Lightroom 5 more elegantly disconnects

Long overdue, Lightroom 5 adds an automatic distortion and perspective correction tool.

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Adobe’s latest iteration of its raw-editing and management software, Adobe Lightroom 5, enters a public beta today with a modest set of enhancements that will make some photographers very happy but a large number of others shrug and choose to skip it. The biggest news: support for proxy editing of disconnected images, a feature dubbed Smart Preview. Other highlights include an overdue distortion and perspective correction tool, Upright; reusable custom page layouts and page-numbering tweaks in the Book module; a radial filter; the expansion of the spot healing/clone tool into a full-blown healing brush; and the ability to insert playable videos into slideshows. Plus, there are the usual myriad small updates.

What’s not here: still no face recognition or tagging, HDR editing, panorama stitching, or expansion of the video capabilities. And as far as I can tell, performance hasn’t improved; in fact, it seems a little slower on my system, though that may be beta overhead that will be tuned out before it becomes final. It took about four and a half minutes to import in place 11850 files (on a 2.2GHz Core i7 system with 8GB RAM equipped with a 2GB nVidia Quadro 2000M and running 64-bit W… [Read more]

    



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