What Do You Really Think of Lightroom?August 22, 2006
Adobe Lightroom is a free trial beta of the new RAW processor/file management application from Adobe. It looks great. There is no question as to how cool it looks. And you can customize to your heart’s content. But it’s like a great looking car that only comes in automatic. Well, that’s my take initially, anyway. I like how it looks so much that I sometimes forsake my old friend Adobe Camera RAW. ACR is lacking a suave interface, to be sure, but there sure is a lot you can do there, and it makes sense the way it’s layout out. And when you get right down to it, do you need a pretty interface or do you need logical workflow and arrangement of features. An example: in ACR, the color mode/resolution/file size data is right up front when you process an image. It’s the first thing you see. That makes sense to me. If you want to keep it, print it big, save it small… whatever, you’ll know at this stage, or at least it seems to me you would. Now in Lightroom, you have to wait until you export the image to access all this data. Seems like putting your socks on over your shoes. I also like the dual noise reducing filters in ACR as opposed to the all-in-one correction in Lightroom. My feeling is that pros will sacrifice good looks for function every time. Is that what Adobe’s doing with Lightroom?
I’d really like to hear your comments!