LR3 beta 1

Chris alerted me to it this morning in the comments: is this sad or what?
Only bright side I can think of is the kick in the pants this is going to give Apple - if they care anything about our community and business.

Some of the highlights of the new version according to Adobe Labs:

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries

  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots

  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease

  • Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio

  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own

  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want

  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy

  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)*

Nothing earth-shattering but bread and butter features obviously geared to working photographers. I've downloaded the beta and will report back when I get a chance.

Btw, Adobe is again allowing this beta to be downloaded freely by anyone and it doesn't expire until April 2010. I'm guessing this strategy is paying off big time.