Adobe has just officially released its Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 photo management software. This was a rather quick release/update, since the beta version of Lightroom 4 had only been available for a few months. With the announcement of Lightroom 4 come very important and exciting news – Adobe decided to permanently lower the price of the Lightroom product line by half, from $299 to $149! That’s right, if you have never owned Lightroom before, now you can buy it brand spanking new for $149. The upgrade price also got halved. If you already own LR3, then you pay $79 for an upgrade. Now the recent price decrease of Lightroom 3 to $69 makes sense – if you add the $79 upgrade fee, it totals $148, which is what Adobe wants to charge for Lightroom 4.
So, what features are new to Lightroom 4 and should you consider upgrading from Lightroom 3? Let’s take a look at the new features and changes:
- Updated Lightroom storage engine, which makes Lightroom 4 faster
- New Image Process Version 2012 that unlocks new LR4 features (see below)
- Better highlight and shadow recovery
- New White Balance capabilities, including a White Balance brush that allows changing white balance selectively on images with mixed lighting sources
- New editing brushes for noise reduction and moiré removal
- Better GPS integration with maps
- Extended video support, including limited video editing capabilities, playback and video export
- Built-in soft proofing capability (previewing images for print)
- Capability to create Photo Books/Albums
- More online sharing options and integration
- Ability to email photographs directly from Lightroom
- Ability to import and convert LR3 databases
- One click Chromatic Aberration removal
- Ability to burn CD/DVD disks in Lightroom
- Support for Nikon D4, D800, D800E and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
There are many other new features and changes in Lightroom 4, which I will post in a separate article that compares LR4 and LR3.
See the videos at Lightroom 4 Launch Center.
To see the above in more detail, see my Lightroom 4 Review.
Lightroom 4 Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 will be available tomorrow, March 6 2012. You can get your copy / upgrade from the below links: