Adobe Lightroom v 3.0 Beta has been released for sometime now. You can download it too and play with it. You can even send your feedback to Adobe. I believe the software will work until April of 2010 when they are planning to release the commercial version. See link at the bottom of this article to download Adobe Lightroom 3.0 Beta.
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Have you tried Adobe Lightroom version 3.0 BETA?
My own take on Adobe Lightroom version 3.0
In general I love Adobe Lightroom. If I could afford it I would buy it right away. But for now I keep just playing with the trial and beta versions until I can buy it.
One thing that I noticed is different from version 2.5 is the way keywords are displayed. I can no longer create categories of keywords like I was able to do in version 2.5. I really loved that feature in version 2.5. I think that the ability to group my keywords is a great feature. Otherwise my keywords will be all over the place and I have a very high potential for creating duplicate keywords.
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Thanx much for you note. I looked at this article and noticed the keyword categories are indeed included in version 3. When I tested Beta 1 and Beta 2 it seemed to me that they have changed the keywords panel as compared with Lightroom 2. I was not able to add keywords categories in Beta 1 but in Beta 2 I was somewhat able to do it even though it didn’t seem very easy. So…thanx for your note.
You mention in 3 version that you can no longer create categories of keywords.
Are you sure about that as many tutorials on the net seem to indicate you can in Lightroom 3. Example: http://lightroomsecrets.com/2010/11/where-do-my-keywords-live/