Adobe's Lightroom application has been in development for quite some time, with 3 Mac beta versions having been released so far.

The process of development is set to speed up considerably with Adobe's recent acquisition of Pixmantec.

Pixmantec's RawShooter products, which includes the free essentials program as well as the Premium product garnered rave reviewers from professional photographers for its simplicity, powerful tools, and reasonable pricetag.

"With high-quality digital cameras now within reach of every photographer, customers are gravitating to raw file formats that allow them to get more control over final results", said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe.

"By combining Pixmantec's raw processing technology and expertise with our own, we're continuing to deliver on the promise that even your existing raw files can be processed with increasing quality as our software technology evolves."

RawShooter Premium is now being discontinued to prepare for its integration with Lightroom, although essentials will still be available until the Lightroom beta is finished.

Current Pixmantec customers will continue to be supported by Adobe.

Because the Lightroom beta is not yet complete, no pricing information has been released. Pixmantec RawShooter Premium had a pricetag of $99, which was remarkably low for such a powerful piece of software.