I mentioned Lightroom last month, and I’m still using it for most of my photo processing. One of the good things about Lightroom is that the development team are a wee bit more enthusiastic about updating and improving it than, say, the Photoshop team. Don’t get me wrong, Photoshop is seriously good software, but new features generally only appear when there’s a new version that you have to pay to get. Version 1.3 has just been released, and it’s free to all registered users.
The new version includes improved compatibility with the latest version of Mac OS, support for more of the latest digital camera RAW formats, bug fixes, and some actual new bits and bobs. The biggest change is to the Export dialog, which has been redesigned so that it’s quicker to select a preset, and has some additional options.
Also available is a software development kit (SDK) which will enable the code-inclined to create their own plugins for additional export options. This comes with some sample plugins which are moderately useful in their own right – one for uploading to Flickr, and one for connecting to an FTP server – but will probably be most useful as guides to developing more sophisticated plugins.
Some good information about the update here.
The update should be available here for Windows and here for Mac, but Adobe seem to have been having some difficulties getting their links updated, at least on this side of the Atlantic, so you can also try their FTP site here.
The pre-release version of the SDK can be found here.