Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate is Up on Adobe Labs

I’ve heard from a few people having issues with Lightroom 4 so I figured I’d let you know that Adobe has a Release Candidate up on the Adobe Labs website. Here’s a link to the page that talks about fixes in the release candidate. Some of the fixes include:

?Lightroom 4 did not properly open external applications when using the ?Edit In? functionality.
?Point Curve adjustments made in Lightroom 3 have been restored.
?Addressed performance issues in Lightroom 4, particularly when loading GPS track logs, using a secondary monitor, and the controls within the Develop module.

Keep in mind this is a release candidate, so it’s kinda like a step above beta. But if you’ve been having these issues, it’s probably worth installing. Oh, one more thing. You can’t install this along side Lightroom 4 – it’ll actually replace Lightroom 4. Again, here’s a link to tells you all about it. And here’s the link if you want to download from the Adobe Labs website.

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  1. I have been a devoted user and “evangelist” of LR since I started using it. With my transition from LR 3.6 to 4.0 or even the RC 4.1, the love has died.

    There is a river of problems that I could mention here. But I will mention two that are bothering not only me, but also other users (check this thread in the Adobe forums)

    1- A DNG exported to Photoshop (CS5 + ACR 6.7) will come back with obvious differences even if no editing was made and was just saved as a TIFF. This is critical for ANY type of photography.

    2- Working (1 or 2 monitors) in LR for an extended amount of time is so painful that I am thinking in abandoning digital photography altogether and going back to film. I think I might have more luck dodging and burning each one of my prints than a single digital negative in LR 4.1

    I am considering in returning my license key to Adobe. Yes, it is that bad.

    End of the mini-rant.

    And Matt, thanks for the good work, I enjoyed your last book quite a bit.


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  2. Thanks, finally 5DIII support. Well finally, it was quite quick and many don’t have the cam, yet. But I’m glad to see it coming…

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  3. Matt,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the heads up on this. i found out that my Nik plug ins were not working, but wasn’t sure why. i installed 4.1 and problem solved!

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  4. I ordered LR4 from weeks ago and I will not get it for yet another week. That is the latest delivery date anyway. I wonder how many point releases will be out before I get my delivery.

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  5. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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  6. Hi Matt,

    After leaving you the above email, I went to the LR4 RC download site and checked out the information there. It indicated that the LR 4 RC would just over write the original LR 4 Beta and that the catalogs would not be changed. So I downloaded, installed and sure enough the catalogs were still there and just fine. So FYI.



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  7. Thanks for the info. I’ve been hoping they’d release this soon because I miss my “edit in” functions!

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  8. When I transferred my images to LR$ from 3 I lost most of my presets and keywords . Is this normal or did I do something wrong? Thanks………..

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  9. I don’t think so but, I would wait until the final version.

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  10. IMHO, the official release of LR4 seemed a bit too hasty. Given the number of complaints and bugs which I’ve read about on various blogs, my thought is LR4 is not “fully baked”. Hence the new RC 4.1. I wonder if Adobe was spooked by the release of PhotoDirector 3? After all, LR4 was released shortly after PhotoDirector 3 and at the same price point.

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  11. PNG Support: when it’s coming to LR? – It’s a pitty that I can not IMPORT all my photos from my iPhone/iPod/iPad because those that are in PNG format (i.e. screen captures), will never get into my LR catalog.

    Yes.. I can do workarounds, but I was looking into a simple, one click operation to import images to LR from my iOS devices

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  12. Hey Matt, thanks for the heads up! I am have a performance issue in the development mode. Do you know if I install the RC will I loose my LR4 catalogs?

    Thanks again for the update!


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