Lightroom 5 Beta Review

Lightroom software provides the user with a very complete set of tools that range from cataloging images to output…  It boasts with quick, one-click adjustments to intricate controls;  With this one of a kind software you can organize your photo libraries, enhance your photographs, create slideshows, design photo albums for showcasing your images, to even uploading your photographs to the web and sharing it with your friends.

 

Click HERE to follow the download link for the beta version…

The new features in Lightroom 5 Beta version

  • Advanced Healing Brush

With this tool you can easily remove unwanted elements/objects in your image.  An easy-to-use tool that allows you to select the unwanted objects and removes it in just one brush stroke.  Unlike the previous versions of Lightroom, this healing brush is non-circular, meaning that you can remove unwanted objects in hard-to-reach and uneven areas.

Lightroom 5 Beta Version

LR 5 Beta Version Advanced Healing Brush – Image credit to Adobe.com

 

  •  Upright

This tool straightens tilted images, detects skew horizontal and vertical lines and corrects the aspect for you.  You can choose from 4 correction methods.  This tool is so intuitive that it will even fix a horizon that’s hidden.

Lightroom 5 Beta Version

LR 5 Beta Version Upright Tool – Image credit to Adobe.com

 

  • Radial Gradient

This tool allows you to create multiple vignette areas and off-centre vignette’s, all within a single image.

Lightroom 5 Beta Version

LR 5 Beta version Radial Gradient – Image credit to Adobe.com

 

  • Smart Previews

 This is my personal favorite feature that the developers created for LR 5 – The Smart Preview function allows you to edit your images offline.  It means you can edit your images without having the original with you;  You create a “Smart Preview” of the file(s) you want to edit, take it with you wherever you go, make the necessary adjustments and later  when you get back to your workstation, it will automatically apply the changes you made to the original files.  This function also makes the loading time of your images from the Library Module to your Develop Module a lot quicker.

  • Video Slideshow Sharing

Create and share your HD videos.  With this feature you can combine still images, video clips and music to your video slideshow.

  • Improved photo book creation

You can create spectacular photo books from various installed templates and edit them to create a more customized look for your album.  You can then easily upload your photo book for printing.  Easily add text to your photo’s or pages in the book by using the buttons in the interface.

According to Lightroom Queen, these are the  Additional features in Lightroom 5

  • PNG File Support ( Read, view and edit your PNG files )
  • True Full Screen Mode
  • Configurable grid overlays
  • Additional search criteria for filters and smart collections
  • Lock zoom position preference settings
  • Direction field in EXIF metadata panel
  • “Set as Target Collection” checkbox in Create Collections dialogue
  • Integrity verification of DNG files
  • LAB colour readout
  • Aspect slider added to the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel
  • Persistent clipping indicators between Lightroom sessions
  • Crop overlay aspect ratios
  • Visual indicator of Favourite book pages
  • Transparent buttons for improved Text creation in Books

The minimum system requirements for Lightroom 5 are:

Windows®

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • DirectX 10–capable or later graphics card
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services

* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.

Mac OS®

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive

* Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Check out the official announcement – Simply follow the link:  http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/


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