First Impression of Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom has a very elegant and beautiful user interface, in my opinion. The UI is task-based and depending on the task (library, develop, slideshow, print and web) selected, the UI changes to show you only those functionalities you need to perform the task. No longer are there long list of file menu to go through to search for function required. Indeed, the Lightroom file menu is seldom needed that I have it auto-hide.

The other aspect of the UI is that it has 4 collapsible panel groups (Top, Left, Bottom, Right) that can be shown or hide all by keyboard, allowing me to maximise the main screen or display panels that I need with ease.

Unfortunately Lightroom doesn’t support dual-monitor yet. Otherwise I would give its UI a rating of 10 out of 10.

I hope other Adobe software, in particular, Acrobat, would follow the lead and adopt similar UI.

If you want to test Lightroom out, it is available at:

Updated (1 May 2008): Apparently Microsoft also likes the UI of Lightroom very much that they have recruited the Mark Hamburg, the Adobe Lightroom programming guru to join them to work on the user experience of MS software. Read John Nack’s blog at:


~ by brianchau on February 22, 2007.

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