Adobe Lightroom 4 is finally here!

Roger and I don’t pitch products unless we use them.  If you’ve read any of our blogs at all you know we are both huge fans of the Adobe products and Lightroom is by far our most used tool. Every 18 mos to 2 years companies release new versions of their software and each time users have to ask “Is it worth it to upgrade?”  I can tell you that for some versions of Photoshop, I skipped a cycle, because the new features didn’t matter that much to me.  Without hesitation I can recommend that you install LR4 as soon as you can.  Why you ask?  First if you don’t already own it, they have dropped the price to $149 for new and only $79 to upgrade

Adobe has added and improved some really important features.   

The biggest improvements are in the develop module.  They have redone the engine and really simplified all the controls while giving you finer adjustments.  You can now apply things like white balance and noise reduction via the brush.  This lets you be very precise in where your effects go.

 They added two entirely new modules—Map and Photobook.

 Publish your own photobooks right from LR.  It now has a link to www.Blurb.com and looks fairly easy.  I will be testing it against the www.mypublisher.com app that I normally use and will see how it fares.  But that is for another blog.

The ability to tag images to Google Maps is pretty cool.  Roger is a huge fan of that one.  The feature actually lets you drag your pictures to the map and it will add the geocoordinates to your metadata.  Now if those words don’t gladden a geeks heart, than nothing will

One feature they added to the library and develop modules but which isn’t very import to me (yet),  is the ability to manage videos.  You can also do some rudimentary editing there, but I can’t tell you how well it worked.  At least it now gives you the capability to track, tag and sort them so you can find them again. 

The good folks at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals have put out a great LR4 learning center with videos and highlights.  http://www.photoshopuser.com/lightroom4

Well I just got back from a 3 day trip, and I want to finish downloading and playing with it myself, so goodnight.