Adobe Labs has provided a free downloadable beta version of Lightroom 3. There are several improvements that are noticeable up front. One of them is that you’re supposed to actually see improved images on your screen, although maybe that’s more apparent down the road. People that downloaded LR B3 already praise how noise handling is greatly improved. There’s already talk that this version is going to hammer Photoshop sales. We doubt that anything will be quite so apparent. But, based on features, cost, User Interface, and other hooks it certainly reminds us many past years ago when the Apple II line was heavily invaded by the Mac Group over at Cupertino. The Macintosh people had a pirate’s flag hoisted on the mast. The public beta will timeout on April 30, 2010. You can learn more about LR B3 here.