Following on from my previous post regarding Adobe Lightroom 5 beta, Lightroom 5 has now been officially released. For those of you waiting with bated breath for this event, you can now purchase it, or updated for an existing version. The official release of this latest version of one of Adobe flagship photography products was made on the Adobe site on June 9:
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2013/06/lightroom-5-now-available.html

The above link has an introduction to the new enhancements available in Lightroom 5; these include:

  • Advanced Healing Brush: Enhancements to the Spot Removal tool allow you to heal or clone using brush strokes.
  • Radial Filter: Apply any of Lightroom’s local adjustment attributes to a circular mask.
  • UprightAutomatically level horizons, straighten buildings, and correct other askew lines with a single click.
  • Smart Preview: Lightroom allows you to edit offline images by storing a smaller version of the original image. Edits made to the smart preview will automatically apply to the original once reconnected to Lightroom.
  • Additional camera profiles.

The product can be purchased as a standalone version (which current users of Lightroom will be familiar with), or as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud membership. You can make your purchase here:
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html

On the Adobe site the upgrade costs $79.00

The product is also available on Amazon.com for $149.00 (full, non-upgrade version), but at the time of writing is not yet available on Amazon.co.uk. The Amazon.de website has the full version available (English Windows and Mac)  for €129.71 and the upgrade version (Win and Mac) at €73.78.

http://www.amazon.de/Adobe-Photoshop-Lightroom-englisch-WIN/dp/B00CLD7Y4O/
http://www.amazon.de/Adobe-Photoshop-Lightroom-Upgrade-englisch/dp/B00CLD7Y4Y/

There are numerous discussions and tutorials regarding the new features available on the web. Just feed the necessary words to Google and you’ll get plenty of hits, including this one:

http://laurashoe.com/lightroom-5-tutorials/

If you’re an early adaptor, get stuck in and have fun – then tell the rest of us about it!

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