Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for Windows and Macintosh has been released.

It has been re-built from its core to be lightening fast and responsive, providing a fluid experience for photographers. Images load almost instantaneously, and the import experience has been redesigned to be more intuitive, with added previews and default selections that give users quick access to sort through and find images. It allows users to import and manage DSLR video files, as well as take advantage of tethered shooting for select Nikon and Canon cameras.

New state-of-the-art photographic tools also help photographers bring out the best in their images. Luminance and Colour Noise Reduction tools help produce a clearer picture from high ISO or underexposed images while still preserving details, and the highly-requested Automatic Lens Correction feature can dramatically improve the results possible with any lens. Users now also have a straighten tool to perfect vertical and horizontal perspective, plus additional presets for applying more photographic adjustment styles, and three new contemporary vignette styles and a Grain effect to add a more natural look with images.

You can upgrade to this from Lightroom 1 or 2 for just under £75 or buy for around £230. Full details can be found at www.adobe.com