May 31, 2007
Tom Hogarty (Lightroom and Camera Raw product manager) has written a blog post on the Lightroom Journal. The post reveals the reason behind the disconnect between the release of Camera Raw 4.1 and the upcoming Lightroom update.
Tom says: To be honest, it’s driven by the nature of software development. The camera raw plug-in is a discrete portion of code that has quietly matured and delivered numerous incremental updates over the last three years. So when a Camera Raw and DNG Converter update is ready to be released, customers expect Adobe to deliver the solution in the same timely manner that we’ve always provided. Lightroom on the other hand is a brand new product and the team has taken the opportunity to address a number of critiques on Lightroom 1.0 similar to the way the beta program was managed. Testing and qualifying all those improvements is taking more time than it takes us to get the Camera Raw update tested and out the door. I believe that you’ll find it worth the wait.