Right on schedule — about 18 months after the release of the previous version — Lightroom 4 has been unveiled. The updated photo management software brings some considerable upgrades other the previous version but is basically a refinement of Adobe’s excellent, though complicated, formula. The public beta of LR4 is available now.Adobe’s tells us that the focus of Lightroom 4 was to improved the software on three fronts: managing, editing, and sharing. These are, basically, the three things you do with Lightroom, so the larger point is that this appears to be a well-rounded update of the software, not a version bump intended on fixing a few problems. Lightroom 3 was (and remains) quite good, but it clearly needed some work in a few areas. The major new features include:Geotagging support – LR4 will tie into Google Maps, work with all Google Map controls and map styles, autotag images that have geo metadata, support .gpx tracklogs, and be able to tie images to tracklogs.Geo-specific privacy – A private zones can be set (say, around your home or office) where geo data will not be published if those photos are made public.Improved video support – There will be better video playback and processing. The LR team worked with Premier team on this. Trim controls were added to LR4 as were video adjustments (white balance, contrast, etc.), but not full video editing tools. Video editing is non-destructive, just like all Lightroom editing. Improved sharing – LR4 adds drag-and-drop video sharing with Facebook and Flickr. It can export to disk with more options then before and now there are simplified settings so users can avoid dealing with technical aspects like codecs and frame rates. Better email support – LR4 makes it super easy to email images. It can automatically work though work through Aol, Gmail, Hahoo, and custom email setups. Book module – This is a big set of features, but basically Lightoom now has support for photo book printing. It’s not InDesign, but there are a lot of customizations and it makes it easy to export your photo book to a printable format, or even straight to a printer.Over 350 lens profiles – All the big names in glass have automatic lens-based correction. LR now fixes CA on per image basis, not based on a larger ruleset that is based on camera hardware.Improved soft proofing – Points out areas of images that are out of the profile of the display or printer. You can nudges hues so you can fix them, not the software’s compromise based on your printer.Updated for DNG 1.4 specification – DNGs will be able to load faster, also can do lossy compression on DNG (this is great for time lapses) Basically you can get compressed RAW data but also less file size.Controls are simpler but more powerful – Example: shadow and highlight tools are smarter and they play well together so you can get full advantage of your camera’s dynamic range.Local noise reduction – You an apply it just to parts of the image (like the shadows). Same with local WB and highlights.Yes, that’s a lot of change to take in, but a lot of requests were hit upon (like geo support) and a lot of innovation was brought im (like that local noise reduction). Combine that with some signs of Adobe’s clear dominance in the space (continuous updates for new camera bodies and 350 lens profiles) and you have a what looks to be a must-have update for serious photographers. One interesting aspect of LR4 is something that was actually taken away from the software: support for Windows XP. The newest version of Lightroom will require Windows Vista (SP2)/OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or newer, 2GB of RAM, and 1GB of storage space. Overall the required specifications are reasonable but, as with any high-end software product, there are considerable rewards when using a better system. This change shouldn’t be a problem for too many people — some old school Mac users might take issue, but the lack of Windows XP support will only be an issue for a small part of LR4’s potential user base. You can get the Lightroom 4 beta from Adobe.
Lightroom 4 public beta opens new version brings geo support and other
Last Updated on: September 21st, 2019 at 3:37 pm, by