Lightroom 2.0 Beta – First look at the dual monitor! (A preview video)


Just before I hit the sack last night, I saw that Adobe went and released Lightroom 2.0 in its beta form. I’ve already downloaded it and checked out some of the key changes. Until this release, I had used a trial version on my one desktop, and decided I’d tr it for 30 more days just a week or so ago on this main one. Well, right after recording a tutorial on creating web galleries in LR 1.x Adobe goes and does this! I shoulda known better.

The NAPP staff was clearly in on the development as they’ve got a page already set up with a first look on a lot of the key items. Great info and the features are definitely the ones I’d been waiting for – guess it’s time to buy! In my earnest to see everything I noticed though, that Matt K. does not show the dual monitor display on his first look. Was rather disappointed, so….in the interests of showing to others what I just saw, I did a little brief first look of my own. The resolution is super huge (1024×768), and it does look a little “off”. The reason here is because my one monitor is a 19″ and my other one is a 15″. So, on Windows it looks a little funny. But, it does get the gist across for those interested in seeing what’s there for the latest version. Check it out in the Quicktime download attached to this post.

As for the nuts and bolts of changes, I’ll leave those details to the pros over at NAPP and other blogging venues. Some of the more salient and interesting ones I saw today are here:

Only a few wishes…I didn’t immediately see any support for tethered shooting…but I guess that’s could go on a wish request since it’s still in beta. Also, it looks like the second monitor support means just 5 view options: loupe/grid/live loupe/locked loupe/compare/ and survey. I was hoping the 2nd monitor would be customizable with the LR panels (like Photoshop), but I’ve not figured out how to do that yet. If anyone knows whether that is something I am missing, or if it’s not been added…let me know.

Anyway, that’s the big news today – LR 2.0 beta was publicly released during the keynote at Photoshop World! With Photoshop Express, and tons of other R&D stuff coming out of Adobe – it’s a good time to be a fan! SO, without further ado, here’s my first look at LR 2.0 dual monitor setup options! Quicktime only version today (renders faster than the flash version and has wider viewing from those that visit the blog).

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4 comments for “Lightroom 2.0 Beta – First look at the dual monitor! (A preview video)

  1. gig-shots
    April 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve been playing with LR2 as well although haven’t tried the dual monitor functionality yet. One thing I would say though is you can already use lightroom for tethered shooting, you just need to use camera specific software to handle the download from the camera. Martin Evening wrote a good intro to it on :-

  2. April 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Hey, thanks for sharing the link on the LR intro from Martin, I’ll definitely check it out. Finding out lots of neat little improvements here and there. As for the tethered shooting, I was actually kind of hoping that LR would enable you to do it without the vendor software. I use the Canon interface and it’s not my favorite piece of software for two reasons:

    1. it’s kind of clunky, and
    2. You can’t view the shot full screen.

    Also, if you allow for the vendor software to enter the picture, then any picture editing program could address tethered shooting, so in that regard LR is really no different from Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, DPP, or anything else.

  3. November 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    thanks for the preview, using dual monitors is a very helpful thing. check out my new blog, its still sorta new but will hopefully contain some good info for you. Click here for lightroom 2 blog

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