Following onto a successful public beta period, the long-awaited Adobe Lightroom 4 final release began shipping earlier this week, and has some folks pretty excited about the new features and capabilities. There’s a complete list further below, but some of the biggies include much better video support, soft proofing, integrated maps and photo books, enhanced sharing & exporting, and some amazing improvements to the Develop module.
We’ve got a new video set from the popular Julianne Kost giving a thorough review of what’s new and improved… (2 hours of coverage; see Table of Contents) If you want to try out the software for yourself, the 30-day free trials are also now available for download.
New Features in Lightroom 4 (Video Collection)
What’s the Difference between Lightroom 4 vs. Lightroom 3?
First off, we should mention something a little controversial regarding older computers: Adobe is dropping support for the ten-year-old Microsoft Windows XP with this release… The official LR4 system requirements call for Windows Vista or 7, or if you’re running Mac OS then it must be a 64-bit capable (how to tell). And if you’re wondering why they did this, Adobe recently put up a new post explaining why.
So here’s the punch list of what’s changed, the top-level new features in LR4 (courtesy of Ian Lyon’s excellent review):
|Library & Workflow:||Native video support including basic editing|
|Manage images by location (geotagging) with the new Map module|
|Reverse Geocoding (new since LR4 beta version)|
|Enhanced DNG support|
|Develop:||New Process Version 2012 (PV2012)|
|Simplified Basic Adjustments (tone controls)|
|Per-channels Curves adjustments|
|Updated Clarity adjustment|
|Additional local adjustments|
|Automatic Chromatic Aberration correction|
|Output:||Integrated Photo Book production (Blurb) in the new Books module|
|Enhanced output model for storing settings applied in Web, Slideshow, Print and Book modules|
|Video publishing via Publish Collections|
|Email directly from within Lightroom|
|Adobe Revel (formerly Carousel) export|
Compare Versions: LR4 vs. LR3 vs. LR2
Click on the chart below for a release-by-release feature comparison:
And for more in-depth on each of those new features, check out this detail page.
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