March 06, 2012

Lightroom 4 arrives (at a great new price, too)

I’m delighted to say that Lightroom 4 is now available!  Tom Hogarty writes,

With over 300,000 downloads of the Lightroom 4 public beta we’ve heard some resounding feedback that photographers would like to start using Lightroom 4 on a daily basis and migrate their previous Lightroom work to this latest version.

We’re also excited to announce new pricing for Lightroom 4: $149 for those new to Lightroom and $79 for the Upgrade and Student/Teacher editions.  (You can upgrade from any version of Lightroom to Lightroom 4)

Changes since the public beta:

  • 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! (Thank you Lightroom 4 beta customers!)

Check out the rest of Tom’s post for additional details about camera & profiles now supported, etc. And happy shooting!

[PS–Customer feedback I just happened to see on Prodig list: “The new way of organizing the Raw adjustment sliders is to die for… You can fix your histogram with precision like a lepidopterist pinning a butterfly to a board.” — Robert Workman. Nice!]

Posted by John Nack at 7:16 AM on March 06, 2012


  • Aaron — 7:59 AM on March 06, 2012

    I literally just got my copy of Lightroom 3 last friday!!! It’s still in the package, I haven’t even had the chance to install it.

    [I recommend contacting Customer Support. –J.]

  • Marc — 11:55 AM on March 06, 2012

    That’s great news!
    I’m wondering though why it isn’t in the Mac App Store when other Adobe software like Photoshop Express and Premiere Express are available from there?
    As a customer I really like the flexibility and ease of installation with the Mac App Store.

    [Me too. For what it’s worth, because of the sometimes unpredictable approval process, Apple frowns on developers pre-announcing things coming to the app stores. –J.]

  • James — 3:53 PM on March 06, 2012

    After trying the beta, went to buy the full version but your regional stores are all screwed up.

    I’m in New Zealand and at the NZ Adobe store and it’s wanting to charge me $187 Australian Dollars for it (that’s USD $200!)

    Why charge 33% more for the same download? And why not charge in NZD from the New Zealand store? I’d be stung currency conversion charges on top of that too.

    Sorry John, it was enough to turn me from “OMG must get it now” to “Oh well, will wait and see if I still want it when it comes out in stores here”

    • mike — 10:50 PM on March 07, 2012

      I’m in NZ too. Can you not change our location by proxy and download it that way?

  • Art Swalwell — 4:58 PM on March 06, 2012

    I recently asked how to get images from Revel to Adobe Photoshop Touch… go to Revel, download to camera roll, go to Touch upload image, correct and repeat.

    I also note that the Adobe updater updates everything except Lightroom…

    I agree with everything you’ve said but you might look to your own house. Love Adobe products but they’re sure not perfect.

  • Claas Viser — 10:00 AM on March 07, 2012

    the new develop modul is great.

    the geotagging features are a joke.
    a friend has coded a freeware geoencoding plugin that is so much better and has so many more features ist really a shame for adobe to come up with such a simple thing.

  • Dan Rubin — 6:33 PM on March 07, 2012

    Nice! I’m in the same boat as Aaron, LR3 only just arrived and is still in its shrink-wrap, as it were (about to make the big conversion from Aperture). Guess I’ll be contacting CS, too :)

  • Terry Maraccini — 7:26 PM on March 07, 2012

    This is a great leap forward

  • Keith Rowell — 9:30 PM on March 07, 2012

    $79 for an upgrade? I understand you guys want to make some money from your software, but I’m seriously thinking about switching to iPhoto. It’s a cheaper option – sure it does less but I don’t need much these days (shooting film) – and it’s available on iOS as well.

    If you guys had an iOS version of Lightroom, it would be much more interesting to stay with Adobe.

    • Chad — 6:56 AM on March 12, 2012

      I’m with you Keith, I believe that $79 is just too steep for an upgrade. Kind of a trade off either way.

  • JanJan — 3:54 AM on March 08, 2012

    i think iphoto is good enough for your mobile phone shots.. so for you it´s the right decision.

    but many of us are interested in image quality.. and for them i photo is no option.

  • John M — 1:28 PM on March 08, 2012

    Does this come with the complicated and oh so fragile install process like the pro apps? Ie. will I be sad that I bought Lightroom when I upgrade my computer? Or has that been improved?

  • George Wedding — 2:16 PM on March 10, 2012

    For once, Adobe should be congratulated, for lowering the price of a key product in these tight economic times. I look forward to seeing less Flash and more iOS and HTML5 integration into this and future versions of Lightroom. Until then, kudos to the Adobe staff for Lightroom 4.

  • Tim — 9:52 AM on March 11, 2012

    Good job on Lightroom 4. I just finished installing it and it works great. I think you should drop the Mac platform as they still own less the 10% of the computer market and they are all a bunch babies saying the Iprograms are so good, but really have no functionality and can not afford to buy proper programs after overpaying for their Macs! Just a thought?!!

  • Ken Rockwell — 10:33 AM on March 12, 2012

    Apple users are superior.

    Im an Apple and Nikon user and my images look great.

    You can support me and my Family by buying over my website!

  • Stein — 6:24 AM on March 14, 2012

    Awesome news! Just installed it and it runs great. Go nuts guys

  • Rich F — 12:57 AM on April 07, 2012

    $79 mysteriously translates to £59.09 from the UK Adobe Store. Perhaps I’ll try buying this from the US store. Even with conversion charges the download version should cost less!

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