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Adobe Releases Lightroom 2

Adobe announced today the release of Lightroom 2, a competitor to Apple's Aperture photo software.

A worldwide community of photographers provided valuable insight and feedback, as part of the Lightroom 2 public beta program, ultimately helping us deliver a better product, said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Lightroom and Camera Raw at Adobe. Weve considered their requests which helped us develop useful features that make it easier than ever for our customers to quickly refine, enhance and present brilliant photographs.

Adobe lists new enhancements including dual-monitor support, advances in non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities. A detailed list of changes can be found on Adobe's Lightroom blog.

Lightroom 2 also represents Adobe's first Mac OS X application with full 64-bit support. Lightroom 2 is available from http://www.adobe.com/store for $299 for new users or a $99 upgrade price for existing users.

Apple just released a minor update to Aperture to bring it up to version 2.1.1.