September 21, 2009 11:45 PM
Survey: Pros warm to Adobe Lightroom
by Stephen Shankland
Adobe Systems’ Photoshop Lightroom is catching on as a preferred tool professional photographers use to edit raw images taken with higher-end cameras, gaining at the expense of Apple’s Aperture and Adobe’s plug-in used in ordinary Photoshop.
John Nack, Adobe’s principal product manager for Photoshop, gleefully publicized the research data from analyst firm InfoTrends on his blog Monday, pointing out the wider usage compared to Aperture and saying the displacement of the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop is expected. For other tasks besides raw image editing, Photoshop is used by about 90 percent, Nack said.
On Mac OS X machines, Lightroom wins out in popularity compared to Aperture among photo professionals.
In 2009, the Camera Raw plug-in won over 58 percent of the 1,045 North American photo pros surveyed, down from 62.2 percent in 2008. Lightroom rose from 36 percent to 37 percent, and Aperture dropped from 8 percent to 6 percent, according to the statistics. READ ALL