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Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 4 at more affordable price

By dpreview staff on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:01 GMT

Adobe has released and reduced the price of its workflow and image editing software, Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 4 will cost $149/109, around half the previous price. It features a books creation module, increased support for video files, soft-proofing capability and a Google-Maps-powered geo-tagging module. The final release version comes on the heels of a relatively brief public beta process in which new and current users had the opportunity to provide feedback to Adobe. Upgrades and academic editions have also been reduced to $79/62.

Raw file support has also been updated to include the following cameras:

  • Canon
    EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot S100
  • Fujifilm
    FinePix F505 EXR, FinePix F605 EXR, FinePix HS30 EXR, FinePix HS33 EXR
  • Nikon
    D4, D800, D800E

Click here to read our Lightroom 4 review


Press Release:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Now Available

SAN JOSE, Calif., — March 6, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade, providing an incredible value for photographers. Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls, and enhanced video support.

“Feedback from our customers is invaluable in developing Lightroom and the real trick to a great release is to combine these insights with Adobe’s unrivalled image processing innovation,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”

New Features in Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 is a major release, adding significant new capabilities and innovations. New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights. The software features new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.

Lightroom 4 provides photographers the tools to create beautiful photo books with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. A new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging and reverse geo-tagging controls and saved locations for easy assignment of a photographer’s common locations.

Now, native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips, and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.

In the Develop module, presets fully utilize new processing technology and the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure content looks its best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice.

Adobe Photoshop Family

Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images either at home, in the office or on the go. Photoshop Lightroom addresses the workflow needs of amateur and professional photographers, helping them create, manage and showcase images in impactful ways. Photoshop Elements provides consumers with powerful yet easy-to-use tools that organize, edit, create and share photos memories. For mobile devices, the Adobe Photoshop Touch app helps users transform images with core Photoshop features custom-built for tablets; and Adobe Photoshop Express is a free app for simple photo fixes and enhancements, and sharing to social networks.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is now available for Mac and Windows at www.adobe.com/store. The estimated street price is US$149 for new users or US$79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit www.adobe.com/go/lightroom.
Users can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lightroom), via Twitter (www.twitter.com/lightroom) or on the Adobe Lightroom blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal). For Lightroom how-to videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/lightroom.

Comments

Total comments: 117
Jihn
By Jihn (Mar 24, 2012)

I was really interested in LR4 because of some of the new features in the develop mode. Would have helped my workflow a lot.

In short - I would hold off on buying LR4.
Especially if you use Photoshop CS5 to do further editing.

When I try to edit in CS5 it tells me i need new Raw Plug-in 7.0
Which is not available for CS5.

If I ignore the warning and edit in PS any way- CS5 hangs.
I've tried all the "work arounds" short of using the beta of CS6. Most do not work or are unacceptability cumbersome.
Who wants to use a Beta of anything for production work?
Not me. Especially after the latest upgrade to LR4.
LR is suppose to stream line work flow not complicate it. This version is a DOG.

Check out the Photoshop family forums at photoshop.com to get an Idea of all the issues.
Some of which did not exist in the beta version.
On top of all that it's slower than LR3.
Had to go back to LR3 for production work. LR4 is just too unreliable.
My recommendation for now is DO NOT BUY.

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elixer
By elixer (Mar 12, 2012)

Is there now the ability to place WATERMARKS at different locations on each photo in a batch/catalog before export?????????? Need that capability badly......

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jerrith
By jerrith (Mar 14, 2012)

How would you see that work? Mark for every photo in your export the individual position? Sounds to me like somehting very inpractical...

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (Mar 10, 2012)

I just want to comment that the improved shadows and highlights are just fantastic. I went back and redid some of the pictures I edited with 3.5 and I was blown away. You will want to re-edit everything you've ever edited that needed more even lighting. If you only had the time. :)

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JWest
By JWest (Mar 9, 2012)

Anyone know if they've finally fixed the bug where you can't pick which of your monitors the second window appears on?

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Gyiman
By Gyiman (Mar 9, 2012)

Apart from the video feature, is it worth the switch from v3 to v4?

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Brando10
By Brando10 (Mar 9, 2012)

Hi Again. There are two different issues here: value and fairness. Some people seem to think that irrespective of regional differences, the current price and fact it is cheaper than earlier releases is good and represents good value. Fair enough but that is for each individual to decide for him/herself based on cost and benefits. The other issue is about fairness. Why should a downloaded product launched world wide be priced very differently? It is not universal practice (think itunes store, competitor products, online auction houses etc) not explained by currency fluctuation, local taxes as many have rebutted below. In my own case while the quantum difference isnt huge our adobe NZ store doesnt exist physically (Ive checked) and we are directed to the Australian store in disguise and expected to pay Australian dollars which works out about 30% premium than the US price for the same downloaded product. Thats unfair regardless on whether I or someone else thinks its good value.

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MPasseri
By MPasseri (Mar 7, 2012)

F*** you Adobe !
Here in Brazil Adobe is charging US$ 279,00 for lightroom 4 !!
And here in Brazil downloadable software pays NO TAXES at all !!!

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Marek Rucinski
By Marek Rucinski (Mar 7, 2012)

Is anything known about further updates to Lightroom 3? Does Adobe plan to update LR3 to support recent cameras (at least for a while), or does LR4 release mean LR3 becomes obsolete instantly? I failed to find any related information on Adobe's website.

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Octane
By Octane (Mar 8, 2012)

Yes they have an will continue to update it, It's now called Version 4. How difficult is it to understand that additional work requires additional payments. This is the basics of running any business.
LR 3 does not become obsolete, in fact is does not change in anyway. It will continue to work in the exact same way it has been. If you want additional features or support of new cameras you will have to pay for these new developments.

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Marek Rucinski
By Marek Rucinski (Mar 8, 2012)

Right. Has anyone stumbled upon any official statements from Adobe?

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rdzona
By rdzona (Mar 9, 2012)

Octane, Marek was asking if they will continue to support LR3. Obviously to get the extra features you have to purchase a new product but will they still support older versions. For example how windows XP is still being supported even though newer systems are out. This is the basics of reading comprehension.

Marek, Yes I would imagine they would support and continue to update LR3 with new lens profiles and things of that nature for a little while at least. And usually when a company is going to stop that support they will usually specify that.

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cricketfan
By cricketfan (Mar 7, 2012)

Once again, Adobe is screwing international customers.

A US$79 Upgrade by download from LR3 to LR4 in the States turns out to cost the equivalent of US$104 in Australia. For the same download!

When questioned about the reasons for the difference, an Adobe employee told me via on-line chat that it was because of "Australia's import duties and IT regulations".

Rubbish! It is what Adobe wants to charge its customers.

It is differential geographic pricing, and it is gouging at its worst. When product like software can easily be sold at any point in the world via the internet, the customer, wherever he/she might be, deserves a fair shake.

I do not support software piracy, but it is actions like this that force some people to engage in that activity.

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (Mar 7, 2012)

There might be some truth in the IT regulations although that's a hefty premium.

But as far as I know there iare no AUS import duties for items below AUS $2000.

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cricketfan
By cricketfan (Mar 7, 2012)

Import duties were replaced by a 10% GST some years ago.

The GST does not apply to items that cost less than AU$1000.

This gouging by Adobe is an attempt to protect retailers' markups and should be deplored by any Australian purchaser.

I hope Aussie photographers vote with their feet and buy the product via an on-line mailing service. It will still be cheaper to receive a disk this way than buying a download from Adobe at their inflated Australian pricing structure.

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Octane
By Octane (Mar 7, 2012)

I don't really care what the price is, it's so worth it. I payed 200 for the original version and then 100 each time to upgrade to V2 and V3. Now $80 to upgrade to V4. It's been one of the best spent money on any photography related item I ever made.

Thanks Adobe for making an awesome software that makes my life dealing with photos a blast!

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john27rg
By john27rg (Mar 7, 2012)

I was interested in this until I saw the Australian price. A$241! That's US$258.To be fair, the download price is A$187 = US$200. Versus US$149 if the computer thinks I am in America. Oh that's right, electrons cost more in Australia ;-)

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quicko58
By quicko58 (Mar 7, 2012)

I've paid for each upgrade since V1. v4 looks good but I won't be upgrading v3.6 to v4 any time soon due to Adobe' s unfair policy here in Australia.
Why should we have to pay more. It costs no more to develop it for us as its the same software. In fact with our current exchange rate if anything you would expect it to cost less.
Mind you, if we get it via the download option maybe it costs more to download a greater distance!!!

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 8, 2012)

Hi mate why dont you buy from US website?

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (Mar 6, 2012)

Wow that was a quick beta. I wonder if the fixed several of the faults I've seen? Anyone care to comment?

1) General import speed. Sometimes LR4Beta would just "hang" on importing photos, showing the Top-left progress bar but not moving...yet clicking "X" on the bar would "cancel" the import and your images would suddenly slow up as imported.

2) Shooting RAW + JPEG on Sony A77, it doesn't separate them into 2 files to import, even though I had the option checked to do so.

3) General speed tweaks? LR4 seemed to lag behind LR3 when it came to file manipulations and browsing lots of images.

I guess I have to really think about this - I bought LR3 educational for $99, but I'm not sure LR4 is worth it...I guess for the updated way the sliders work (and the new clarity process is nice), but otherwise it doesn't offer me anything majorly over LR3.

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eppicphoto
By eppicphoto (Mar 7, 2012)

Just downloaded LR4 and it is buggy!
1. When opening an existing LR3 catalog in LR4, photos show up in Library but NOT in Develop module. (have to restart the whole program for them to show and then it's hit and miss)
2. Clone and Heal brush NOT working. Even set at 100%, still leaves a shadow of what I cloned or healed behind.
3. "Edit in..." function not working at all. Won't open the image in Photoshop.
4. DON'T start a critical project in LR4 - use LR3 because you can't go back once you do. Now I am stuck with all these bugs on an important project.
5. I want my $ back or a BUG Fix asap.

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 8, 2012)

why dont you write this to adobe?

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ZoranC
By ZoranC (Mar 6, 2012)

Way Adobe pulled this one off sucks big time in my book.

During (pre)Xmas sales they were dumping LR 3 for $149. Now full version is $149 and upgrade is $79 which means those that gave money to Adobe early are milked by Adobe out of an extra $79 over those that didn't give them money.

Don't tell me Adobe management didn't plan this, that they didn't know what their LR4 pricing strategy will be, when LR3 sales started few months ago, so this leaves a stench of yet another greed driven manipulation by Adobe.

If Adobe had any respect for their existing customers they would offer free upgrade to anyone that bought LR starting in November of 2011.

Otherwise they shouldn't be surprised when customers start looking for ways to not give them any sales in the future, or to delay purchasing of Adobe products for as long as possible.

I know I will be one of them as I firmly believe any greedy company deserves strong lesson in how to be humble and not spit in the face of hand that feeds you.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Mar 6, 2012)

Right, because of course cutting prices for your current and future products in half (with a published expiration date for the current product pricing) while providing a free beta (with a published expiration date) is the obvious way to abuse and cheat your customers.

I'm sorry, but I can't even roll my eyes back far enough for this post.

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Ray_man
By Ray_man (Mar 7, 2012)

I suspect recent purchasers will be able to get some kind of rebate/refund back. When I purchased and upgrade from CS2 to CS3, CS4 came out like a month later. I inquired and they happily sent me CS4.

Besides I don't know of any software user that doesn't realize there is an upgrade timeline for software and if you research properly you would have known it was happening soon due to the age of CS3.

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Karsten Dam
By Karsten Dam (Mar 6, 2012)

Fine. I just purchased Lightroom 3.6 a month ago in an Adobe shop and paid 150 euro. If I upgrade now I'll have paid double for v. 4.0 !!
Phoned Adobe "customer service" a few minutes ago. No free upgrade for me. They were literally laughing at me.

I'll never buy any Adobe products more in my life.

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 6, 2012)

Why would you think you'd get a free upgrade?, or did I miss something in the article?

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tom60634
By tom60634 (Mar 6, 2012)

Please see:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=40825035
Timing, as always, seems to be everything

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ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 6, 2012)

Actually, yes, you should be qualified for a free upgrade if you bought the product in the last 30 days.

No, they didn't laugh at you. Come on. Adobe calls them "Post Announce Upgrades" and they give a page to see if you're qualified:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/153/tn_15304.html

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Karsten Dam
By Karsten Dam (Mar 6, 2012)

You buy a new car say, october 2011, and pay $ 15,000. A month after you discover that they are selling the brand new and much better 2012 model for $10,000. You speak with the dealer – who of course knew about the coming price drop, when he sold you the car charging overprice. He offers you to swap your 2011 model (done less than 500 miles) for a new 2012. You only have to pay additional 5,000 $. So now you have paid 20,000 $ for a 10,000 $ car – huh ?

And Adobe has already told me that I'm not qualified for an upgrade.

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 6, 2012)

If I were buying a car I would do considerable research and in all likely hood be well aware of an upcoming release of a new model. I wouldn't buy an older or current model and then expect compensation upon its release.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 6, 2012)

You probably weren't qualified because you didn't meet their qualifications. I suspect you bought it over 30 days ago or didn't provide a receipt for your purchase or whatever.

There is a process you have to go through. They don't summarily dismiss you and laugh at you. Besides, when did you call them? They are getting HAMMERED in their CS department right now. I suspect you were on hold for a very long time.

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Jen Yates
By Jen Yates (Mar 6, 2012)

If you knew 4.0 was coming out (You should have) then so what? You bought it and now have the option of upgrading.

If you didn't know that 4.0 was coming out and genuinely expected that 3.6 was going to be the final ever version of Lightroom Adobe would ever release... then stop bitching. v3.6 doesn't do anything less today than it did a month ago.

Sheesh it's a digital world, things get upgraded.

Some people.

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chaking
By chaking (Mar 7, 2012)

Ouch Jen. I think the thing that bugs some people is that they knew 4.0 was coming, but had no idea it would cost only half as much as LR3. Obviously if they knew that they would have waited.

Personally I thought LR4 would be what LR3 has been for some time... 299. When it dropped down to 199 I figured I could pick it up and then do the upgrade for ~100 and pretty much just pay the normal price for LR4. I did not, however, know that I was paying 50 dollars more and would have to pay another 80 dollars to upgrade, in essence costing me 330 dollars for a product that now costs 150.

I'm not going to cause a ruckus over it, but it should be quite obvious why this bothers some people.

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 7, 2012)

It's strange this recurring use of the phrase 'have to'. I still use CS2 and I've never felt when new versions are released I 'have to' upgrade/pay just because it's there.
You bought a product at a price you could afford, are you happy with its functionality?
I understand the frustration that the new price scheme is lower than expected but your not out of pocket and you have a product which has the functionality you required.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Mar 7, 2012)

youre kidding right? ^^

because i have a macintosh g3 that was shipped with os9 you know? :)

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Barso
By Barso (Mar 6, 2012)

Any ideas when LR4 beta will cease to function

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 6, 2012)

Any moment now, as you've been told during installation.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Mar 6, 2012)

End of March.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Mar 6, 2012)

I finally can afford an Adobe Product since i have been using zoner 14 and paint.net great entry level software it might be time for a change.

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Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 6, 2012)

do you think photoshop cs6 upgrade will be cheaper too?

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ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 6, 2012)

I wouldn't get my hopes up. It would be nice, but I seriously doubt it.

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SteB
By SteB (Mar 6, 2012)

I found the answer to the upgrade question and I'll post the link below. Apparently LR1, LR2 or LR3 all entitle you for the upgrade.
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom/buying-guide-upgrades.html

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cwmartin
By cwmartin (Mar 6, 2012)

Does Adobe offer any sort of "Upgrade Insurance" for people who just purchased LR3 less than a month ago? Some companies will not charge for the upgrade for new users who purchased the then current version just prior to the release. Does Adobe do this?

I bought LR3 from Adorama just a couple of weeks ago. If I had known that LR4 would be released this soon, I would have waited to purchase.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 6, 2012)

Check to see if you're qualified:
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/153/tn_15304.html

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tosvus
By tosvus (Mar 8, 2012)

Thanks for the tip. I put in all the info and pressed ok or whatever, and the next moment I was looking at the main support page. Is that normal behavior? (typically you see some window that says your request was submitted etc...). Also, no automated email came afterwards? Do they typically send one our or should I just wait a few days and hope for the best? Thanks!

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Mar 6, 2012)

Has academic pricing been released yet?

$59 for LR3, $50 for Photoshop CS5.5

With the declining prices can we assume $30 for LR4 student and teacher?

Ah I just googled and it's $79 for the student eddition.

I think it used to list at $99.

Odd that the Retail version gets a 50% price cut and the student version gets a 20% price cut.

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SteB
By SteB (Mar 6, 2012)

Does anyone know if LR2 qualifies for the LR4 upgrade? I have already spent too long going around in circles trying to find where this information is. I have found quite a few references to the upgrade policy, but I can't find where it is.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Mar 6, 2012)

Yes.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 6, 2012)

The €109 European price is correct, but it's €130 with VAT.
* for the full version !

Anyway, that is a very good price compared to what it used to be. So now there are no more doubts, count me in ! :)

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mujana
By mujana (Mar 6, 2012)

1. Can I do a regular (Lightroom)upgrade on a teachers edition? Although about 10 euro's cheaper, I do not want to go through the hassles of bying the teachers edition again (proof of elegibility/waiting/waiting/etc.)
2. What's your opinion....the download version...or the boxed version?
Thnxs

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mujana
By mujana (Mar 6, 2012)

Nobody?

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QuixoticTonic
By QuixoticTonic (Mar 6, 2012)

I believe you can, though I cannot say 100%.

When I bought an academic version in the US last time it was just a retail copy at a reduced price. I fully expect to be able to buy the upgrade.

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jerrith
By jerrith (Mar 14, 2012)

Yes you can, have done so for the upgrade from LR2 to LR3, and equally for photoshop CS4 to CS5.

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Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Mar 6, 2012)

The product, new or upgrade, is still about $20 too high IMO. Will I get it? I don't know. I have V3, and I'm thinking as much as I like the workflow, I kind of dislike its management capabilities. I don't use it for managing 'finished' photos any way, I wonder how much of a stretch it would be to do away with it completely.

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 6, 2012)

If this version is roughly half the price of the previous version, then how is this too expensive given that you obviously managed to find value in the old price?

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tosvus
By tosvus (Mar 8, 2012)

RPJG he may have bought it heavily discounted - I think 3 was available down to at least $79. I'm still trying to get used to the tool myself, but it certainly has potential.

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BabylonPhotos
By BabylonPhotos (Mar 6, 2012)

Dpreview data is wrong. The price for upgrading is €128.62, not US$ 79. I just received a mail from Adobe, but I don't think I will upgrade at that price, it's too high.

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Marcel Mutter
By Marcel Mutter (Mar 6, 2012)

In the Adobe shop the price of LR4 upgrade in Euro is 73,78 and free shipping.

The non-upgrade version (full) is Euro 129,71.

Prices mentioned inlcude VAT.

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healer81
By healer81 (Mar 6, 2012)

oh well, its a great program and having it a little more in advanced and upgrading it is fine. I think anything really compares. I got mine the previous version 3 months back. Dont think I will upgrade until I get the 5D MIII which will be sometime next year

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DemonDuck
By DemonDuck (Mar 6, 2012)

Arrgghhh.... I bought 3.6 about 2 months ago. If I would have waited, I could have gotten 4.0 for less than the cost for 3.6.

The cost of 3.6 + the upgrade cost is almost twice what I would have paid for 4.0 alone.

arrgghh...

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (Mar 6, 2012)

Does anyone know what has changed between the beta and the final, please?

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faxmachineAnthem
By faxmachineAnthem (Mar 6, 2012)

according to this link, there have been no additional features added to the beta this time. only computing performance enhancements. and the ability to upgrade your LR3 catalogs to LR4, but that was a given.

http://lightroomkillertips.com/2012/lightroom-4-is-here-and-a-quick-qa/

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Mar 6, 2012)

That's not quite true - reverse geocoding is now active.

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (Mar 6, 2012)

Thank you both.

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bmike
By bmike (Mar 6, 2012)

well, my gamble didn't pay off. i picked it up LR3 when Adorama was selling it... hoping to at least save some $$ when I upgraded. Sigh.

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DemonDuck
By DemonDuck (Mar 6, 2012)

I'm experiencing similar pain....

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Sheena UK
By Sheena UK (Mar 6, 2012)

Me too :(

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deckhanddavy
By deckhanddavy (Mar 6, 2012)

Ugh...damn, met too. I would have been been better off waiting for this. Would have saved me money and time :(

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bmike
By bmike (Mar 6, 2012)

Going to call and have my Adorama receipt ready and see of I qualify. Just bought the upgrade this morning. My copy was delivered last week.

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bmike
By bmike (Mar 6, 2012)

Call Adobe, if you bought after February 6th they will comp you the upgrade, or in my case reverse the charge that I made for the upgrade...

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DaveBowman
By DaveBowman (Mar 6, 2012)

@Davidwa - so, half the price of the previous version and you still find something to moan about. Some people really are NEVER happy.

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Davidwa
By Davidwa (Mar 9, 2012)

I originally stated that the price reduction was good news and was only making a general comment about download versions being the same price as a boxed version.

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Davidwa
By Davidwa (Mar 6, 2012)

Adobe UK charge £86.57 for LR4 and £49.24 for LR4 upgrade exclusive of VAT. The same price for boxed version and download version. Surely the download version should be cheaper.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Mar 6, 2012)

At these prices it is making Nikon Capture NX2 look very expensive

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Michiel Koolen
By Michiel Koolen (Mar 6, 2012)

For European customers wondering why download prices are higher than physical media - this is caused by VAT rules. Since the Adobe EU store seems to be resided in Ireland, downloads are charged at the local VAT rate of 23%, rather than the lower rates some other EU countries have.

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BrianPriceUK
By BrianPriceUK (Mar 6, 2012)

UK Pricing:
Full Product: £106.48 Download, £103.88 Posted (Post Free)
Upgrade: £60.57 Download, £59.09 Posted (Post Free)

I don't know why downloads should be more expensive, but at these prices you can't complain.

BTW, you can upgrade from LR1, 2, or 3 at the same price.

Brian

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Davidwa
By Davidwa (Mar 6, 2012)

The reduced pricing is good news however their pricing policy is a mystery to me. Just checked Adobe's U.K. Web site and if I want to purchase Lighroom 4 Upgrade the price is 60.59 Pounds if I choose to download the software. However the price is 59.09 Pounds if I want Adobe to ship the software to me in a boxed version. Surely if I choose to download I'm saving CD manufacturing, packaging, people handling and postage costs so the download version should be much cheaper.

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Gionni Dorelli
By Gionni Dorelli (Mar 6, 2012)

can we upgrade from version 2?

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faxmachineAnthem
By faxmachineAnthem (Mar 6, 2012)

Yes, you can even upgrade from version 1 for the same price as version 3.

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Davidwa
By Davidwa (Mar 9, 2012)

I originally stated that the price reduction was good news and was only making a general comment about download versions being the same price as a boxed version.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Mar 6, 2012)

Come on Adobe, you have a development center in India and still you don't offer your products through online store in India. :(

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Archer66
By Archer66 (Mar 6, 2012)

Great news, Thank you Adobe.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Mar 6, 2012)

I'll bet this early introduction has everything to do with the introduction of the new Nikon and Canon camera's.

This way Adobe can force new camera owners to upgrade, due to the fact that ACR and lightrooms raw engine are not backwards compatible.

Another dirty job of Adobe.

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Hans and Lidy
By Hans and Lidy (Mar 6, 2012)

:-) Yes, everybody is against you.

However for me, I am glad that Adobe keeps developing their products. And since LR is at the core in my photo processing workflow, I’m happy to pay only €62 for an upgrade.

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DaveBowman
By DaveBowman (Mar 6, 2012)

No one is forcing you to do anything! You make your own choices in this World. If half the last release price isn't enough to bring a smile to your face then either stick with the previous version and an older camera, or use something else that you don't consider a dirty, underhand trick on the part of the manufacturer. I expect you spend far too much time looking over your shoulder, but they probably are out to get you anyway.

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Photoworks
By Photoworks (Mar 6, 2012)

ADOBE RIPOFF ALERT

Can somebody from Adobe please explain why US customers pay $79 for the upgrade, while Australian customers are charged $122. Both are delivered electronically via download. Even taking into account the difference in exchange rates and taxes, the difference is a major ripoff.

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

Exactly!!! and if you try to buy through the US store with an Aussie credit card or Paypal account they won't let ya!!

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Tim O'Connor
By Tim O'Connor (Mar 6, 2012)

*cricket chirp*

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Mar 6, 2012)

Now its the Australians that gets charged more, normally its Europe that gets ripped off.

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 6, 2012)

what are you freaking out about, i just bought it and its AUD$89 inc gst

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

where did you get for $89 inc. GST?

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augustus739
By augustus739 (Mar 6, 2012)

I just got it for $98.75. One really needs to read all the little boxes on the screen before one goes ranting in a forum.... ;-)

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Photoworks
By Photoworks (Mar 6, 2012)

Allowing for exchange rate differences, that's still 20% more than the US price. Why the difference? I can appreciate a difference in price with hardware given transportation, distribution, warranty, and so on. But in this case, it's just delivered via download. Why slug Aussies a 20% premium?

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

@augustus739: Perhaps it's you who should learn to read, $98.75 is the EX GST price for an upgrade from LR 3 on the Australian Adobe Website.

Comment edited 40 seconds after posting
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thebloke
By thebloke (Mar 6, 2012)

All price greedy price gouging does is promote software piracy, take note Adobe and correct this in balance!!!

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 6, 2012)

Yes i paid $98 (sorry for the typo before) INC GST. from the adobe Australia web site. Look guys you cant complain about us being charged 15% more than the USA, it is common practice that local pricing is based on region. Australia's annual median income is far higher than that of our US cousins, and it is reflected in the price of things. Just look at the price of household items. A 2lt bottle of coke costs about $us1.20, whereas in Australia youll pay over $2.50. Its just how it is.

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

No worries. Look, I understand Coke being more expensive as the cost of business for production and marketing is more here in Australia and the economy of scale less. However, software delivery, especially online is not subject to the same costs.

For example I can buy LR 4 from BHPhoto for $149 US + $32.36 US delivery, that's the retail box delivered to my door for $181.36 US --less than the download only cost from the Australian Adobe website.

I am not saying that's it's too expensive I'd pay much more for the software but I'm not paying more than my US cousins just because some corporate monkey in Adobe thinks I should be able to absorb the cost.

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 6, 2012)

Well John, All i can say to that is... Long Live the internet.

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augustus739
By augustus739 (Mar 6, 2012)

@John Mackay They only took $98.75 out of my visa. Not everything incurs GST. :-)

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WSLam
By WSLam (Mar 6, 2012)

The download link seems to have been corrected. Working now.

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DigitalOxygenca
By DigitalOxygenca (Mar 6, 2012)

Yup.

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ClrExp
By ClrExp (Mar 6, 2012)

This was really excellent blog. you've done gr8 work. I'll visit your blog again.

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DancingPhotoPanda
By DancingPhotoPanda (Mar 6, 2012)

Since Adobe screwed up their purchase and trial links, and is still charging $99 for an upgrade that is supposed to be $79, here's the LR4 Windows trial download link I found by substituting numbers in the URL:
http://trials2.adobe.com/AdobeProducts/LTRM/4/win32/Lightroom_4_LS11.exe

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Andrew Maiman
By Andrew Maiman (Mar 6, 2012)

Looks like they caught that:

Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "http://trials2.adobe.com/AdobeProducts/LTRM/4/win32/Lightroom_4_LS11.exe" on this server.

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midimid
By midimid (Mar 6, 2012)

This worked OK for me!

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midimid
By midimid (Mar 6, 2012)

And here's the OSX version:
http://trials.adobe.com/AdobeProducts/LTRM/4/osx10/Lightroom_4_LS11.dmg

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theoschela
By theoschela (Mar 6, 2012)

took the plunge - purchased upgrade online - downloading Lr4 (not 3.6)

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

or $219 AUD at the Australian Adobe Store, That's right, we're Australian ...feel free to rip us off!!

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 6, 2012)

no it isnt its $98 and $187 including tax. if you deduct gst, its about the same.

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

Actually, $145.00 +10% GST is $160.00. The download price of $187.00 AUD is a 30% price gouge.

No skin off my nose however, if I can't get it for $145 I won't be paying anything for it.

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 6, 2012)

Americans pay sales tax too, more than 10%, so you need to factor that into your math. But I've always said that people can justify anything, and if this is the way you justify stealing software, then that is your prerogative.

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Mar 6, 2012)

Actually, the application of sales tax in the US is dependent on sales made locally in the same state and only two states levy more than 10%.

For instance if I purchase LR 4 online from B&H in NY and live in NY then I pay sales tax on top. However, if the shipping destination is anywhere outside of NY state then no sales tax is applied. To that extent nearly all US residents can mitigate the application of sales tax applied to online purchases by simply by ordering from a supplier outside of their own state.

I am not going to bother addressing your other comments which frankly are bordering on Libel.

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DigitalOxygenca
By DigitalOxygenca (Mar 6, 2012)

Well that's frustrating. The "Try" download link on this page still links to LR3. Anyone have an alternative link that's working?

http://www.photoshop.com/products/photoshoplightroom

FYI got to the above page via the Adobe blog here: http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2012/03/lightroom-4-now-available.html

The original LR page is still splashed with LR3 :P Come on Adobe!
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

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DigitalOxygenca
By DigitalOxygenca (Mar 6, 2012)

Just tried another one on this page. Same issue.
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.edu.html

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theoschela
By theoschela (Mar 6, 2012)

well that was quick!
...a quick survey does not see content aware....

um - I went to the LR4 download - and it downloaded Lr 3.6 !!!

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
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theoschela
By theoschela (Mar 6, 2012)

Well done Adobe - downloaded & purchased the Upgrade.

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