Lightcrafts currently has a special offer (bottom of the page at the link) on Lightzone image editor software for users of Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture, whereby users can buy Lightzone Basic for $99 rather than the usual price of $149. The offer expires on November 15th, however, and you have to fax or e-mail them a proof of purchase one day ahead of time, so you need to act fast if you want to take advantage of the offer.
The latest version of Lightzone (3.1) is a great improvement—a summary is here. Right now, $99 is practically pocket change when converted into Euros or Canadian dollars.
Sorry we're so late posting this.
Featured Comment by Adam McAnaney: "For a good description of how/why to use LightZone together with Lightroom, see here.
"I probably should have tried out the demo version earlier, but with the special offer due to expire on the 15th, I decided to just jump right in. $100 is really quite reasonable compared to most photo-editing programs.
"LightZone complements Lightroom because it allows you to make local adjustments or edits in pictures, whereas Lightroom only allows you to make global changes. I have become increasingly frustrated with this. For example, if you have two sections of a picture with roughly the same tonality, and want to adjust one without affecting the other, you have no way of doing this in Lightroom. You can, of course, do this in Photoshop, but LightZone appears to offer a faster and more intuitive way of doing so. Oh, and it's only $100 (Euro 68) if you act now, as compared to hundreds for Photoshop (yes, I realize that Photoshop offers much more than LightZone).
"I also do a fair amount of B&W work, and as indicated above, LightZone offers a lot of advantages to B&W photographers. With the update to version 3.1 (and now 3.2), the authors have added a lot of features to extend this usability to color photographers. Accordingly, if you search the web for reviews, be sure to check what version number is being reviewed. It seems that version 3.1/3.2 is a very different beast compared to versions 1.x and 2.x.
"The point is that LightZone doesn't replace Lightroom, it complements it. And if you click on the link above from OutbackPhoto, you will see that it is fairly easy to pass pictures from one program to the other.
"Note: Since I only downloaded LightZone last night, I can't say how well it works in practice. I just wanted to share my thought process with those who were asking why one might want to buy LightZone if you already have Lightroom."