Lightroom Beta 3′s New Publish Feature

The Publish Services feature of the new Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta is very similar to the Export function in previous versions of Lightroom.  In  LR2, I actually have a plug-in that allows me to export my images directly to Flickr but in Beta 3 there is no need for any plug-in because Adobe has worked with Flickr and built the service right into the Publish tool.  The big difference between this and the older plug-in that I was using in LR2 is that the plug-in only allowed me to upload my images whereas the Publish Services feature maintains contact with my images and will send any comments from Flickr directly back to Lightroom.  Also, if I make any changes to my images after uploading them, Lightroom will keep track of the changes and if I click back on my published collection I will see any images that need re-publishing.  Of course this only works if you have an active Internet connection but you can also publish to a folder on your hard drive and then use that folder as an upload source to places like Facebook or your stock agency or wherever.  I’m looking forward to seeing even more development on this handy new feature.

Publishing Services is located under the Collections panel in the Library.

Publishing Services is located under the Collections panel in the Library.

The Publishing Manager works just like the Export Manager.

The Publishing Manager works just like the Export Manager, with many of the same settings.

When you modify a published file, Lightroom will keep track so you can upload your changes and keep your files current.

When you modify a published file, Lightroom will keep track so you can upload your changes and keep your files current.

Any comments that are left on Flickr are delivered back to Lightroom.

Any comments that are left on Flickr are delivered back to Lightroom.

My Lightroom Beta 3 Word of Caution -

Lightroom 3 is currently in beta format and will probably take on quite a few changes before being released as a final version.  If you have downloaded a copy, you should use it knowing that any libraries that you build will not be imported into the final shipping version of Lightroom 3.  That’s because there could be so many changes to the beta version that it would be difficult to program in the imports.  You will however be able to import all your Lightroom 2 catalogs into the final version.

Comments

  1. Hi, I have downloaded the Beta version of Lightroom 3 and am most excited about the Watermarking and publishing features. both work great.

    at the end of this article under “Word of Caution”… I recently went in to do some work on my previous full version of 2.5? and the v3 always came up. No matter what program I icon I tried to open… I always got v3.

    I was ok with it and went ahead with my work and figured since all my edits from my previous version came through on this, that it would do the same once I do get a full version of the new one…. any thoughts?

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