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Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 4, Slashes Price in Half to $149

Adobe today announced the immediate release of Photoshop Lightroom 4, bringing a number of new features and a lower price tag to the company's professional photo management and manipulation software.
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 products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”
Photoshop Lightroom 4 was released as a public beta just under two months ago, and Adobe has made several additional improvements since that time.

With the release of Lightroom 4, Adobe has slashed the application's price in half to $149, presumably responding to Apple's price cut on Aperture that saw it drop to just $79 when it moved to the Mac App Store with that marketplace's debut in January 2011. Pricing for Student/Teacher and Upgrade editions of Lightroom 4 is set at $79, with the Upgrade edition valid for any previous version of Lightroom.

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28 months ago
It's a shame Adobe doesn't have as much competition for its other apps.
Rating: 9 Positives
28 months ago

I have always flat out refused to pay adobe's prices.
Now if they price Photoshop and Illustrator at points that don't make me wet myself laughing they might get some of my money.


To be fair, Photoshop Elements is a great product for non-pro users & is priced very reasonably.
Rating: 8 Positives
28 months ago
I know this might be controversial and I'm not trying to stir up the ages old Aperture vs Lightroom debate, but I imagine there are other reasons for the price change other than Aperture, and I imagine the same price point will be applied on the Windows version where Aperture does not exist.

I have used both pieces of software (I now use iPhoto) and I have to say that while LR bugged me with some things it did, Aperture had far more significant problems. When I got Aperture it had added photo books support, and it was so buggy and slow that it was literally impossible to use without having it crash after long periods of beachballs. Updates came and did not address it, after a while I suppose it was fixed but I had certainly lost interest at that point. Sharing photos was/(still is?) pathetically complicated. The performance of the whole suite was ridiculously poor. The machine I used Aperture on (same as LR) was 2.4ghz MBP with 8GB of RAM and the photo library was large-ish but
Rating: 8 Positives
28 months ago
Photoshop and Illustrator should be sold at this price.
Rating: 7 Positives
28 months ago
They feel the breath of Aperture's price point.
Rating: 7 Positives
28 months ago
Here in the UK the price with box is £103.00 or $162.00, sorry Adobe, I'm sticking with Aperture, you're propensity for ripping people off continues unabated.
Rating: 7 Positives
28 months ago
ipad 3 just tomorrow. Imagine...
Rating: 5 Positives
28 months ago
Way to go Adobe! :D
Rating: 4 Positives
28 months ago
An Aperture app for the new iPad would be fantastic. PixelSync is good but limited, if Apple could do something similar with tethering to the iPad it would become really useful.
Rating: 4 Positives
28 months ago
I will be jumping on this right away... been a user of Lightroom since the first beta and love it. I can safely say it has saved me hundreds of hours processing my images as a sports photographer. If you are a photography and don't see value in Lightroom, you probably don't know how to use it properly. If that's the case, I'd encourage you to check out some video tutorials because it really is a huge productivity tool for photography. I'm sure Aperture provides similar capabilities, but I've never used it and prefer to stay in Adobe for when I do need to bounce to Photoshop, which is extremely rare with Lightroom 3, and will be even more infrequent with LR 4.
Rating: 4 Positives

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