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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Upgrade

by Adobe
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X

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  • Highlight and shadow recovery-Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to make great images under challenging lighting conditions.
  • Location-based photo organization-Find and group images by location, easily assign locations to images, or plot a photo journey. Automatically display location data from GPS-enabled cameras and camera phones.
  • Photo book creation-Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom, and then upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
  • Extended video support-Organize, view, and make adjustments and edits to video clips. Play and trim clips, extract still images from them, or adjust clips with the Quick Develop tool.
  • White balance brush-Get more consistent color across your image in scenes with mixed lighting sources. A flexible brush lets you refine and adjust white balance in targeted areas of your shot.

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 22.9 x 25.4 cm ; 45 g
  • ASIN: B007BG9X3Q
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By iqi616 on March 16 2012
Format: DVD-ROM
I've only had this a week or so therefore this is just a quick review because I haven't explored all the features.

The shadow and highlight features are what attracted me to upgrade and I wasn't disappointed - it works better for me. The Highlight feature can still produce halos around darker areas if pushed too hard but it goes further than the 3.x Recovery feature before doing so. The Shadow feature seems to work better than the Fill Light feature of 3.x. These features are particularly useful in processing scans from "thin" slides to rescue some texture from skies and shadows. In general I find now that I can do a lot more before I have to touch the Tone Curve controls.

[Edit: The sharpening is also noticeably improved compared to 3.x - not that it was bad then but now it pulls out even more detail without increasing noise. I was working on a scan of a backlit skyline and small items that had been blown out before are now coming through.]

One useful feature is in the Print module... Print Adjustment. This gives simple Brightness and Contrast controls. I find this very handy for tweaking a print without having to go back to the Develop module and start changing things (which of course then all interact so that a quick adjustment turns out to be half an hour's work). I can just adjust and reprint. Yes I know it's no substitute for calibrating one's screen and printer but it works for me for the moment when I get those shots that work well on screen but are dark on paper.

The downside is to Lightroom 4 is that it is slower at rendering on the screen. My laptop has a Core 2 Duo processor and where Lightroom 3 was acceptable I now have to wait a moment longer before I see my adjustment on screen and it's just long enough to bug me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry H. Schoenfeld on Jan. 27 2013
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Had Lightroom 3 and was very impressed with the ease of use without much of an education from the manual although a basic course and a Kelby instruction book made the program come alive. Lightroom 4 has so far made the need for other programs virtually unnecessary. I very seldom go to adobe elements or CS4 any more. I highly recommend Lightroom for its organization abilities and photo adjustment functionality,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on Aug. 22 2012
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Lightroom is getting more mature and quicker to use than Photoshop. There is still much that only Photoshop has the capability of doing but for speed and accuracy in basic digital photo processing Lightroom is now the winner.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Some worthwile improvements over V3, but there are some things to be aware of... Nov. 5 2012
By A. Lundwall - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM Verified Purchase
I used LR 3 for a while. I also have Photoshop CS5, and I like the way the two integrate. This integration is maintained in LR 4, until you upgrade to version 4.1. At that point, Adobe Camera Raw is updated to a version that Photoshop CS5 no longer supports. So, if you are working on a photo in LR4.1 or LR4.2, and you choose to edit it in Photoshop CS5, you'll get a message about ACR, and how you need to update ACR in Photoshop to be fully compatible...Problem is, you CAN'T update Photoshop CS5 to the latest ACR. So, if you purchase LR4, and you install the version that comes on DVD, this isn't an issue. But if you download the latest version of LR4 (which as of the time I'm writing this is Version 4.2/Camera Raw 7.2), you'll run into this problem.

In MY case, I've switched over to using .DNG files, because they don't require the sidecar files to hold the changes. And because of this, the ACR incompatibility between LR4 and PS CS5 doesn't affect my workflow (but I still get the popup warning message). I only mention this so that casual users like me are aware of this before they upgrade LR. You can also download from Adobe the free conversion tool. I think this tool converts raw files to .dng files, so it doesn't really fix the problem, it just changes your raw files to .dng files. I already work in .dng files, so I didn't use this tool.

Having said all that, I really like the new LR. I like the way the new Highlights and Shadows tools work compared to the old Recovery and Fill Light tools. I especially like how the adjustment brush tool has so many more features than it did before. And it seems to me that the noise reduction is better on the new version of LR. The downside is that LR4 takes longer to process changes... For example, in LR3, I could see sharpening and NR taking place as I moved the sliders. With LR4, it's MUCH slower. Now, I move the slider, and wait for 2-3 count before the changes are rendered. Not a huge deal, and worth it, IMO, for the improvements gained in the way the tools work.

Upgrading users won't see these new tools when editing images from their LR3 catalog unless they reset the image! For example, the new tools I mentioned above won't appear when you're looking at an image from your LR3 catalog...everything will look the same as it did in V3. But once you select 'reset', the tools new to version 4 appear! Of course, you've now reset your image to what it was when you imported it! Your choice...stay with V3 tool palettes and save your existing changes, or reset the image and start over with the LR4 tool palettes! It's up to you which option you choose if you want to change it or not. I didn't know this when I upgraded, and it took me a minute or two to figure it out. I mention this so others would know in advance why their tool palette looks the same as it did before!

I think that upgrading to LR4 offers LR3 users a couple nice new tools, and improvements in noise reduction that come in handy. It's probably worth the price to upgrade, especially if you are not also a Photoshop CS5 user. If you ARE a Photoshop 5 user, it's probably still a worthwhile upgrade, though you may want to consider staying with V4.0 (as opposed to downloading the latest v4 updates) if you are working with RAW files.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Proceed, but with some caution March 27 2012
By Ryan Montgomery - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
Update (4/23/12):
Subject: Proceed, but with some caution
Rating: 4 stars
Adobe - thank you for the comment and update release. I have since upgraded to 4.1RC. Initially, I did not experience a noticeable performance gain. However, I did find this article posted on your website helpful (Search: 'Lightroom Help / Optimize performance | Lightroom'). After following the recommendations, there was a noticeable increase in performance (after a couple hours of use). The changes I made were: Taking a Backup, Optimizing the Catalog, and Increasing the size of the Camera Raw Cache (from 1GB to 25GB). For testing notes - my catalog has approximately 6,000 images, mostly taken with a Canon 5D MKII. The total catalog size is approximately 600-700MB.

The current performance is still just a tad slower than my version 2 environment, but the current version has gone from being completely intolerable to very workable. In 4-6 hours of usage since the update, I have experienced 1 crash while using Noise Reduction in the Develop module.

Given the downtime I have experienced, in the future I will be waiting for an update release before considering the purchase of a new version. However, I have found two of the new feature considerably useful. The soft proofing, while not replacing the need for a hard proof, has helped me get closer, quicker in a few instances. Also, the ability to selectively edit white balance is an awesome thing. Blending light sources has always been a bit of a challenge for me, but it is a bit easier with this feature. Thank you!


Orig Post (3/27/12):
Subject: Don't buy yet...wait until they fix it
Rating: 2 stars
Other reviewers have covered the main problem fairly well. The performance of the new version dragggggggs. It feels like you're trying to walk up a mountain in 3 feet of new snow (without snowshoes).

In my case, I have a dedicated PC for photoediting (Win764bit, i3 dualcore, 8gb ram). This should be plenty of machine. Almost no other software is installed, except for Lightroom and Photomatix Pro.

I upgraded from Lightroom 2 to 4, and I wish I hadn't *Yet*. The new version has great potential, but I advise not purchasing or installing until adobe releases a fix for the MAJOR problem that all of us early adopters (read testers / focus group) are experiencing. Keep an eye out for updates.

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Wait Until Adobe Fixes It March 21 2012
By Thomas G Wirth - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
Lightroom 4 is much slower than 3.6, so much so that many people are going back to 3.6. Do a search for "Lightroom 4 slow" and you will find many people complaining about this. I would wait until it is fixed before buying it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Do NOT upgrade yet! April 23 2012
By Andy757 - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM Verified Purchase
Do not make the same mistake I made. Wait until Adobe releases 4.1. This is soooo painfuly slow and frustrating! Not sure how Adobe screwed up so badly this time. I guess it happens... Well I will be patient for now. However, I do like and appreciate all the improvements introduced with Lightroom 4.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I do not know why people hate LR4 Nov. 29 2012
By AsH - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM Verified Purchase
First of all I was not thrilled about LR4 becuase I was very happy with LR3 and the negative reviews of LR4 stopped me from upgrading, even I did not bother downloading the free 30days trial.

But when I bought my new D600, I had to do the upgrade to get support for raw images.

What I can say is wow and I have no idea why people are complaining about LR4:
- I am using the same 2-year old PC, still a fast PC with 12GB tri channel, i7, ATI 5970 and LR4 runs the same as LR3, so I am not sure why people are complaining about speed. I did not update my PC and it was very capable of running LR4.
- The new alogorithms that adobe implemented in LR4 are AMAAAAAZING!!! the are so good that I will spend the next month going over my 20000 pictures catloge and redo couple of my favourite images with LR4.
- with the new LR4 alogrothim for brushes and gradient ...etc, you do not need to use PS any more. The old days od LR3 then PS for extra work are gone.
- Noise reduction is improved with more clipping features.
- Getting details from underexposed area are improved and LR4 is a champ in this, so if you underexpose your photos on purpuse when you shoot outside to get sky details, you will love LR4 becasue you can get all the details back alot better from the shadows and the underexposed areas.

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