Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. Its clean, elegant interface literally steps out of the way and lets you quickly view and work with the images you shot today, as well as the thousands of images that you will shoot over the course of your career. Because no two photographers work alike, Adobe Lightroom adapts to your workflow, not the other way around.
Lightroom lets you view, zoom in, and compare photographs quickly and easily. Precise, photography-specific adjustments allow you to fine tune your images while maintaining the highest level of image quality from capture through output. And best of all, it runs on most commonly used computers, even notebook computers used on location.
Reviewing 5.5 (Jun 27, 2014)
In recent years I've been using this a lot with my state-of-the-art win7 32-bit system with 4GB RAM, which should be sufficient for viewing/editing at most around 15 or 20 pics no larger than 4.5MB ea (while not running any other software), but Lightroom continues to have some kind of memory issues that I'm sure they would prefer to associate with 'deficiencies' in my computer, even though it has all new hardware less than 2 years old. It will choke when exporting one or more photos with an error stating there's 'insufficient memory'. That's right, sometimes it chokes on one photo. No other major photo editor has a problem like this in my experience (and I'm still going back and forth between these apps as new versions come out), including ACDSee, Corel PSP, Dx0 Optics, CorelDRAW, Zoner Pro and even Photoshop itself.
Of all of these, for quick and dirty editing and 'downsizing' the results for web submission, I'm beginning to prefer ACDSee. It is very fast and I think some of the functions are less complicated, plus it has lots more features.
I assume that most folks will find some features of one or another of these apps preferable. Lightroom, for example, has better digital noise cleanup and chromatic distortion (commonly known as purple fringe repair, which Lightroom lets you select directly from the image) than Dx0 Optics, so you have to read reviews or try most of these before you buy.
Just be sure to get an app that has some built-in system to automatically protect your original images from edits you make, unless of course, you know for sure you won't need to go back later on. Even Google's free Picasa has this feature. All of these have some system like this except PS, PSP and CorelDRAW.
Reviewing 5.5 (Jun 27, 2014)
It is possible to change UI theme color? Too dark for me.
Reviewing 5.4 (Apr 30, 2014)
Probably the best program for editing and correcting photos
Reviewing 5.3 (Feb 17, 2014)
Reviewing 4 Final (Mar 9, 2012)
A solid upgrade to an excellent product
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