Turning from RAW-developer and catalog images in the editor for photographers, Lightroom is at a crossroads. Once in the program will appear different layers and blend modes, Photoshop will lose a significant portion of buyers. If editing images will not expand, the competition will receive a huge advantage. What will Adobe? The answer to this question yet known (though perhaps do not know), only its top managers. We also consider the innovations of version 2. At the time of the material on the Adobe Labs site has been available for download version RC1 2.1, but it does not contain the extended functionality, so it will be about Lightroom 2.
As a tool for cataloging images search program, perhaps, reached the top. Technology database and a set of queries to it is implemented well - the image files can be on off an external drive, but the search, forming collections, work with the key words are available, with Lightroom displays thumbnails for previewing.
Greatly improved search - through the mechanism of Smart Collections are comfortable doing sampling on several criteria, and fuzzy. Because the Smart Collections are referred to by file, not the physical copies of one image can appear in several compilations, almost without taking additional space on the disk. In Lightroom 2 features a filter panel that lets you quickly set the search parameters and their simple combinations. And Smart Collections, and filter sets can be stored for later use. Of course, they work with metadata, but the real advantage is the combination of the keywords. Their use depends on the style of the photographer, his monthly load and personal preferences. For someone fairly simple set that uniquely identifies the subject matter. However, the variety of subjects, more complex scheme of interaction with clients, busy schedule of work, the more refined and becomes a set of keywords. And Lightroom 2 for maximum usability. Keywords can be assigned as the moment you import images, and in the process of searching or editing, individually or in groups by dragging and dropping thumbnails of photos on a panel with a set of keywords (and vice versa) or by an instrument Painter, and if they are organized in a hierarchical structure, You can choose any degree of nesting. For the convenience of keywords can be organized in kits, download as needed and share them.
The only comment concerning the function of image retrieval - no tools for quick viewing of photos as a library: to evaluate the sharpness, you need to wait for the generation of full-sized images and perform a corresponding increase. Most competing products, Apple Aperture, tool loop, "there is a long time.
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