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lightroom 4 beta.

The new Adobe Lightroom 4 beta has been released, along with a slew of new features. I’m excited about the new processing capabilities and video processing features. That’s right! Lightroom 4 will now support a whole bunch of real-time adjustments to the videos you’ve taken with your DSLR (and hopefully iPhone). The rest is pretty vanilla for an entirely new product launch, but I’m hoping that Adobe left out some goodies in the beta that will show up in the full version.

Here’s a list of the major improvements and new features:

  • Highlight and shadow recovery brings out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights.
  • Photo book creation with easy-to-use elegant templates.
  • Location-based organization lets you find and group images by location, assign locations to images, and display data from GPS-enabled cameras.
  • White balance brush to refine and adjust white balance in specific areas of your images.
  • Additional local editing controls let you adjust noise reduction and remove moiré in targeted areas of your images.
  • Extended video support for organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to video clips.
  • Easy video publishing lets you edit and share video clips on Facebook and Flickr®.
  • Soft proofing to preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.
  • Email directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.

Here is a more in-depth look at all of the feature updates and what they do, with screenshots, over on the DPReveiew site. I’m not tempted to download the beta because I don’t want to mess up my 30,000 image LR 3 catalog, so that article was a good read.

Download the beta on Adobe’s site.

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