Adobe's Lightroom to be switched on for Windows' users in June

Windows' users will be able to download the beta version of Adobe's Lightroom photographic suite in June.

The free beta trial, available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/ has to date only been available to Mac users since going live in January.

According to a source from the company, the Windows beta version will be available in mid June. It is believed only Windows XP will be supported.

Lightroom, like Apple's Aperture, is an environment for quickly managing and processing groups of photographs, using the workflow of a professional photographer as its starting point.

Lightroom combines features and technologies from a number of the applications within the Creative Suite. The majority comes from Photoshop's Camera Raw plug-in and the Adobe Bridge asset manager, though other parts have their heritage in the InDesign and GoLive layout packages.

The application is split into four "rooms": Library, Develop, Slideshow, and Print -- charting the workflow from organisation of images to processing to output as final prints or contact sheets (printed or online) for a client to choose from.

Jane Brady, Adobe's creative segment marketing manager said it was the first time the company had opened up a beta trial to the public. Previous trials have always been limited to private testers.

She said the product, which should ship later this year, will slot between Adobe's Photoshop Elements suite, which sells for around $200, and its flagship Photoshop product, which sells for $1800.

(Additional reporting from Digit Magazine staff.)