The team would like to provide an update on several issues discovered since last Monday night’s launch. Thanks for your patience while we investigated and compiled this list.
Point Tone Curve Migration
In Lightroom 3, the Tone Curve panel added a “point curve” adjustment option in addition to the default parametric curve. When a customer upgrades their Lightroom 3 catalog to Lightroom 4, any images with point curve adjustments will lose those specific settings. This is a high severity bug and we are working hard to provide a solution as quickly as possible. Several members of the community have already started helping us test a fix that can be applied to an upgraded Lightroom 4 catalog. We’ll be providing updates via this blog and the following Lightroom Feedback thread.
“Edit in” Workflow for External Editors/Plug-ins
There is a bug on both Mac and Windows that can cause the “Edit in…” workflow to fail for third party applications and plug-ins. Many of our customers working with Nik plug-ins have found that they’re unable to launch their plug-ins from within Lightroom 4. (This is more prevalent on Windows) We are testing a solution for this problem and it will be included in our next update. Feedback on this bug is captured here.
Edit in Photoshop Workflow
Currently, the Edit in Photoshop workflow asks that you have the Camera Raw 7 plug-in installed. Please note that the Camera Raw 7 plug-in is not available at this time. The correct plug-in for Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 compatibility is Camera Raw 6.7, currently available on Adobe Labs Please keep in mind that currently Camera Raw 6.7 is a a Release Candidate version of the plug-in. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.
Reverse Geocoding Delays
We had a temporary loss of reverse geocoding results on Tuesday. This problem has been resolved and we’re monitoring the issue with Google’s help.
Serial Number Delivery from Adobe.com Store
A small group of customers that ordered Lightroom 4 as a software download(not a boxed copy) on Tuesday or Wednesday did not receive serial numbers. We’ve corrected the error and we’ll be monitoring this issue going forward. If you’re included in that group and have not received a serial number yet, please contact Jeff Tranberry, our Chief Customer Advocate, with your order number and any support case numbers you have.
We’ve had several questions around who is eligible for an upgrade to Lightroom 4. Any Lightroom 1, 2 or 3 version of Lightroom, education editions included, can utilize the upgrade version of Lightroom 4. The prior version of Lightroom does not need to be installed on the computer, however you will need the prior version serial number at the time of installation of Lightroom 4. (If the prior version is still installed on the computer, Lightroom 4 will automatically pick up that serial number so you don’t need to go digging through boxes or your email)
Upgrade policy for those that just purchased LIghtroom 3
We’ve seen quite a few questions from those who have just purchased Lightroom 3. If you purchased Lightroom 3 very recently you may be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Lightroom 4: http://www.adobe.com/go/pa
Amazon’s Mac Software Downloads Store is open for business. Not too many titles for the time being but you can find certain items that are not available in the Mac App Store such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Elements and Premiere. From now till 1 June, 2011, you get a US$5 discount off a single purchase. Coupon code is SAVE5MAC. Keep checking back the Amazon for I truly believe that they will aggressively add more titles in the upcoming weeks.
SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 8, 2010 – Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for Windows and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.
For more information, check out Adobe’s site, http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/
Of all the new features, the ones I’m really looking forward to apart from the superior noise reduction are –
- the lens correction
- tethered shooting
- perspective correction and
- film grain integration
Source – Adobe
Adobe has launched Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download. Release candidates of all three had already been available from the Adobe’s Labs site. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 20 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3S, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.
Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates:
Newly Supported Camera Models
- Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Canon PowerShot S90
- Leaf Aptus II 5
- Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
- Nikon D3s
- Olympus E-P2
- Pentax K-x
- Panasonic FZ38
- Sigma DP1s
- Sony A500
- Sony A550
- Sony A850
Source – dpreview
New in Lightroom 2.5
The goal of this release is to address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 2 and provide additional camera raw support. A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below:
Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed
- Lightroom 2.4 on Windows continued to display the import dialog when a memory card was detected regardless of the preference setting “Show import dialog when a memory card is detected.”
- Lightroom 2.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response.
Newly Supported Cameras:
- Nikon D300s
- Nikon D3000
- Olympus E-P1
- Panasonic DMC-FZ35
- Panasonic DMC-GF1
Get your update here.
Source – Adobe
According to Adobe, the following were updated for Lightroom 2.4
- Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i)
- Several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases which includes the following -
- Web galleries with a Collection Title of six characters would not export or upload
- The crop aspect ratio could revert to the last selected ratio even when reset to original
- The crop aspect ratio in Quick Develop could be lost after a crop adjustment
- The crop aspect ratio lock could be lost after an orientation switch
- Images could preview incorrectly when imported using the MTP/PTP USB protocol
- Sony .ARW files may not have been recognized by Lightroom’s import dialog
- The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X 10.5 could fail to switch to the print module if the HP B9180 was set as the default printer
- Metadata options that are intended for use were dimmed incorrectly when exporting DNG files
- The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X was missing a shortcut for “Zoom Out”
- Several translation and shortcut corrections were made for the eight additional languages introduced with Lightroom 2.3
For details and download link, go to Adobe’s download page, link here.
As for Camera RAW 5.4, a number of new cameras were added to the update. One thing to note though is that the Camera Raw 5.4 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4. Hmm…..
For the full read on the Camera RAW 5.4, check out the readme link here.
The beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones as well as a contacts-only version for phones that support SyncML is launched by Google this week.
According to Google Mobile Blog, “Google Sync allows you to get your Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar events to your phone. Once you set up Sync on your phone, it will automatically begin synchronizing your address book and calendar in the background, over-the-air, so you can attend to other tasks. Sync uses push technology so any changes or additions to your calendar or contacts are reflected on your device in minutes. The connection is always on so you don’t have to manually sync your phone after Sync has been set up….
For devices that support the open SyncML protocol, Google Sync will allow for two-way contacts synchronization. If you’re a BlackBerry user, a version of Google Sync is already available.”
Sounds neat, who needs MobileMe now I wonder.
Source – Google Mobile Blog
Apple announced the new update for the NVIDIA graphics, the update improves cursor movement when using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter with the Mini DisplayPort enabled MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. It also improves playback of HD video running on systems with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or GeForce 9600M graphics.
Download link here.
The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed.
Release Notes for Lightroom 2.3
The goal of this release is to address several bugs and provide additional camera raw support. A list of issues fixed in this release is included below:
Bugs – Fixed
- In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
- Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
- A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
- Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
- Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.
Newly supported camera models include:
- Nikon D3X
- Olympus E-30
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
Download link for Lightroom 2.3 Release candidate here.
Release Notes for Camera Raw 5.3
Newly supported camera models include:
- Nikon D3X
- Olympus E-30
This release is not currently compatible with After Effects. This will be addressed before the final release
This release addresses possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files.
Download link for Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate here.
Source – Adobe Labs
Finally, Google released the Picasa for Mac beta. Check it out here.
Finally got around to get some color management going.
Originally planned to go out and shop for a Spyder, went down to Sim City in Mongkok for a spin and saw the Spyder line on special at DC Fever, the Spyder 2 Express was going for HK$680 and the Spyder 3 Pro was going for HK$1,480. The plan was to go for the Spyder 3 Pro as I have two monitors hooked up for for my Lightroom settings plus the MacBook Pro for maneuvering around town and being able to calibrate multiple monitors is a must factor. In addition, being able to monitor constant ambient light is also a big plus, but as I was checking out other stores, I saw the Huey Pro (which performs the same functions as the Spyder 3 Pro) which have been out of stock for a while. Asked the guy at the shop and he offered HK$780.00, not bad at all and I grabbed it right away.
Got home, took me less than 30 minutes to calibrate the two monitors and the MacBook Pro, woot. As for the results, sure looks good.Woot for color management.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 update includes these enhancements:
• Additional camera support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and more
• Includes several corrections for issues introduced by the Lightroom 2.0 release
Click here for the release details and download link.
Source – Adobe