It’s live! Lightroom 4 has just been released after a short 2 month beta period.
Thank you to everyone who joined in testing the beta and offering feedback. The list of bugs fixed is huge – around 800 since the beta, at the last count.
The feature set is largely the same as the beta version, so we won’t list everything again, but if you missed the previous list, you can find it here.
A few other changes to be aware of:
- Can now upgrade catalogs from prior versions
- Reverse geocoding now works
- Develop has had further ‘tweaks’
- Improved auto tone in Develop
- Increased range of local white balance controls (temperature and tint)
- Changes to rolloff of highlight rendering
- Changes to positive Clarity to reduce overall image brightening.
- More tuning to auto CA algorithm.
- Re-added the Process Version checkbox in the copy/sync dialog
- Updated Develop presets + added new ones for video
- Maximum Blurb book size is now 240 pages
As usual, there’s some new camera support:
- Canon EOS 1D X, Powershot G1 X, PowerShot S100V
- Fuji F505 EXR, F605 EXR, HS30 EXR, HS33 EXR, X-S1
- Nikon D4, D800, D800E
But the big news this morning? PRICING! For the first time in Lightroom’s history, the pricing is changing, but it’s not going up…. it’s going down! The full version Lightroom price will be lowered from $299 to $149 (€109 excl. VAT), with upgrades and education editions at just $79 (€62 excl. VAT). There’s no reason to put off upgrading now!
With all of the new features added in Lightroom 4, especially the new improved Develop rendering, and now the new low pricing too, there’s no reason not to upgrade. You can purchase direct from Adobe or from your favorite retailer. For now, download the trial and let us know what you think!
In the meantime, I’m putting the finishing touches to Adobe Lightroom 4 – The Missing FAQ, and it’s available to preorder now.