Adobe is refreshing its Photoshop Lightroom software with plenty of new tools for both professional and amateur photographers.
Most of Lightroom 4 focuses on enhanced features surrounding shadow and highlight processing, maximizing high dynamic range from cameras, and soft proofing for fine tuning colors.
Adobe developers also took a longer look at the video features with the addition of native video support. This enables Lightroom users to be able to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on basically any camera, whether it be DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras or smartphones. Furthermore, final clips can be exported as a H.264 file or uploaded directly to Facebook or Flickr.
In terms of old school sharing, Adobe still seems concerned about photo books. New features include more text controls, more templates and a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module.
Certainly, this might still interest some consumers (as well as business customers), so there's no reason for getting rid of these kinds of features.
An interesting route for photo books would be to see these more features for digital, enhanced books (such for self-publishing platforms like Amazon's Kindle Direct Programming).
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is now available for Mac and Windows, starting at $79 for upgrades and 149 for new users.
There are actually quite a few minimum system requirements, including baselines of Mac OS X v10.6.8 or Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 with specified Intel or AMD processors, 2 GB of RAM and a 1024 x 768 display. Double check and compare the product listing with your system before purchasing.
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