Adobe Lightroom 4 is officially out of the gate after a brief leak last week. The price for the full version at launch is $149 (half off the $299 list). Upgrades drop $20 less, down to $79.
If you’ve been following along with the beta release, then you have a pretty good idea what Lightroom 4 is like; however, we’ll hit the highlights below for those wondering what all the fuss is about.
Adobe has improved on the shadow and highlight processing in Lightroom 4 – and beta users have noted that this new tech in LR4 is simply amazing. You can also create photo books from inside the new “Book” module. Another new module is the “Map” module, which allows you to more efficiently manage the geotagging metadata, as well as additional sorting options when viewing your images.
Video support received a big boost in Lightroom 4. You can now apply image adjustments to your videos, trim the files and then upload them to Facebook or Flickr directly from Lightroom 4. Unfortunately, Adobe hasn’t tied in support for applying your image adjustments via an xmp file that’s readable by Premiere Pro or other NLEs. (That would have been epic, btw.) As it stands, once you export your video, the file is fully rendered based on your adjustments in Lightroom. Of course, the original remains intact – but interoperation with other Adobe tools for Lightroom’s video features are limited at best. Also note that the image adjustments are limited to essentially those available in the Quick Develop panel.