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Adobe Announces Release of Lightroom 2.2

Proving the rumors true, today Adobe announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2.

This free upgrade for Lightroom 2.x users has been hotly anticipated due to Lightroom 2.1's lack of support for the Canon RAW (.CR2) files of the immensely popular Canon 5D Mark II and a handful of other new cameras.

Summary of updates & fixes, and download links after the jump!

A summary of updates with Lightroom 2.2:

  • Support for RAW files of:
    • Canon 5D Mark II
    • Canon Powershot G10
    • Leica D-LUX 4
    • Panasonic DMC-LX3
    • Panasonic DMC-G1
    • Panasonic DMC-FX150
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ28
  • Lightroom 2 bugs Fixed:
    • Images rendered from the Slideshow export process produced a jagged effect on hard edges relative to the quality of normal JPEG export
    • Increased the number of characters allowed in Web gallery labels beyond 150 characters
    • Catalogs with hundreds of root (top level) folders caused very slow launch times
    • Drag and drop to move a subfolder to a different folder showed the incorrect photos in the grid
    • Print Sharpening produced edge artifacts in certain conditions
    • Density defaulted to 100 percent for initial stroke regardless of position of slider
    • The Adjustment brush created blocky, straight edges to brush strokes under certain conditions
    • Lightroom could become unresponsive when using the graduated filter under certain conditions
    • It was possible to lose the ability to edit an adjustment brush setting after applying a graduated filter with hidden pins
    • Turning auto-mask on produced a lag in Lightroom performance in when applying the adjustment brush
    • Print to JPEG functionality produced a low resolution image when printing photos with panorama aspect ratios
    • Extended characters in a folder name caused Edit in Photoshop functionality to fail
    • Smart collection did not respond to changes in custom metadata
    • Enabling auto-mask produced a lag in performance in when applying the local adjustment brush

For users of the Canon 5D Mark II, such as myself, this could not have come soon enough. The prior lack of support of the 5DMkII's RAW files posed an obstacle that greatly interrupted workflow, by adding a prerequisite to convert from CR2 to DNG prior to importing images.

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 for Mac can be downloaded by clicking on this text

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 for Windows can be downloaded by clicking on this text