November 16, 2007
Author: Ian Lyons
So, here we are at Lightroom version 1.3 and the question most users will be asking is – what’s new? On the surface very little, but just like an iceberg there’s lots beneath the surface.
As I hinted in my introduction there are few if any obvious visual changes in in this new release. Lightroom 1.3 is primarily about fixing as many bugs as possible whilst also putting in place infrastructure improvements for the future. The following is a summary of the main issues that Adobe have addressed in 1.3:-
An issue with the preference to automatically write metadata to XMP has been corrected, so the performance degradation that some users experienced should be reduced.
Printing with the native resolution option enabled no longer sets the wrong dimension for portrait oriented photos.
Prior to Camera Raw 4.3 there was the possibility that artefacts in edge transitions could be introduced through the Bayer demosaic and luminance noise reduction algorithms. This has been corrected.
The Canon sRAW format and the Fuji compressed RAF formats are now supported.
Apple Max OSX 10.5 (aka Leopard) is now supported. Note that some print drivers still need to be updated before full functionality is available in Lightroom.
Lightroom 1.3 also includes the following enhancements:
The import dialog now offers the option to render 1:1 preview as part of the import process (Figure 4 below)
New context menu options in Library panel for imports from disk and catalogs.
Inline database/catalog repair.
The export dialog layout has been enhanced.
A Lightroom Preview Export SDK is available for developers to create and distribute Export Plug-ins.