Adobe has released an update to its photographic workflow application, Lightroom beta software.

Lightroom beta 2.0 is now available as a Universal binary, which means it can run natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs.

The beta also includes new Crop and Straighten tools in the Develop module, the ability to add music to slideshows, and the ability to create hierarchical keyword lists to give photographers a way to group and manage image keywords more efficiently.

Adobe also improved the Edit functionality to provide photographers with more options for choosing how an image is delivered to Adobe Photoshop CS2 based on its native file format.

Adobe recently outlined its Intel plans for Creative Suite and other products saying it does not plan to re-release current applications just to add Intel support.

Lightroom Public Beta 2.0 for Mac OS X is available for free download from the Adobe Labs website. Recommended system requirements for the beta are Mac OS X 10.4.3, 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 768MB RAM and a 1,024 x 768 resolution screen.

Adobe said the final product is expected to be introduced in late 2006. Further details – including price – have yet to be determined.