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Adobe releases Lightroom 5 for $149

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Adobe has just released Lightroom 5, the latest version of its professional photography software for OS X and Windows. If you’ve been taking part in the Lightroom 5 beta you already have a good idea of what to expect, but just to recap, lossy DNG Smart Previews let you work on your RAW images while shedding the big disk space footprint they require, and editing features like radial gradients, a new healing brush, and automatic straightening of distorted images (a feature called Upright) are the other big headline additions this time around.

Adobe says it's fixed more than 400 bugs

Since the beta was released in April, Adobe says it’s fixed more than 400 bugs, as well as integrated Lightroom 5 with Behance, the social sharing service it acquired late last year. As far as pricing goes, the company must not feel too much pressure from Apple's $79.99 Aperture, since it's sticking with its current formula: $149 for a new license, $79 for an upgrade from any version of Lightroom, and, naturally, free as part of its Creative Cloud subscription service. If you're ready to take the plunge, Lightroom 5 is available now from Adobe.