At midnight last night Adobe opened up the free beta for their Lightroom 3.0 product. I’ve been trying to download it several times since then but I think that their servers are being hit pretty hard and haven’t actually had a chance to look at it yet myself because the download page keeps failing — a good problem to have I ‘m sure 🙂 . I have seen screenshots from a presentation by Adobe on the product though and it looks like a nice improvement over 2.0. Tom Hogarty, the Lightroom Product Manager, has probably the best write up on the new features over at the Lightroom Journal. I’ll report more on my impressions on the new beta when I try it out soon.
Probably the two most significant improvements that I’m looking forward to playing with are the new post cropped vignetting tool (Lightroom’s old post crop vignetting tool made geometrically *perfect* vignetting while I prefer a more natural feel) which offers new styles of more natural vignetting as well as features to better sharpen and reduce noise in photos.
If you want to try to download the beta to try it out yourself, you can get it here. As mentioned before though, the page is likely getting hammered pretty hard with the beta only a few hours old so be patient.