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.
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.