Adobe has just announced today, their new Photoshop updated version Lightroom 4 has been released. Its beta version was first released for public in January 2012 and the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US $149. Adobe also offers US $79 for the upgrade, it is almost half from the main price. Lightroom 4 supports both Mac OS and Windows platforms.
It goes without saying, Lightroom 4 is the most essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. This version also introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls and enhanced video support.
Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions of Adobe said “Feedback from our customers is invaluable in developing Lightroom and the real trick to a great release is to combine these insights with Adobe’s unrivalled image processing innovation”
He also added “Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for students and teachers edition is now available at Amazon for $79.00
New Features in Lightroom 4
Lightroom 4 is a major release, adding significant new capabilities and innovations. New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights. The software features new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.
Lightroom 4 provides photographers the tools to create beautiful photo books with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. A new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging and reverse geo-tagging controls and saved locations for easy assignment of a photographer’s common locations.
Now, native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.
In the Develop module, presets fully utilize new processing technology and the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure content looks its best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice.
You can directly download Lightroom 4 from Adobe and the download size is 384MB for Mac OS X and 719MB for Windows.
A little bad news has for Windows XP users, the Lightroom 4 will not work on Windows XP. Minimum Mac requirements are OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7 with a multicore Intel processor and minimum Windows requirements are Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 on an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor. You will also need 2 GB of memory and a 1024×768 or better display.