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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #1
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

The system requirements are less than what Apple's Aperture and costs less money


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PowerPC® G4 or G5 1GHz processor or Intel® Core™ Duo processor
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #2
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While I haven't looked at the final release, I played with the previous betas quite a bit. The key difference, IMHO, is that Photoshop Lightroom lacks any of the more serious library or cataloguing features that Aperture has.

While the actual photo workflow seems a bit cleaner and more user-friendly with Lightroom, it's library management features are fairly weak, and in fact I preferred to continue using iPhoto for that aspect when I was using Lightroom. Aperture, on the other hand, replaces iPhoto for all intends and purposes.

However, it's true that Lightroom performs better on lighter hardware, and it also supports more RAW formats than Aperture does (which is constrained by OS X's RAW format support limitations).
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it's library management features are fairly weak, and in fact I preferred to continue using iPhoto for that aspect
Not sure if you are referring to the Beta's or the final release, but in the latter the library management is quite evolved.
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I prefer Lightroom's catalog functions to Apertures for sure. The nested tags are great
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #5
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As I said, I haven't looked at the final release, so if they've improved it, then that's definitely a good thing. The earlier versions turned me off of it due to their lack of these capabilities, and I went with Aperture instead simply because Lightroom didn't seem to be doing anything to improve that aspect of it.
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I've tried both, and I love Aperture. It's become a dream of a photography program.
Now I just need a 30" display.
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Aperture gives me the ability to have all my photos on an external HD and have previews on my current HD, which is a big plus because of the small internal HD I have (macbook eh) and the number of photos I have.

-On the other side, Lightroom supports my camera's RAW (k100d) and is at least 2 times faster on processing Jpegs than aperture. Still, Aperture, library feature beats that.
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Yes, the expanded RAW format support was something else that made me originally lean toward Lighroom (I use a Sony DSC-R1). However, I actually don't shoot RAW all that often, and when I do, the Adobe DNG Converter actually works very well to get them into a DNG format that Aperture can handle.
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I tried the first couple of the beta releases before I decided on Aperture. I am not going to get into which one is the best program as I am sure they both have their strong and weak points. I love Aperture and have no second thoughts on choosing it. I am glad to see Lightroom released as now there are two major players. The Corporate competition will now begin and that will benefit all users, no matter which of these two you are using.
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Aperture gives me the ability to have all my photos on an external HD and have previews on my current HD, which is a big plus because of the small internal HD I have (macbook eh) and the number of photos I have.

-On the other side, Lightroom supports my camera's RAW (k100d) and is at least 2 times faster on processing Jpegs than aperture. Still, Aperture, library feature beats that.
I think that the final version of Lightroom allows this as well, having images in "offline" drives, but the library still holds all the previews and such.

My biggest beef with Aperture is that it brings my laptop to it's knees, is almost unusable where lightroom runs ok.
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