Adobe has released the public beta version of Lightroom 5, available for download. The new features in Lightroom 5 are said to be: Advanced Healing Brush; "Upright" (one-click straightening of tilted images); Radial Gradient; Offline editing with Smart Previews; and Improved photo book creation.
There's a brief review by Sharon Machlis at Computerworld.
The beta version will expire on June 30th, but it's free to use until then.
(Thanks to John Camp)
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Lou: "Those new features are obviously pointless gadgets, but we will keep paying the Adobe tax to get the bug fixes and the newer camera support...."
Adam Richardson replies to Lou: "I'd love to hear what you think a non-pointless gadget is. Adobe regularly does free updates that support new cameras (4.4 being the last one just last week that included extensive RAW engine work to handle Fuji X-trans files). Plus, the relatively small price of this upgrade largely obviates the need for buying/upgrading the vastly more expensive Photoshop, unless you really need layers, or the pano stitching and HDR work as Svein-Frode mentions [in the Comments section —Ed.]. As they build in more functionality it becomes a single solution, so it's actually a money saver....
"In my mind a proper healing brush is super useful and something I've missed since switching from Aperture. It saves a round trip via Photoshop to take advantage of its context aware fill, but that comes with its own issues of image versioning.
"PNG file support, finally—very nice. PDF support would be great too so that it can be used as a more holistic asset library.
"One-click proper full screen view, finally, is very welcome.
"While it's not necessary for me, the ability to keep a relatively tiny size database on a laptop is super useful for working photographers.
"The horizon alignment is a nice to have if it works well—yes, you can do it yourself (and I have to, an embarrassingly large amount of the time), but this is a nice time-saver, and after all isn't that a lot of what working with digital is about, to make tasks that used to be arduous more convenient?
"The Upright function is an extension of the functionality that's been there for lens/perspective corrections, and looks like it brings some enhancements that avoids the weirdness you can sometimes get with the functions in LR4. It means you don't have to invest in expensive tilt correcting lenses, and avoids a round trip to Photoshop for its (til now) more sophisticated abilities."