Lightroom 4 Released with new Pricing
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.
Many of the testers and Adobe staff have further links about the release:
- Julieanne Kost has a series of tutorial videos
- Jeffrey Friedl has a post on his blog, note his warning for those with geocoded images.
- Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen, has a What’s New
- Laura Shoe has a summary and a 25 minute video
- Colin Smith at Photoshop Cafe has an article and a 10 hour video
- Ian Lyons has an overview of the whole product