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Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidates

By dpreview staff on Feb 26, 2013 at 01:14 GMT

Adobe has announced 'release candidate' versions of Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4. As usual, the latest near-complete versions add support for recent cameras. What makes this release especially significant, however, is improved support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor models, including the X-Pro1 and X-E1. The Lightroom update also corrects a series of bugs present in the current version of the software. As usual, release candidates are considered well tested but not final.

We've subjected some test images to the latest processing offered in Adobe Camera Raw 7.4rc, and have compared the results with those from v4.3, the out-of-camera JPEGs and Capture One Pro. Click here to see how it performs.


New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 7.4 and Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidates

  • Canon EOS-1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Pentax MX1
  • Nikon 1 J3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M

Fixed issues in Lightroom 4.4

The following issues have been fixed in Lightroom 4.4 release candidate:

  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel
  • Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module
  • The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information
  • Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)
  • Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
  • The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.

Comments

Total comments: 43
sdh
By sdh (Mar 16, 2013)

How about a *true* fullscreen loupe view (where the image extends fully to the screen edge, with no flyout bars on the edges or blank background space).
Instant access to the UI (folders, filmstrip, etc) in Loupe mode is nice but it's crazy that LR still doesn't have a true full screen view.

Is this something one stops caring about with a huge monitor??

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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toni2
By toni2 (Mar 15, 2013)

Has anyone read "Improved interactive performance at intermediate zoom levels (e.g., 33% and 66%)" in camera raw 7.4 rc1 release notes?
That's a big improvement!

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Ubilam
By Ubilam (Mar 3, 2013)

Stop upgrading Adobe stuff and making them rich. Its all full of bugs and the older stuff works great! Don't be sheep!

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mark godfrey
By mark godfrey (Mar 7, 2013)

It's a free "upgrade"

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mimot13
By mimot13 (Feb 28, 2013)

No, no and no.. this 4.4RC is a pity. Have made some tests and compared to 4.3 release : ok, some little improvment in color area, actually not always visible, BUT what's sure is that images are becoming much more smoother and a little detail enhancement with sharpening slider is not the right answer (imho). Have a look on PhotoNinja and you'll see the huge gap of image quality..! I've removed this pityfull 4.4RC and replaced with the "good old 4.3". Ok, it's not perfect but it hasn't this blurred rendering, completely unnatural, which is finally really disturbing.

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AndreyT
By AndreyT (Feb 28, 2013)

In Library mode, with single-photo preview:

When one hits a portrait photo in the film strip and then hits a landscape photo in the film strip, the preview for the latter will be displayed blurry. The only way to make 4.3 display landscape previews properly (sharply) is hit landscape photo before another landscape photo.

This bug is present in Windows version of 4.3. It sounds quite similar to the "fixed" bug mentioned above, but for some reason they say it is "Mac only". I surely hope they fixed it in Windows version as well.

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sdh
By sdh (Mar 16, 2013)

+1 I see this too and very much hope it's fixed in 4.4. Interestingly, I see the bug 18MP images but not 12MP. wierd..

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ageha
By ageha (Feb 26, 2013)

Hasselblad Lunar support?! lol

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Feb 26, 2013)

Sony Nex 7.

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jeffer79
By jeffer79 (Feb 26, 2013)

Does anyone else experience a problem with LR "Secondary Display" window, which randomly appears as a small square window even after you've closed it?

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tornwald
By tornwald (Feb 26, 2013)

Good news for Fuji users, however still no Sigma support... When dear Lord?

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ageha
By ageha (Feb 26, 2013)

Never

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tornwald
By tornwald (Feb 26, 2013)

We know it is underway, but it takes way to long already

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Feb 26, 2013)

tornwald"

ACR 7 extracts raws from the DP2x. So does ACR 6.xx.

ageha:

Some Sigma raws are already extractable with ACR; true for more than a year now. So that's not "never".

No, raws from the 14X3 Foveon sensor are not extractable with ACR yet.

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Robert F. Tobler
By Robert F. Tobler (Feb 26, 2013)

Where is the support for the Sigma DP1 Merrill & DP2 Merrill?
Rumor has it that the ball lies squarely in Adobes court, Sigma
having supplied all necessary information.

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mantra
By mantra (Feb 26, 2013)

hi

i find the new acr 4.7 rc slower then before!

under windows 7 , did you notice the same?

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Ryan Mack
By Ryan Mack (Feb 26, 2013)

The pre-release versions likely have extra debug code enabled so it will be slower than a full release version.

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ageha
By ageha (Feb 26, 2013)

Certainly not.

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theoschela
By theoschela (Feb 26, 2013)

New Bug: Installed it on my Win 8 - and the scroll-wheel of my mouse does not work

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theoschela
By theoschela (Feb 26, 2013)

also - anyone notice the "Highlights" slider is stronger now?

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Benarm
By Benarm (Feb 26, 2013)

Very minor update, with no new features. They're probably saving the good stuff for Lightroom 5.

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theoschela
By theoschela (Feb 26, 2013)

if '5' only had performance increases - that might be enough to make me buy it...

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izubiaurre
By izubiaurre (Feb 26, 2013)

They haven't done anything about all the bugs reported in the official forum and the minor feature and improvement requests asked.

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skyrunr
By skyrunr (Feb 26, 2013)

How about PNG support?!

I sure hope Adobe fixes the errors when you try to move multiple videos and the one with the preview showing will not move, and there is no dialog to ignore or resolve the issue.

Then remember what filters settings I set either globally or for each individual folder. Currently every time you change filters it resets to none. Absurd that they can't at least make these features optional.

I also can't stand the auto-eject card after importing images and video and that you can't move data on import even though it is greyed out just to tease you.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Feb 27, 2013)

The filter features you request are already there.

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Revenant
By Revenant (Feb 26, 2013)

Why would anyone buy a NEX-7 and a handful of lenses, plus a NEX-6 as second body, and an RX1 as a complement, when you could get a Hasselblad Lunar body made out of the finest Italian wood and leather, for the same money?

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WT21
By WT21 (Feb 26, 2013)

Ooh, ooh! LR now supports the Lunar! Yeah!

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BJN
By BJN (Feb 26, 2013)

Yeah, I wondered about that. The crummy Hasselblad-Lunar website still just shows weird mockups and poorly done renderings. The raw file format is more real than the camera!

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Feb 26, 2013)

Strange that Hasselblad are still going thru with the most joked about camera at Photokina. They sure aren't your father's Hasselblad. The solution would be to bring back Victor but that's not an option.

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shutterdragon
By shutterdragon (Feb 26, 2013)

Curious if it has XF lens profiles.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 26, 2013)

They're not reporting including them. However, lenses that include correction as part of their design usually have those applied behind-the-scenes.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Feb 26, 2013)

Only the JPG files have profiles in camera on the XF lenses. Comparing a JPG and RAF file together (especially the 18mm lens) you can really see the difference.

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smatty
By smatty (Feb 26, 2013)

Yes, I use the XF 18mm most of the time with my XPro1 and Adobe does not seem to correct anything during RAW import...

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Feb 26, 2013)

I'm not sure about Camera Raw but Lightroom does distortion correction for 18mm, that's for sure.

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beckmarc
By beckmarc (Feb 26, 2013)

Great news on the Fuji x trans sensor support

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 26, 2013)

Does lightroom already support the X-Pro cameras?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 26, 2013)

Yes, but this improves that support.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 26, 2013)

Sorry, I just recalled that the support was poor before. Very good to see they fixed some of the issues.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 26, 2013)

I thought the Hasselblad Lunar was just a silly prototype.

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Pdf Ninja
By Pdf Ninja (Feb 26, 2013)

It is supposed to use the improved demosaicing algorithm that Fuji gave to Adobe. That hopefully means less color bleeding and improved detail with foliage.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Feb 26, 2013)

PdF Ninja, in my own findings as well it is much improved. In some of my more critical images I'm not seeing the watercolour effect or colour smearing.

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caissam
By caissam (Feb 26, 2013)

Are there any improvements for other cameras? For example the Sony RX100, I allways get very strange yellow-orange colours out of raw for faces in available light. In JPGs it looks better but using high iso it shows less details than raw development.

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Massimo
By Massimo (Feb 26, 2013)

May I download ACR 7.4 for Photoshop cs5 ?

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