I work as a developer, and one of my interests is UI (user interface) design. I place so much value on this that I even started using the Mac platform more because I prefer the OS X user interface over that of Windows XP and Vista. Yes, working environment is that important to me.
Lightroom also has a very good UI design. Working within the Lightroom environment is more exciting for me than working in Photoshop and other similar programs.
What’s interesting to me is how Lightroom is logically divided into 4 modules to help the user maintain a good workflow. Prior to Lightroom, I used four different applications and had to navigate among these programs to export and import photos, build and export annotations (keywording), and even copy photos to make sure the originals didn’t get effected. With Lightroom, photos are only imported once and can then be organized, developed, printed and exported to the web as one task or exported in various format and sizes. Jumping back and forth in the workflow is quick and easy with all changes to pictures in modules instantly visible in other modules, no special action required, and without affecting the original images. The interface design helps even the most scattered photographers maintain a certain degree of organization.
Lightroom’s well-designed user interface compelled me to switch from other applications. And because it runs on both Mac and Windows, I had the freedom to change platforms too.