Wonderful John, thanks! also, do you have any idea when "soon" is, concerning the release of the update? I have Phase One Plus files that will be unofficially supported in 1.1 and am anxious to process these files in Lightroom. Thanks again, Eleanor
Eleanor - go to the Adobe Downloads site, find Camera Raw and DNG Converter 4.1 for your platform (Windows or Mac as appropriate). You should be able to run those Phase One Plus files through DNG Converter 4.1, then import the DNGs into Lightroom. If it doesn't work, then unless you get a message back to Adobe that it doesn't work, it may not be fixed in Lightroom 1.1.
DNG Converter is a standalone application; it doesn't need you to have a 'host' application that works with the corresponding version of Camera Raw.
The code behind Camera Raw 4.1 is, I understand, the new RAW engine that's going into Lightroom 1.1. If you have Photoshop CS3 or some recent versions of Elements (though, as is usual with Elements, not all Adobe Camera Raw features are supported), you can update to Camera Raw 4.1 and try the new features out. The easiest way to update Photoshop CS3 is to run Updates on the Help menu, not least as you'll pick up other updates at the same time (Bridge 2.1, if you have a Creative Suite you'll also get Version Cue CS3 3.1).
I'm excited by the new sharpening and 'clarity' features; I've reworked a couple of Photoshop CS3 files to use them (being able to bring in Camera Raw files as Smart Objects in Photoshop CS3 is so useful!).
I, too, am looking forward to Lightroom 1.1, but it's important that Adobe gets it right. I'm not a beta tester, but I'd guess at some time this month or possibly early July. Only time will tell; I suspect Adobe are working to milestones and goals rather than a specific date.