June 14, 2006

Lightroom Test Drive

I’m test driving Lightroom Beta 3 and updating this post with my thoughts as I go along…

  • No installer.

Nice! You’re off to a good start Lightroom.

  • The “Five Rules”.

Don’t call them rules. Just don’t.

  • File > Import…

This opens a File Browser. I want to import photos from my camera. (Ah, once you plug in your camera File > Import… opens a Choose Source window that lets you select whether to import from the camera or the disk.)

  • Help

“Help isn’t available for Lightroom.” So, why is there a menu item called “Lightroom Help”?

  • Import from Camera

The Import from Camera window does basically the same stuff as Aperture. But Aperture’s import is about a million times sexier.

  • Hiding Panels

It’s nice how you can hide the various panels by clicking the edges of the windows. It’s less nice how hovering over the edges makes them pop back up.

That’s it for now. Lightroom looks nice. I’ll continue exploring it. It will be interesting to see where Adobe positions it in terms of price. All in all, Aperture feels a lot smoother and I have yet to discover anything in Lightroom that I’d like to see in Aperture.

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