I upgraded to Lightroom 2 yesterday like the photo-editing geek I am. I can't resist a new version of Photoshop or Lightroom.
The upgrade was fast and painless for me. Lightroom 2 rebuilds existing catalogs. It is now more drive aware, allowing a catalog to have photos on multiple drives. I like this feature since I only keep the current years photos on my laptop and all previous years photos on other drives.
There are many significant new features. Probably the most authoritative list is Tom Hogarty's list at lightroom journal. Here are my favorites after just a short time working with the new features:
- This version feels faster to me (on my Macbook Pro) when accessing the catalog.
- There is now tighter integration with Photoshop. It doesn't write intermediate files so editing in Photoshop is much faster than previous versions.
- The Localized Correction feature is awesome! Much like the U-point technology in Viveza. It allows you to change exposure, brightness, clarity and color locally around selected points. This feature to me is worth the whole price of the upgrade since Viveza costs several times the price of this upgrade.
- The Graduated Filter feature allows you to create the effect of a graduated neutral density filter, move it around and change the graduation characteristics.
- There are many organizational improvements in the library module involving Folders, Collections, Smart collections and Filters.
Some features like multiple monitors and improved print module, I haven't even tried yet. At this point with cursory use, I think this upgrade is well worth the speed improvements and added features.