UPDATE: Lightroom 5 public beta released

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As Chris linked to Terry's blog here is the direct link: http://labs.adobe.com/

"One big change is the new flexibility of the spot removal tool. Now people can change the shape of the spot removal brush, so that it isn’t just a circle."

"Other great new features include the spot highlighting tool, which points out dust and specks in stark relief, making them much easier to zap with the spot removal tool so they won’t show up and ruin large-scale prints."

"And there’s a new tool called upright that automatically corrects distortion and horizon skewing, which can instantly transform an image from unusable to attractive in a single click."

"Images can now be edited in a preview mode that doesn’t actually require the files to be physically present on the working drive.

Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2013/04/15/a...ng-soon-with-some-new-features/#ixzz2QXu4xefy
 
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Is it a real brush now, or is it still a "spot"? If it isn't a brush, it is still limited in power. A brush would let you remove stray hair in a portrait, stray branches in a landscape, etc.
 
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Is it a real brush now, or is it still a "spot"? If it isn't a brush, it is still limited in power. A brush would let you remove stray hair in a portrait, stray branches in a landscape, etc.

I downloaded the LR5 beta and answered my own question. Yes, what is called the spot healing tool is now a real brush. That was one feature Aperture 3 had over LR until now.

The LR5 beta performance also seems blazingly fast compared than LR4. It has a faster feel when switching between modules. That too was always an advantage that Aperture had over LR. What I still dislike about LR is that it changes my view when I switch between modules. Aperture uses a left sidebar to contain the tools associated with any given function. When you switch between Library, Info (Metadata), and Adjustment panels, the switch is instant. The right side of the screen is always your viewer and it's control is completely independent of the mode so switching between modes leaves the view side of the screen unchanged. LR changes views when you switch modules, and while LR5 is faster than LR5, it is still slower than Aperture in doing so.

The new radial filter is a wickedly more powerful version of the vignette tool. There is still a place for the traditional vignette tool if you need to remove a vignette associated with certain lenses. With the new radial filter you can place the radial anywhere on the image, change it's shape for more circular or more oval vignettes, and rotate it to any angle. In addition, you can have as many of them as you want in a single image thus allowing you to highlight multiple subjects.
 
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