Adobe Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw Release Candidates

Adobe have announced Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs. An updated version of DNG Converter is also available for download. The “release candidate” label is used to indicate that these updates have undergone internal testing but would benefit from additional user testing.

It’s worth noting that neither includes any new features, just bugs fixes and support for new cameras and lenses. The full list of bug fixes is documented in the release notes, but the following are probably the most important in terms of Lightroom performance, stability and usability:

  • Edit in PS CS4 from LR 3.2 did not give option to render to TIFF/PSD
  • Process Version defaults to PV 2003 when Lightroom’s installed Develop Presets are applied on Import
  • Lightroom 3 could fail to launch Photoshop CS5 if Photoshop CS4 was uninstalled after the Photoshop CS5 installation
  • Lightroom could crash when the metadata filter is selected and the grid is displaying all images in the catalog
  • Numerous cloning or healing spots could cause Lightroom to become unresponsive

Tip: while performance of  clone/heal tool has been much improved it can further improved by temporarily disabling any lens profiles that you may have applied. Disable the profile correction via the checkbox not the panel switch!

Both Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 include support for the following recently introduced cameras:

  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Nikon D3100
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
  • Samsung NX100
  • Samsung TL350 (WB2000)

In addition to the newly supported cameras these updates also include new or updated lens profiles. The full list of newly supported lenses is included with the release notes.