Adobe Releases Lightroom 4

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Adobe Systems

introduced Tuesday the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 software, the latest edition of its popular photo editing software for Mac OS and Windows PCs.

Lightroom provides a digital photography workflow solution for both professional and amateur photographers, enabling the quick importing, managing, and enhancement of digital image files.

First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available at a suggested retail of $149 for the full version and $79 for an upgrade.

Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for 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," stated Winston Hendrickson, Adobe digital imaging products VP. "Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd."

Among the newest features in the software are new adjustment controls to maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering shadow details and highlights.

New auto adjustments dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and allow additional local adjustment controls for noise reduction and white balance.

The program support the creation of 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, Adobe said.

New native video support allows playing, trimming and extracting 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.

Presets using new processing technology in the Develop module, helps photographers tune images in a destination color space. In addition, images can now be emailed directly from Lightroom via an email account of choice.

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