Adobe® has released updates to Photoshop® Lightroom® and the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, both available immediately as free upgrades for existing users. The Lightroom 1.3 update provides added support for Apple® Leopard(tm) Mac OS X 10.5 and includes a technology preview of the Lightroom Export SDK, available as a separate download on the Adobe Labs site. The Lightroom 1.3 and Camera Raw 4.3 updates also include raw file support for seven additional digital cameras including the Nikon D3, Nikon D300 and Canon 1Ds Mark III.
The Lightroom Export SDK preview allows for the development of third-party plug-ins that will enable communication from the Lightroom 1.3 Export Dialog to third party tools, Web sites or devices.
“Once we get feedback from the developer community we will evaluate how to expand the SDK to other aspects of workflow outside of image export,” said Tom Hogarty, product manager for Photoshop Lightroom. “The end result will allow photographers to further customize and streamline their workflows. This technology preview will give developers an opportunity to provide feedback and shape the way Lightroom’s architecture will be utilized. While we have received numerous requests to provide an SDK that allows for image manipulation plug-ins similar to those available for Photoshop, our current focus is to continue to enhance the digital photography workflow by improving the connection to tools, functionality and services not available in Lightroom.”
The Lightroom 1.3 update and Camera Raw 4.3 plug-in add support for seven additional digital cameras including the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon PowerShot G9, Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Olympus E-3, Olympus SP-560 UZ, and Panasonic DMC-L10. Lightroom 1.3 provides improved support for Apple Leopard Mac OS X 10.5, fixing known compatibility issues.
Pricing and Availability
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 update is available as a free download for existing customers on http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/.The Photoshop Lightroom Export SDK technology preview is available as a separate download on the Adobe Labs site: http://labs.adobe.com/.Photoshop Lightroom can be purchased in the United States and Canada through the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store and at major photo and software retailers for a price of US $299. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.5, 1 GHz PowerPC® G4 or G5 or multicore Intel processor, or Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, 768 MB RAM and a 1024×768 resolution screen. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a Universal Binary application that will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems.