Lightroom 5 is bound to be released some time this year and the public beta test of Adobe’s workflow software has already begun.
While Lightroom 4 is still being updated, with the recent version 4.4 adding support for the Leica M (Typ 240), the next major upgrade is already waiting in the wings. The release date of Lightroom 5 has not been fixed yet, but anyone can try out the new features in a public beta test.
Lightroom 5 Beta can be installed alongside an existing version of Lightroom and does not interfere with its operations. Among the new features is an advanced healing brush to remove not just dust specks, but also larger, arbitrarily shaped parts of an image.
A new Upright tool automatically levels the horizon and straightens skewed lines, an operation that used to involve multiple manual steps. So-called Smart Previews of imported images support image editing even when the original images are offline. Lightroom 5 Beta is available for download from Adobe’s site; it requires Windows 7 or OS X 10.7 or newer.