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.


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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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