- Advanced Healing Brush: instead of correcting just a spot, you can now paint a correction. This is so convenient! I used to be forced to go to Photoshop just for that. Hopefully it works well. Update: tried it and just got reminded it's not a substitute for content-aware spot healing because it has to take the brushed area from another area, just like the old spot healing.
- Smart Previews: can generate a 2540-pixel raw file (while keeping the original file). Wow. Most of the time I don't need a full-resolution shot and I wished that the D600 had an sRaw (small raw) format just like Canon. LR5 makes that dream come true! Update: now I'm a little confused because I don't know when I'm looking at the preview and when I'm looking at the original. What I do know is that with smart preview, LR5 is super responsive (not surprising given that the smart preview is only 1mb whereas the actual image is 20+mb).
- Radial Gradient: similar to the gradient tool except you can do it with a circular or oblong pattern. This is very useful to me because I otherwise have to resort to using the adjustment brush. Update: very usable. I think I will use this tool very often.
UPDATE: I found that Smart Previews isn't exactly what I hoped for. See this post for more info about Smart Previews.
[Some may wonder - what's the point of a high-res camera if it will be downsampled. The benefits include sharpness and less noise.]
- Upright tool: automatically levels horizons and corrects keystoning. This is a new tab under Lens Corrections.
- Video slideshow: combine photos, videos, and music in a creative HD slideshow.
- Upgrades to the Book module.
- In the spot removal tool, there is a new option called 'Visualize Spots' to show spots more easily.
Still no layers, unfortunately (Corel's Aftershot Pro does have that).
Download here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/
Note: the beta expires June 30, 2013 therefore expect LR5 to be available on or before then.
Note 2: historically, Adobe has only provided raw support for the new cameras in the current version of Lightroom (and Photoshop) therefore if you buy a new camera after LR5 is released, don't expect to find Adobe raw support for it in LR4 or previous versions of LR. You'll have to use the DNG converter unless you get LR5.