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Lightroom 4.2 Released

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Lightroom 4.2, which has been in Adobe Labs for a few weeks, has been released into the wild. Aside from several bug fixes, there is new camera support, new tethered capture support, and new lens profile support.

Updates can be found at Adobe.com. You will also find updates for Camera Raw and DNG Converter to version 7.2. Updates can also be found in the update mechanisms available in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fuji FinePix F800EXR
  • Leaf Credo 40
  • Leaf Credo 60
  • Leica S
  • Leica D-LUX 6
  • Leica V-LUX 4
  • Nikon Coolpix P7700
  • Nikon 1 J2
  • Nikon D600*
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Pentax K-30
  • Samsung EX2F
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A99V
  • Sony DSC-RX100

There is also preliminary support for the Nikon D600. This comes with the caveat that image appearance may differ in the final version.

Tethered Capture

  • Canon EOS Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS Kiss REBEL T3i
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • Canon EOS Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • Canon EOS 1100D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800e

New Lens Profiles

  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STMn
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
  • LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.
  • LEICA APO MACRO SUMMARIT-S 120 mm f/2.5 (CS)
  • LEICA ELMARIT-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. (CS)
  • LEICA SUMMARIT-S 35 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
  • LEICA SUMMARIT-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
  • LEICA APO ELMAR-S 180 mm f/3.5 (CS)
  • LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.
  • LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH
  • Hasselblad HCD 4/28
  • Hasselblad HC 3,5/35
  • Hasselblad HC 3,5/50
  • Hasselblad HC 2,8/80
  • Hasselblad HC 2,2/100
  • Hasselblad HC Macro 4/120
  • Hasselblad HC 3,2/150
  • Hasselblad HC 4/210
  • Hasselblad HC 4,5/300
  • Hasselblad HC 3,5-4,5/50-110
  • Hasselblad HCD 4-5,6/35-90
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZF.2
  • Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 XS
  • Pentax smc DA 50mm F1.8
  • Pentax smc DA 645 25mm F4 AL (IF) SDM AW
  • Pentax smc D FA 645 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW
  • Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM
  • Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

For more information, please see Tom Hogarty’s Lightroom Journal.

Lightroom 4.2 RC posted to Labs

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Adobe have posted a release candidate of Lightroom 4.2 to Adobe Labs.

This new release contains several bug fixes and camera support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M
  • Fuji FinePix F800EXR
  • Leaf Credo 40
  • Leaf Credo 60
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Pentax K-30
  • Sony DSC-RX100

It also supports Albums in Adobe Revel 1.5.

All feedback should be directed to the Labs forums which are available here.

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1 (and ACR 7.1) released

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

After a few weeks as an Adobe Labs release, Lightroom 4.1 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.1 have seen the light of day. The version of Lightroom is a later build than the RC2 which was posted on Labs and contains more bug fixes and Camera support. The main new features from the RC versions are unchanged. They include:

  • Ability to process HDR TIFF files
  • The new colour fringing tools
  • Save photobooks created in the Book Module as JPEG files
  • Publishing photos to Adobe Revel is now accessible via a Publish plugin

Download Links

Lightroom 4.1 Windows and Macintosh (or use the built in update mechanism). If you have the Mac App Store version, this will be updated soon.

Adobe Camera Raw 7.1 Windows and Macintosh

DNG Converter 7.1 Windows and Macintosh

Camera Support

These new cameras are supported:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 60Da
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji X-Pro1
  • Leaf Credo 80
  • Leica M Monochrom
  • Leica X2
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
  • Pentax K-01
  • RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-F3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A37
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A57

For more information on Bug Fixes and Lens Support, visit Tom Hogarty’s Lightroom Journal

Lightroom 4 now available on the North American Mac App Store

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Adobe have made a version of Lightroom 4 available on the North American Mac App Store (MAS). If you are familiar with how the MAS works, this is a version of Lightroom where you buy the software on the store and it is licensed to your iTunes account. Updates, for the time being, will be free and served by the MAS) but this is considered a standalone product so isn’t cross compatible with the boxed version or Adobe’s own ESD version.

For the full skinny visit Tom Hogarty’s blog, and to buy Lightroom, current price $149.99, visit the Mac App Store.

Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 and DNG Convertor 6.7 are released

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 and the DNG Converter have now been released. This is the last release which will support Photoshop CS5.

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

For more information and links to downloads, check out Lightroom Journal.

Release Candidate of Lightroom 4.1 posted to Adobe Labs

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

As announced earlier in the week a Release Candidate of Lightroom 4.1 has been posted to Adobe Labs.

There is one new camera supported, the Canon 5D MkIII and this release contains the following fixes:

  • Lightroom 4 did not properly open external applications when using the “Edit In” functionality.
  • Point Curve adjustments made in Lightroom 3 have been restored.
  • Addressed performance issues in Lightroom 4, particularly when loading GPS track logs, using a secondary monitor, and the controls within the Develop module.
  • Ability to update DNG previews and metadata for more than 100 photos has been restored.
  • This update allows for improved viewing of subfolders and stacks in folders with a large number of photos.
  • It was possible that a layout of a saved book could be lost after quitting Lightroom 4.

Please download it and provide any feedback on the Lightroom Forum

Lightroom 4 Released with new Pricing

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

After a very short time as a Public Beta, Lightroom 4 has been fully released to the public. Adobe have also lowered the price to $149 (£103.88, €130,36) and upgrades are $79 (£59.09, €74,15). Upgrades can be from any version.

Since the Public Beta was released, there have been some changes, not a huge list as in the past, but that is reflected in the short time between Public Beta and this release.

  • Reverse geocoding now available in the Map Module
  • Revamped and improved auto tone in Develop based on new controls
  • Increased range of local white balance controls (temperature and tint)
  • Updated Develop presets plus added new presets for video
  • Maximum Blurb book size is now 240 pages
  • Over 800 bugs found and fixed!

There are the usual crop of new Cameras and Lenses supported, unfortunately there will be a bit of a wait for the just released Canon 5D Mk III for Lightroom users, but ACR and DNG users do have support in the Release Candidates mentioned below:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E

A further set of lenses from Tokina, Leica, Nikon, Sigma and Tamron are now supported (the full list is available on Tom Hogarty’s Lightroom Journal.)

Also released are Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 RC and DNG Converter 6.7 RC which help maintain compatibility with Photoshop CS 5. These are available on Adobe Labs and are not final, but they have been extensively tested. As mentioned they contain support for the Canon 5D Mk III. So the way to get Lightroom support is to convert your 5D Mk III files to DNG using the DNG Converter, then import them into Lightroom.

Links

Many of the testers and Adobe staff have further links about the release:

Lightroom 4 Public Beta available

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Lightroom 4 Public Beta has been posted to the Adobe Labs site. This new version incorporates many exciting features which have been long requested. You can discuss the Public Beta over at the Adobe Labs Community Forum.

A traditional word of warning at this stage. This is a beta release for you to try on copies of your files, certainly not for use with your main Library. There are some fundamental changes to the way images are rendered in Lightroom 4, so the strong recommendation is to copy a subset of your images to a different folder or disk and experiment with those. Don’t use your main image set! There are no guarantees, that the final release of Lightroom 4, will support any changes you make in the Public Beta.

The new feature list is extensive, so I will highlight the main features with some more in-depth descriptions of what they are all about, and then a roundup of some of the links from other commentators.

Feature Overview

Two New Modules

For v4 Adobe have added two hugely requested modules to Lightroom; Maps and Books. Maps is a Geolocation module for your images. You can geotag images within the Maps module, search for locations, create saved locations, manage privacy settings for saved locations and load GPX data created by GPS units or even phone apps.

The second new module is Books. Adobe have teamed up with Blurb to offer a Photo Book creation tool within Lightroom. It comes with over 180 professionally designed page layouts, it has a flexible auto-layout tool and you can customise layouts with presets. Not only can you print direct to Blurb but you have the option of  exporting your book as a PDF, so you can use other services or even use it as the basis of an InDesign layout for further customisation.

DNG and Develop

The DNG format has received a big upgrade for this release. A new Process Version, PV, (2012) has been introduced which not only changes the look of an image, more noticeable with an existing image  than a new one which will have the PV applied by default, but also changes the toolset in Develop to offer even greater control over an image. Anyone disappointed with the rendering capabilities of Lightroom in the past, might find that they have a lot more flexibility with the new PV, and be much happier with the rendering capabilities. You should find there is more depth in the colour and more headroom. I would advise spending plenty of time with the new controls, to really road test them so you are comfortable with what they can now achieve.

When an image is converted or imported with the 2012 Process Version the Basic controls in the Develop Module will change to reflect the new features. Instead of Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light and Blacks, you will now see Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks as your options in the Basic Panel. And as you will find as you use them, they offer much greater control for getting the most out of your images.


The Point Curve tool has also been updated to allow Red, Green and Blue channel editing. That Lightroom has a Point Curve tool still surprises many (in fact I pointed it out to a user of Lightroom just before Christmas and he was delighted!) but this update to it will please many.

As well as the new Process Versions and Develop Controls, Clarity has been updated to give better results without artefacts and halos that used to be prominent in v3. Chromatic Aberration in Lens Correction panel has been much improved.

In the Local Adjustment tool, you can now adjust Noise Reduction, Temperature and Tint, Shadows, Highlights and, for those who shoot products and fine material, Moiré.

Other enhancements to the DNG format, include a Fast Load Data option, which improves the loading performance in the Develop module. DNG now has a Lossy compression option, which provides file size reductions with a minimal impact on quality. It is envisaged that this will be ideal for archiving rejects (if you keep them) or reducing the size of time-lapse projects without losing the quality of RAW. Resolution reduction allows you to export a reduced resolution version of your file, while retaining the advantages of RAW and there are now metadata and filter options for DNG filetypes.

Note that you need to select Camera Raw v 6.6 and later as your compatibility format to enable Fast Load and Lossy Compression.

Video Support

With a huge number of still cameras supporting video creation, Lightroom has stepped up from supporting, viewing and managing video files to include a raft of new features.

You can now playback video within Lightroom (previously you had to use the QuickTime Player), you can now trim Video in and out points, set a Video Poster frame, extract a single frame from a video as a JPEG file, Lightroom supports most popular DSLR, compact and phone video formats including AVCHD.

Videos can be adjusted with a subset of controls used on images: White Balance, Basic Tone; including: Exposure, Contrast, White and Black Clipping, Saturation and Vibrance, Tone Curve, Colour Treatment, Black and White, Split Toning, Process Version and Calibration.

You can also publish videos direct to Facebook and Flickr.

Obviously this doesn’t take the place of using Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Avid or any other high end solutions, but it is a big improvement on what we had before.

 

Soft Proofing

There will be a big cheer from many for the inclusion of Soft Proofing. Perhaps one of the most requested features in Lightroom, this perhaps more than any completes the workflow of a typical photographer. As is now traditional with Lightroom, the solution provided is simple and elegant, but does exactly what it needs to!

And here is a close up of the Soft Proofing Panel

If you ‘Create Proof Copy’ it will go into your Collections as a Print Collection item.

Other Features

In the last few years Adobe has added JDIs to their major projects These ‘Just Do Its’ are those niggly little features that should have been done years ago, but no one thought they were worth adding engineering resource to fix. In Lightroom 4, there are a bunch of these, as well as a couple of other features.

You can now Email directly from within Lightroom, once you have configured your email client to do so. Presets are appropriate for email.

 

JDIs

New Zoom ratios (1:8 and 1:16), Mac version includes language selection option in Preferences. You can now move multiple folders from volume to volume (this is a huge hooray from me!), the White Balance sample area is zoom-level dependent, it used to be too small if you were dealing with a noisy image. You can now see your noise reduction adjustment at all zoom levels (this, I think, will please many). You can collapse the Tether toolbar to a minimal view of the Shutter Button using Option/Alt. The Module Picker can be customised using a right click – you will notice in the screenshots, mine doesn’t include Slideshow or Web, which are my least used modules. Presets are displayed in a hierarchical view in the Library Module and the default presets are also hierarchical in the Develop Module. You can filter and search images by a saved or unsaved metadata property. There is a Layout overlay for tethered shooting workflow when attempting to match a specific layout template, photos in publish collections that have been modified can be set to not re-publish, there are additional metadata controls on export. Disk burning now available on Windows 64-bit systems, Stacking is now possible in collections, Flash galleries are now colour managed, there are per-module walkthrough tips. The “Lens Correction” section of the Develop Preset dialog has been reordered to match the panel order: Lens Profile Corrections, Transform, Lens Vignetting, Chromatic Aberration. A button has been added to the “Presets” tab of the prefs dialog for resetting Develop presets back to their defaults. You can right-click on a preset, new choice to Apply on Import.

And finally one particular thing to note is that Flag status is now ‘global’ (One setting per image regardless of location in folder or collection), which for a JDI is actually quite a big change.

So hopefully that makes for a solid release for the Public Beta. If the past is anything to go by there will be much debate in the Adobe Labs Community Forum, so make sure you head over there and not the usual Adobe Forum to comment, and who knows, when it is released there may be some more goodies to play with.

Meanwhile here are some resources from fellow testers.

Resources – these will be updated as more are posted and links are refined

Lightroom Journal, Tom Hogarty: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/

Sean McCormack: http://www.pixiq.com/article/lightroom-4-beta

John Beardsworth: http://lightroomsolutions.com

Victoria Bampton: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/2012/01/09/whats-new-in-lightroom-4-0-beta

Ian Lyons: http://computer-darkroom.com/lr4_beta_preview/lr4-preview-1.htm

Laura Shoe: http://laurashoe.com/

Rob Sylvian: http://lr4beta.lightroomers.com

Gene McCullagh: http://lightroomsecrets.com/2012/01/lightroom-4-public-beta-is-here

Matt Dawson: http://thephotogeek.com/adobe-releases-lightroom-4-beta

David Marx: http://thelightroomlab.com/2012/01/introducing-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-version-4-beta/

French

Gilles Theophile: http://www.utiliser-lightroom.com/blog/2012/01/08/lightroom-4-en-beta-publique-est-disponible/

Portuguese

Clicio Barroso: http://www.clicio.com.br/blog/

Dutch

Piet Van den Eynde: http://www.morethanwords.be/blog

Lightroom 3.6 and ACR 6.6 available

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Lightroom 3.6 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.6 have been released from Adobe Labs and are now available for download. The releases contain the usual mix of newly supported cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes.

New Cameras Supported

  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Fuji FinePix X10
  • Leica V-LUX 3
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Panasonic DMC-GX1
  • Ricoh GR Digital IV
  • Samsung NX5
  • Samsung NX200
  • Sony NEX-7

For more info check out Lightroom Journal and download the updates

Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Adobe have posted Release Candidates of Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 to Adobe Labs.

These releases contain support for new cameras and new Lens Profiles.

The new cameras supported are:

  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
  • Samsung NX5

For more info, either see the Lightroom Journal announcement page, or head over to Adobe Labs to download them.