Adobe announces CS5 release date, second beta of Lightroom 3

Adobe has put up a counter, and announced a launch event for the release of Adobe Creative Suite 5 on April 12 at 11am EDT. Though little is known about the features of CS5, Adobe had previously announced that it will give Flash CS5 the features to allow devs to build Flash-based applications and then export them to the App Store's .ipa standard. This will effectively allow developers to build iPhone apps in nothing but CS5. If you've registered for an Adobe ID, you'll be able to view a video broadcast of the launch event on Adobe TV. CS5 will also be Intel-only, Cocoa and 64-bit native.

Adobe has also announced a second beta of the Lightroom 3 digital darkroom software. Lightroom competes directly with Apple's Aperture software. On February 9th, Apple released Aperture 3. This latest version of the Lightroom beta includes the following features:

  • Improved performance throughout the application for faster importing and loading of images

  • Native tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras

  • Luminance noise reduction has been added to the previous color noise reduction improvements available in the first public beta, for outstanding overall high ISO quality

  • Support for importing and managing video files from DSLR cameras for better overall photographic workflow control

  • Improvements to the import experience in the first beta to reflect public feedback

  • Improved watermarking functionality from the first beta to reflect public feedback

You can download the Lightroom 3 beta 2 here (requires an Adobe ID).