Adobe Announces and Releases Lightroom 5
Adobe recently announced the availability of the latest version of its photo editing software, Lightroom 5, which brings improved workflow features and functionality highlighted by a new perspective-correcting “Upright” tool. Originally released as a beta in mid-April, the final version of Lightroom sports a new Healing Brush and an Upright tool that automatically corrects perspective for images with skewed elements. Adobe also added a new Radial Filter and the ability to create off-center vignettes.
In addition, the recently released iteration of Lightroom features new tools to improve user workflows. A Smart Preview function allows users to edit offline images when away from their primary image storage device by keeping a smaller version of the image locally. When a user edits the Smart Preview version, the changes are then saved and automatically applied to the original once the user reconnects to the primary image repository.
The new version also adds several other features including a true full screen mode, PNG file support, and assorted drag and drop capabilities for moving pictures between folders. It also gives users the ability to publish directly to Behance, as well as assorted new keyboard shortcuts to ease transitions between regularly used features.
Lightroom 5 is available for both the Mac and PC platforms. Mac users will need a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, running OS X 10.7 or higher. The software also requires 2 GB of RAM, with 4 GB recommended, 2 GB of available HDD space, and a 1024x768 display. PC users must have an Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon processor with 64-bit support, running Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8. Recommended specs include having at least 2 GB of Ram, though 4 GB would be optimal, as well as 2 GB of HDD space and a 1023x768 display.
Those of you interested in purchasing the software can do so from Adobe’s website (hit the source link). Users who are upgrading from an earlier version will only have to pay $79 while new users will have to cough up $149. Those of you who are already subscribed to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service will find that the new software is included in your membership.