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Adobe Brings Photoshop Lightroom 4 to Mac App Store

Two months after the public release of Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe has now brought the software to the Mac App Store [Direct Link]. The release marks the most substantial Mac App Store release yet for Adobe, joining Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor as well as the subscription-based Revel (formerly known as Carousel) in Apple's online marketplace for OS X software.


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is priced at $149.99 in the Mac App Store, identical to Adobe's suggested pricing for the boxed version, although Adobe also offers a $79 boxed upgrade version for users of previous Lightroom versions. Adobe also offers the boxed Lightroom 4 at a discounted $99 when purchased with one of the company's new Creative Suite 6 bundles. Per its standard policy, Apple takes a 30% cut of purchases made through the Mac App Store.

The Creative Suite package has of course been one of the major software titles users have been looking for to come to the Mac App Store, with Microsoft Office being another popular software package high on users' wish lists. And while Adobe has not yet made the leap to offering any of the Creative Suite packages or even standalone applications from those bundles available through the Mac App Store, the addition of Lightroom is certainly a significant step for Adobe in the direction of offering higher-end titles through the marketplace.

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34 months ago

I actually fine with downloading apps outside of the Mac app store. I think it's just a convenience. I don't really see why the big developers need to embrace Apple's marketplace model.


Well, you get a license for 5 machines for the same price. I think it's a better deal.

The updates are super convenient and integrated with your other app store apps, and you can easily re-download everything if you get a new machine or erase your hard-drive.

Also, you don't have to deal with serials and activation and all this stuff…

Pretty nice convenience IMHO. ;)
Rating: 24 Votes
34 months ago
Apple is just doing what everyone else is doing.
Being a middleman and taking a markup.
So what?

Amazon,
Your local software shop,
Any online retailer,
They all take a cut and some take up to 55%.

I think some people here don't know what business is about.
Rating: 12 Votes
34 months ago

@The main post - Why do you need to link to AppShopper?

'Adobe has now brought the software to the Mac App Store [Direct Link]'

Here you hyperlink Mac App Store to AppShopper and Direct Link to the iTunes store. But why?

It should be the other way -

'Adobe has now brought the software to the Mac App Store [AppShopper]'

Choking down your service through people's throats? Awesome.


We do need to make a living. But you're welcome to click on the direct link if you prefer.
Rating: 10 Votes
34 months ago

Choking down your service through people's throats? Awesome.


Have you even used AppShopper? That app alone has saved me hundreds of dollars. I don't mind if arn wants to use MacRumors to promote such an amazing website/app. How much do you pay per month to use MacRumors? That's what I thought.

Everyone should go download the new TouchArcade app too. The MacRumors empire is growing! Hahaha. Keep up the good work arn & team. It's this level of dedication that keeps me coming back. My only suggestion is cutting back on DigiTimes stories, lol.
Rating: 10 Votes
34 months ago

I actually fine with downloading apps outside of the Mac app store. I think it's just a convenience. I don't really see why the big developers need to embrace Apple's marketplace model.


The difference is that Adobe understood why it needed to embrace that model.

Everyone is noticing that AppStore sales are the way to a larger audience. Hence the beginning of an era where you find big house professional apps in these app stores.

Good for users and everyone else.

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I've never bought anything from apple's online stores.


Which is absolutely not related to either the main post or the post quoted in your reply.

Your usual.

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@The main post - Why do you need to link to AppShopper?

'Adobe has now brought the software to the Mac App Store [Direct Link]'

Here you hyperlink Mac App Store to AppShopper and Direct Link to the iTunes store. But why?

It should be the other way -

'Adobe has now brought the software to the Mac App Store [AppShopper]'

Choking down your service through people's throats? Awesome.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago
I have bought a few things from the app store. It agree it is a convenience when installing stuff on a new machine. I usually stock up on itunes gift cards around xmas that offer 20% off. This past year I still have a bunch I got for 25% off. So if I buy light room it will only cost me 112.50 plus tax.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

The difference is that Adobe understood why it needed to embrace that model.

Everyone is noticing that AppStore sales are the way to a larger audience. Hence the beginning of an era where you find big house professional apps in these app stores.

Good for users and everyone else.[COLOR="#808080"]

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It also comes down to a trusted source in the Mac AppStore. Most people not 18 to 21 years of age are cautious and down want "trouble" for downloads. The Mac AppStore is seen as a reliable and tested source.

Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

Well, you get a license for 5 machines for the same price. I think it's a better deal.

The updates are super convenient and integrated with your other app store apps, and you can easily re-download everything if you get a new machine or erase your hard-drive.

Also, you don't have to deal with serials and activation and all this stuff…

Pretty nice convenience IMHO. ;)


Exactly what I was thinking!! There are so many Pros! This is why I purchase aperture a few months ago and now I am switching to Lightroom which I really wanted.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

Nor have I. I don't want to support behavior I don't approve of.


You are such a hipster :cool:
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

More and more compaanies are biting the bullet and putting their products on the Mac App Store.
Their finally realising how "Worth it" Apple's 30% is :D


For the pete's sake! People, do you understand how RETAILERS WORK?! Apple is the only retailer that we know for certain how much of a cut they are getting. Do you know how much best buy gets, no, walmart, no, amazon, no, you name it store, NO! There is this thing called Wholesale price. That's what retailers get. We DONT know what that price is. For all we know, Adobe's wholesale price is $75 and therefore retailers are pocketing $75, 50%. And that's not even including any logistical cost or physical reproduction.

In conclusion, everyone needs to stop talking about Apple's 30% and how we're amazed people are "biting the bullet". Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the Mac App store is SAVING adobe money per unit sold. So please, no more of this non sense.
Rating: 5 Votes

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