Lightroom 3

Lightroom 3 is out. Hooray! I’ve been using the beta for months, and it’s a powerhouse. My initial impression was that the quality was a huge leap from LR2, and so it’s proved – the difference is night and day, and I can get away with ISO 6400 shots that were unusable in LR2. It’s also the best photo manager I’ve used. I recommend it to RAW shooters unreservedly.

If you want to buy it from the Adobe website, though, the direct-download option is more expensive than the physical copy (not including delivery charges). This annoys me a lot more than is perhaps reasonable. Still, if you can swallow that, it’s still the cheapest option I know of – unless you’re a student, in which case Student/Teacher version is lots less.