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Adobe lightroom beta for Windows

Adobe’s new application for photographers has been in beta for the Mac for many months, and is now available for Windows users to try out. Shame there’s no Linux version announced.


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  1. Dawson posted 2 days, 5hrs, 29mins after the entry and said:

    Call me a useless filmophile, or even stupid if the feature is there and I haven't found it, but this thing doesn't even support tiffs?! I had 30gb of film scans just begging to be played around with on something other than Picasa, but it turns out I can't even use the bleeding things with Lightroom!

  2. Matt Wilcox posted 4 days, 9hrs, 32mins after the entry and said:

    Lightroom is a workflow designed and intended for camera RAW files. So there's no TIFF support, as TIFFs are not RAW files.

    As RAW come direct from the camera, that means Lightroom, at the moment anyway, has nothing to offer film based photographers.

    Now, stop lusting after your old film stuff and get stuck in with that 20D you have.

  3. Matt Wilcox posted 4 days, 9hrs, 39mins after the entry and said:

    Hm, just been to this page:


    and watched the 'Basic Correction', where the narrator mentions that TIFF are fully supported as 'first class citizens' throuout the entire program. Perhaps we've both missed something! Or perhaps that feature isn't finsihed yet.

  4. Dawson posted 4 days, 14hrs, 9mins after the entry and said:

    Thanks for pointing that out, I just reloaded Lightroom and if you drag and drop a tiff in it works fine… I wonder why you can't use "Import" or why it doesn't work when you set up watched folders? Strange! Either way I won't be using Lightroom for now, I don't fancy manually dragging and dropping over 2000 tiffs into nice neat "photoshoots".
    My 20D is currently in transit too so I can still blab on about film for a while yet! smiley icon: joke

  5. Matt Wilcox posted 5 days, 1hrs, 42mins after the entry and said:

    I was playing with Lightroom last night. It looks like it will be really useful when it's finished, but it is so incredibly slow at the moment that it's pretty much useless. It was taking minutes to perform image processing operations, especially when loading up the 1:1 view. It's very clearly not finished yet, but when it is I may well end up buying it. It's that convincing. smiley icon: smile

    Perhaps my troubles were down to importing 955 photos, which would suggest the code needs a lot of optimising yet. It was orders of magnitude slower than Photoshop or Adobe Camera RAW. smiley icon: sad

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