So Lightroom 3 beta is out. Looks pretty good so far but here’s a short wish list of things I’d like to see added to Lightroom, I don’t think any of these have been addressed with the new release.
- I’d like to be able to apply a preset and then “fade” the effect like I can with Photoshop filters.
- I’d love to be able to work from a network drive, and even better still have the ability to have 2 people working on the same catalog at the same time.
- Apple does a great job with with their photo book service. Laying out books is a piece of cake and then you can review and order your book from within Aperture. They deliver a high quality press printed album very quickly. This is the type of thing I’d like to see from Adobe, but taken one step further. It would be great if you could easily create photobooks in Lightroom but could change the page size to whatever you need and then send to whatever supplier you wanted. Maybe you like one type of book from Finao but another type from Asuka and you don’t want to change the layout, or you’ve layed out a bunch of albums but you’ve become fed up with your current supplier and need to switch and don’t want to layout all your books all over again. For a number of reasons it’s nice to not have your layout program tied to your book supplier. I try to stick with suppliers that let me send PDFs I layed out in Indesign, but this solution is comparativly labour intensive and simply not practical (not to mention expensive) for the average photographer.
- For the love of God, Adobe, let me have a default catalog setting and default Identity Plate setting. For some of us it makes sense to have a thousand little catalogs instead of one gigantic one. I don’t really want to turn off Catalog backups and reset my ID Plate every time.
- Why does Lightroom have to close when I close a catalog? Can’t I just close my file (the catalog ) and then quit the program like I can in every other program? Or more likely, open another catalog? I’m sure there’s a reason Adobe chose to do it this way, it just bugs me.
- There has to be a better way to navigate through the thousand develop presets than scrolling through the sidebar to find what you’re looking for. Using folders helps, but maybe collections or smart collections might be better – or there’s probably a better way still that those smart people at Adobe are cooking up. I find a ton of my time gets eaten up searching for the preset I need. Maybe, I should follow my own advice and figure out a folder structure that makes sense for this.