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Adobe has released the shipping version of Lightroom 2.0.
I know we've all been waiting for this since the April release of the Lightroom 2 Beta, so head over and download your copy now!
The good news for Lightroom 2 beta users is that the beta catalogs are upgradable just like the catalogs from Lightroom 1. The old catalog is not changed, but rather a new copy is created and upgraded to work with the new version.
If you've been using the beta (or following its progress) you may be aware of some of its new features, but let's review the highlights of this final version as much has changed since the beta:
New features are great, but you can also expect overall improved performance as well as support for 64 bit operating systems in this release.
That's a lot to digest, and you'll really have to take it for a test drive to appreciate the significance of these improvements. Be sure to check out Lightroom Journal for more information straight from the Lightroom team, and always read the release notes that come with the installation files.
Please note that users of other Adobe products will need to update to Camera Raw 4.5 (which is also now available) to remain compatible with Lightroom 2.
Keep your eyes peeled for the following Lightroom 2 titles to soon become available from Peachpit:
There will also be two Rough Cuts: