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Adobe lets you download and use the recently released Adobe Lightroom 3 public beta, for FREE! There is however a catch. You can download the beta and use it until the product expires. The current Lightroom 3 public beta will expire on April 30, 2010.

Adobe Lightroom 3 is a digital darkroom and efficient assistant designed for serious amateur and prefessional photographers. With Lightroom, you can organize, enhance, and showcase your images all from one fast and nimble application that’s available on Macintosh and Windows platforms.

For more details on the new functionality in the Lightroom 3 beta you can watch three short videos about what's new.

New enhanced features:

- watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
- new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
- portable sharable slideshows with audio-designed, in order to save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
- film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
- new import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
- more flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)

Download Adobe Lightroom 3 Public Beta

For a free Adobe Lightroom alternative (multi-platform), see: RAW Therapee.