Lightroom 4 Released Today

March 6th, 2012

The final release of Adobe Lightroom 4 is now available for purchase or 30 day trial. All the important details are on Tom Hogarty’s blog. Several items of note:

  1. The purchase price is down to $149 from $299.
  2. The upgrade price is down to $79.
  3. There have been some changes since the public beta version:
    • 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!
  4. There’s a bunch of new lenses of interest to real estate photographers that have profiles now including:
    • Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8
    • Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
    • Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
    • Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8 (IF)
    • Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM

Congratulations to the Lightroom development crew, this is a great piece of work! I believe this is a must have update for interior and real estate photographers just because of the improvements in the new Highlight and Shadow controls in the Development module.

Update: 3/6: Be sure you check the system requirements against the hardware and OS that you have. LR 4 doesn’t run on Win XP or Mac OS X versions before 10.6.8.

Update: 3/8/2012: There are a bunch of questions below about Plug-ins etc. The fastest place to get answers on these issues and see what problems others are having is to take a look at the Adobe LR 5 forum.

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14 Responses to “Lightroom 4 Released Today”

  • LR4 will not operate on any of your older Windows XP boxes. It requires either Vista or later. Never saw this anywhere before buying the upgrade for an older XP box.

    Members of NAPP: don’t forget that you have 15% off either the upgrade or the full version price. That makes it just $67.15 for the upgrade!!!

  • The white balance brush is awesome to remove color casts from ceilings that are supposed to be white!

  • Will it work work with Enfuse as a plug-in?


  • LR/Enfuse should work according to the plug-in author:

  • I have 2 plug-ins: uploading to Slideshowpro and to Zenfolio. any known issues for LR4?

  • @John- Best to check with the sites where you got the plugins.

  • I installed LR4 yesterday on my upper-end Windows machine and it is really slow and the sliders are annoyingly jerky. In its present form, it is unusable for me. A shame because I really like LR and was looking forward to the upgraded functionality. It’s back to LR3 for me until they address this issue. Still, upgrading to LR4 for $67 was a no brainer. It’ll get better…I hope.

  • @Rich- Even though on the Adobe site they say you need 2Gig of RAM for LR 4. My experience is that 4Gig is better and 8Gig is the best. You can never have too much RAM and it’s most likely thing that is slowing you down.

  • Upgraded yesterday and already put two shoots through it….works great and love the added control. Everything transferred over to LR4 from LR3 with no problem
    I am keeping the LR3 around though, just in case any of the plugins stop working. So far everything works fine

  • @Larry – yea, I’m aware of the system requirements and “should haves”. I’m using a dual-core Athlon 64-bit system clocked at 3.4GHz and I have 8G of memory. LR3 works flawlessly. Reading some of the various discussion groups about LR4 it seems this is a hit-or-miss situation; many people aren’t having any issues at all, some are. I guess I’m in the “miss” crowd on this release. 🙁 Hopefully Adobe will get a fix out pretty quick for this!

  • I just started using my LR3 because the performance issues were so bad I had to wait several updates before it became functional. Glad I’m taking some time off work for a baby so I am not tempted to upgrade again 🙂 Each time I use LR I love it a little more. Not willing to go back to the slow rendering problems LR4 users report, just as when LR3 first came out, now that I finally got it working.

  • Here’s a weird one – just loaded LR4 on my laptop which is running an Intel Core Duo 64-bit system clocked at 2GHz with 4G of memory. Everything seems to be running fine on it with no slowness or jerky sliders. Hmmm…

  • Easy to download and set up etc. No issues with any of my plug ins etc. I just monkeyed around with an interior image with blown out windows etc and was able to make the image look half decent without LR enfuse or EF manual etc. The new brush with more controls is very effective. So much potential. My iMac does have 16GBs of RAM though.

    Also, if you are a member of PPA, you also get the 15% discount.



  • Apparently Adobe are getting lots of complaints from Windows and Mac LR4 users because editing in external editors now doesn’t work. It worked in previous versions of LR and in the beta version of LR4 but someone in Adobe seems to have turned it off by mistake. It’s the biggest problem listed on at the moment. One workaround involves exporting the image with LR adjustments as a TIFF or PSD file then importing that file separately into the external program.

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