality added since beta 4.1, with significant changes to the Library and Develop modules complementing improvements to the Slideshow, Print and Web components. While in the Library module, new advanced keywording tools help photographers filter through large collections, and an improved import dialogue with more flexible file handling allows more choice when determining file location. The new Key Metadata Browser provides quick access to key information tags with an improved ranking and rating system that now incorporates color labels and a pick/reject system that sorts and locates photographs faster than ever. New to the Develop module, Virtual Copies and Snapshot tools help present multiple versions of the same image, providing the most choice to clients without the confusion of saving separate physical versions.
Additional tools added include a Hue, Saturation and Luminance targeted adjustment tool for precise and intuitive image edits. Clone and Healing features provide non-destructive edits to eliminate sensor dust across one or many images.
 
High-Quality Raw Processing
 
Photoshop Lightroom leverages Adobe Camera Raw technology and supports over 150 native raw file formats, in addition to JPEG and TIFF, bringing raw conversion into a single workflow experience. The latest camera models supported include the Nikon D40 and D80 and the Pentax K10D. This support means that photographers can use Lightroom with even the newest cameras on the market, knowing that the image files will be recognized today and in the future. Upon import, files can be converted to the Digital Negative specification (DNG) or renamed and segmented by folder or date. DNG is an industry-wide initiative to create a universal file format for solving workflow and archiving issues. It aims to eliminate barriers to new camera adoption while giving professional photographers the confidence that their digital body of work is securely archived and will remain accessible as digital imaging technology evolves.
 
“Photoshop Lightroom gives me the capabilities to get everything out of a raw file. Now I can easily duplicate enhancements and apply them across a range of similar images almost instantly,” said Denis Reggie, a nationally renowned celebrity and society wedding photographer. “Lightroom is brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed. I can see my digital workflow moving fully to Lightroom now that it is final.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will ship in mid-February 2007 and is available for pre-order in the United States and Canada through the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store for a special introductory price of US $199. The $100 discount is offered to all customers through April 30, 2007 in appreciation of loyal Photoshop users, early supporters of Photoshop Lightroom and beta participants who devoted time, energy and feedback throughout the process. Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor or Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2, Intel® Pentium 4® Processor, and 768 MB RAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a Universal Binary application that will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems.
 
The announcement of Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 signifies the official conclusion of the groundbreaking Lightroom beta program. Users of Lightroom beta will have access to the program until its expiration on February 28, 2007.
 
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
 
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

Revision History
• Added information about RawShooter Premium (January 29, 2007)

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