Lightroom has changed the way we all take pictures — and the launch of the new Beta Version of Lightroom 5 is exciting news. I have noted some interesting new features that are on the way which should be of interest.

1. Offline editing is now possible even when RAW files on an external drive are not plugged in. LR remembers the changes until hard drive is connected at a later date.

2. Page numbering is now enabled in the book module!

3. More sophisticated horizontal distortion and gradient tools.

4. Ability to combine stills and video in slideshow module.

5. More advanced healing brush getting closer to Photoshop clone tool.

It is always exciting to get new tools to work on images and I look forward to sharing insights with others.

Unfortunately Lightroom 5 does not run in Snow Leopard or below.  You will have to upgrade to Mountain Lion, or if you can wait, in a few months Apple will be coming out with OS X Mavericks.

 

Here is a general review and one from dpreview