September 13, 2007

Camera Raw 4.2, Lightroom 1.2 now available

I’m pleased to report that Camera Raw 4.2 (download for Mac|Win) and Lightroom 1.2 (Mac|Win) are now available for download from Adobe.com, and via the Adobe Update Manager (choose Help->Updates within Photoshop or Lightroom). 

These releases add support for a number of cameras (and yes, 40D shooters, you can stop stuffing the feature request form now ;-)):

Canon

  • EOS 40D
Panasonic

  • DMC-FZ18

Fuji

  • FinePix IS-1
Pentax

  • K100D Super

Leaf

  • Aptus 17
  • Aptus 54s
  • Aptus 75s
Phase One

  • P 20 +
  • P 21 +
  • P 25 +
  • P 30 +
  • P 45 +

Olympus

  • EVOLT E-510
Sony

  • Alpha 700

It’s possible to use these cameras in older versions of Photoshop by converting their proprietary formats to DNG using the new version of the free DNG Converter.  In case you want the full details of what’s new & improved in these releases, read on for this post’s extended entry.

Camera Raw 4.2 Notes

  • Camera Raw 4.2 does not support the Canon EOS 1D Mark III sRAW format at this time
  • Lightroom and Camera Raw will be updated together to ensure raw format and settings compatibility.  
  • Noise reduction adjustment for all cameras with Bayer Pattern sensor:  The base point noise reduction applied at the demosaic stage of raw processing has been reduced.  The resulting effect is that images with zero luminance noise reduction applied in Camera Raw 4.2 will contain more noise than the identical settings in Camera Raw 4.1 but less noise than identical settings in Camera Raw 4.0.

Lightroom 1.2 Notes

Lightroom 1.2 includes corrections for the following issues:

  • Lightroom 1.1 catalogs with user-specified sort order could not be imported into another catalog
  • Lightroom 1.1 for Windows could at times display gray boxes instead of image thumbnails
  • The preference to write XMP metadata automatically in Lightroom 1.1 could attempt to write metadata indefinitely for offline images causing significant performance problems
  • Images could be dropped from the Quick Collection upon reordering of the source folder
  • Catalogs could not be exported to drives smaller than 250MB
  • The Web Module was not accessible in Lightroom 1.1 on the Macintosh platform when Lightroom was installed on case-sensitive volumes such as the Case Sensitive HFS+ (Journaled) volume
  • Errors occurred exporting to a Linux SMB network volume
  • Scroll position in the grid view was not maintained when changing the view option using the J shortcut key
  • The tokens for image number and image count were not displaying properly in the Slideshow module
  • The metadata panel could display incorrectly on Windows
  • Slideshows on the Macintosh platform did not display properly when a 256MB ATI graphics card was connected to 30 " LCD
  • The Lightroom 1.1 Web module export did not position the copyright tag in the same location displayed in the preview
  • The auto-eject functionality on Windows ejected the card reader device in addition to the card
  • Noise reduction adjustment for all cameras with Bayer Pattern sensor:  The base point noise reduction applied at the demosaic stage of raw processing has been reduced.  The resulting effect is that images with zero luminance noise reduction applied in Lightroom 1.2 will contain more noise than the identical settings in Lightroom 1.1 but less noise than identical settings in Lightroom 1.0.
  • 1:1 previews were not discarded according to the timing set in the Lightroom preferences
  • 1:1 previews are not built for an entire set of images when requested after import

[Update: In response to Jan & Andy's questions (below) about language preferences, this info from the Lightroom team may be helpful.]

Posted by John Nack at 9:41 PM on September 13, 2007
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