Well, let the gadget hounds attack – Adobe has released a Beta version of Lightroom 4! There’s a couple new features to it, but to be honest, it’s nothing I found really earth-shattering or ground-breaking in technological terms. These are updates I would have expected in a dot update release (say a Lightroom 3.5?) rather than a full feature update that we have to pay for. What are the nuts and bolts? Good question! Here’s the basics of what you can get now:
- Maps Module *yawn* Other software does this already
- Books Module *yawn* Should have been there in a 3.x update imho
- Shadow/Highlights tools to add fake dynamic range for the HDR crowd (surprise surprise) – nice enough, but not enough to entice to buy
- Video file support *shrug* How much would one use LR for video anyway?
- Soft proofing *meh* I don’t print out of LR much anymore as my vendor takes care of prints for me….
- Adjustment brush additions *meh* While the additions are welcome, again, hardly incentive to pony up for this…
- Email photos direct from Lightroom *Huh?* I know, this is surprising that it took this long to incorporate something this simple into the 4th generation of a product line
Will I buy the update? Probably yes, because I am already “current”, and the price of not updating is more expensive long term ($99 versus $300)… Also, in the interest of keeping current tutorials and such here on the blog for the readership is also present, so, that kind of colors my decision-making process. For what they are releasing though – and the plethora of already existing outlets to do these additional tasks, I am not sure the regular photographer types will be justified in the upgrade pricing of $99-$120 (especially considering the economy right now…)
What about everyone else? Worth the upgrade or not?
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