It’s just under 2 months since Adobe released a public beta of Lightroom 4.0. In general the feedback has been very positive and many users are keen to get their hands on the final release version. Well, now’s their chance because Adobe has just released the GM version.
With previous versions Adobe tended to hold a few headline features back for the final version, but with Lightroom 4.0 this isn’t the case. Sure, we’ve got a new logo and a few mini features have been added, and in response to user feedback a few of the features first shown in the public beta have been tweaked a little. So, what has changed?
New since the public beta is Reverse Geocoding. When the feature is activated (Catalog Settings>Metadata) Lightroom will automatically fill the ITPC fields for Country, State/Province, City and Sub location using information gathered from Google Maps.
Also, new to the Library and Develop modules is an improved Auto Tone adjustment button. Yes, I know, we had one in all previous versions, but it was disabled in Lightroom 4 public beta. The new auto tone includes all of the PV2012 basic panel tone adjustments (exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks).
The big surprise isn’t features, it’s price. For the first time in Lightroom’s history Adobe will be changing the price. The full version Lightroom price will be lowered from $299 to $149 with upgrades and student/teacher editions listed at $79.
Lightroom 4.0 also has some additional camera support:
- Canon EOS 1D X
- Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Canon PowerShot S100V
- Fuji FinePix F505EXR
- Fuji FinePix F605EXR
- Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
- Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
- Fuji FinePix X-S1
- Nikon D4
- Nikon D800
- Nikon D800E
A comprehensive overview of the new features to be found in Lightroom 4.0 can be read in my feature review.