Pro Photographers Moonlight as Software Developers for Lightroom 1.0

After a 12-month beta period that tapped the brains of 500,000 photographers, Adobe Systems this week released Photoshop Lightroom 1.0.

Designed primarily for pros, the tool allows users to import, manage and present large volumes of digital images. The software has added new functions since beta began; Lightroom’s Library function, for example, now lets users employ keywords to help sort through large image collections, as well as better organize photographs.

Said John Loiacono, an Adobe exec:

It’s an unlikely scenario that professional photographers would moonlight as software developers … Fortunately for us, they were willing to give it a shot. Everything, from image viewing and evaluation tools to time-saving editing features, was developed with the help of photographers…

The software will sell at an introductory price of $199 through April, when the price will increase to $299, the company said. Lightroom software is available for Macs and PCs.

[tags]Adobe, Photoshop, Lightroom[/tags]

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