A Complete Recap of Cropping-specific features is available at Holy Crop! Read it for more detail on the Crop Enhancements.
Rikk’s Top 10 New Features in Lightroom 5
in Fast Fly-by Mode
- Smart Previews – Lightweight images that take the place of your Raw files throughout the LR application. Very useful for traveling and working on your images.
- Radial Gradient Tool – All the features of the Graduated Filter and the Adjustment Brush in an Oval configuration. You can use the radial as an outside or inside the oval tool.
- Spot Removal Brush Enhancements - Brush Spots for unusually shaped artifacts with improved patching algorithms. New Visualizations to help you find dust spots.
- Overlay Grid and Guidelines – You can customize a grid or a pair of guidelines to help you compose and arrange your picture.
- Customizable Print Size Cropping Guides (pictured) Very cool. You can now see how your strongest crop will fit on various paper sizes.
- PNG Support – You capture them in screen shots on your phone, use them as Identity Plates, Watermarks, and End Panel marks – now you can catalog them as well… with Transparency Support intact!
- Full Screen Mode – No Really This Time. [F] Key is a real no-fooling Full Screen. [Shift][F] handles the old Full-screen modes.
- New Smart Filtering Criteria – There have been additional criteria added to the Smart Filters. Special accommodations for Smart Previews and PNG files have been added as well.
- Keyboard Shortcut for Tethered Capture: [F12]= Snap!. you can now trigger a tethered capture from the keyboard instead of having to rely on a mouse.
- Last viewed image in collection is STICKY! The last picture you were looking at in any collection or folder is now remembered so that the next time you go there, it is selected automatically.
There are many more enhancements in the beta.
Downers: Vista and Snow Leopard users, it is time to upgrade. The new specs say Lion or Higher and Win 7 or higher. Sorry.
Full information and a download link for the Public Beta are available at Adobe Labs.
Rikk Flohr – © 2013