Lightroom Tips

Invite a Friend to Lightroom 2 Beta

This one kind of snuck past a lot of people but it’s starting to surface now because it’s been over 30 day’s since LR 2 beta was announced. Here’s the deal. If you own Lightroom 1 then you can download and use the LR 2 beta until it expires in August. However, if you don’t already own LR 1 and you install the LR 2 beta on a machine that doesn’t have LR 1 on it, LR 2 will expire in 30 days from the day of install. Now this is where it gets tricky. You can have a friend (who owns LR 1) invite you to the full duration of the beta program. You can invite up to 5 people at a time. Here’s the link. What if you don’t have any friends? Well, my friend (see, there… I’m your friend) then you’ll have to resort to begging other people to invite you. The best place to do this would be to contribute to the discussions and make some friends over at the LR 2 Beta forums on Adobe’s website. Also, if you’re a NAPP member there’s a dedicated Lightroom forum on the NAPP member website.

To recap:
• To invite a friend click here
• To visit Adobe’s LR 2 beta forum click here
• To visit NAPP’s members only Lightroom forum click here
• To make friends, click here.



  1. Terry 20 May, 2008 at 07:03 Reply

    Now that I’m starting to make new catalogs for each shoot, how can I keep my Identity Plate Setup so that it always loads for each new catalog?

  2. Willy 17 May, 2008 at 01:30 Reply


    Actually, you can invite five people at a time. Once you send your invite you are asked if you want to send more invites. I have sent maybe 20-30 invites so far and there doesn’t seem to be an end. I think Adobe wants this public beta to be fully tested.

    LR2 beta allows you to output. You cannot import your LR1.x catalogs which is a good thing in this case because it is only beta. Also I wouldn’t recommend using it for all you production work especially if you have LR1.x. Lastly, here is the link to the LR1.41 update download

    — Willy

  3. Zac 16 May, 2008 at 16:44 Reply

    Is the beta still only allowing you to “play” with it with no way of outputting? I’m with Nic, I don’t have time to play, unless it’s producing some sort of productive output. Hopefully, this will come to fruition some time soon.

  4. Tore Jonssen 16 May, 2008 at 11:38 Reply

    I just had a major computer crash and had to buy a new one. No I’m having trouble getting hold of the 1.4.1 update – Lightroom takes me right to the Beta download instead. What happened with support for existing Lightroom users…?

  5. david 16 May, 2008 at 10:13 Reply

    Hi Matt. Thanks for reminding me about this. I have been meaning to send it to a friend who is patiently waiting for LR2 to come out so he doesn’t have to buy 1.4 and then in a few months pay out an upgrade fee to get 2. If I recall correctly, Adobe only gives about 1 month grace if you buy a version that is subsequently upgraded. My friend really wants the ‘dodge and burn’ feature so LR2 is his only option. Have a good weekend. It is a long weekend up here in Canada. Queen’s (official) birthday and all that. Fireworks. Yahoo!

  6. Nic 16 May, 2008 at 00:00 Reply

    why all the games with this beta….I was one of the early buyers of Lightroom and enjoy it…I am to busy using 1.4 for work to even get into a beta….just get 2.0 one on the market and make the upgrade cost fair for all…but lets not wait a year like last time…

  7. Kris 15 May, 2008 at 18:28 Reply

    I have plenty of friends, just no photography buffs that have Lightroom — how sad for me. I downloaded all of your presets Matt and thoroughly enjoyed working with them. Hopefully I will meet someone along the way that might be able to invite me to for the full beta — otherwise, I will just be saving my $$$ for the full version.

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