The latest buzz to hit the photography world has been a trinity of buzz and hype.  First, Canon announced the 1D Mark IV, then, on the heels of that, Adobe announced the release of Lightroom 3 in Beta form.  To round things out, Lensbaby came out with a couple new optical shift lenses to appeal to the creatively inclined.  I mentioned the 1D Mark IV last week, and today I was going to give a rundown of what the buzz is all about with Lightroom.  We all know about the new features including exporting video (musical slideshows), and I was going to show you screenshots and share a few here on the blog.  But, rather than join the fray in a rush to point out the “cool” factor, an interesting experience illustrated exactly why you must tread carefully with betas.

See, it installed and worked perfectly well with Windows XP, but when I went to load it on my trustworthy Mac running OSX 10.4 (Tiger), got an odd error:

Lightroom 3.0 Beta Error
Lightroom 3.0 Beta Error

As those of us in IT say when we see cryptic errors like this:  “That’s not so good…”

But here, it just serves as a reminder to those of you early adopters out there – keep your existing workflow as you experiment with Lightroom 3, because after all, that’s why they call it a “Beta”!  So, any thoughts on why this would happen?  Feel free to sound off in the comments or with me via email or Twitter.  I’m not too worried about it as I’ve got my LR2 and iPhoto to work with, so am happy just acting as a tester in the Windows world.

Last but not least, I know I promised to have a winner for the October contest announced today, but time just ran away from me with several projects coming to a culmination over the past few days. (Good news for the blog and podcast though as tons of content is about to pour through the siphon here!)  That announcement will come tomorrow…and until then, keep on shooting!

ETA:  Based on the initial comments and my actually taking the time to read the docmentation, it does appear my version of OSX (Tiger, or 10.4) is not supported with Lightroom 3.0 Beta, so until I upgrade the OS, my Beta experience will be restricted to Windows XP.

8 thoughts on “That’s why they call it a “Beta” (or RTFM)

  1. Adobe did say that won’t be supporting power pc
    macs but never mentioned Tiger. Hmm…

  2. I am running Tiger and could not install Lightroom 3. After many tries I finally called Adobe thch support only to find out it will only run on Leopard or above. Why didn’t they say something in the download section of their site? It would have saved a lot of peoples time and frustration.
    I do enjoy your Blogg.
    Best,
    Gary H

  3. I’m running LR3 Beta in a virtual machine to avoid any conflict with my “real” work – it looks good so far, though I’m not convinced of the new import routines.

    It’s a shame Adobe didn’t just put “this version of your O/S is not supported” at the begining of the install, instead of waiting until the Finish Up stage to come up with a cryptic clue. But, as you say, it’s beta, and its good that companies these days allow public beta testing.
    .-= Kevin Mullins´s last blog ..Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Coleshill =-.

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