Adobe this week announced the first public beta of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. New features included in Lightroom 5 Beta are:
- Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
- Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
- Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
- Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
- Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
- Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
As one who lauded the benefits of Apple Aperture's cloning/healing brush over Adobe Lightroom's spot removal tool for the last year I have to say the new spot removal tool in LR5 is impressive. See this video from Adobe's YouTube channel dedicated to Lightroom. There are more videos posted there highlighting the other enhancements coming in Lightroom 5. Apple better get on the stick and update Aperture or they will lose even more of their professional user base as Adobe now provides more of the tools Aperture excelled at.