What Does The Latest Lightroom 4.2 Release Candidate Mean For You

Adobe announced a release candidate for Lightroom 4.2 a couple days ago and I wanted to write a quick article on what this means to you as a Lightroom 4.1 user.

First, What Is A Release Candiate?
A release candidate is basically a beta version of the software, that has the potential to be a final version. Everything at this stage has been designed and tested thoroughly and unless there’s a significant bug that’s found/changed, the release candidate will eventually become the next version of the software.

When it comes to Lightroom, Tom Hogarty (the Lightroom Product Manager) says this about it on his blog:
“The ‘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. The final release of Lightroom 4.2 may have additional corrections or camera support.”

Does Lightroom 4.2 Have Any New Features?
4.2 has some bug fixes (you can read the full list over on the Lightroom Product Manager, Tom Hogarty’s, blog and new camera support for about 10 new cameras (again, the full list is over on Tom’s blog). For me personally, I wasn’t affected by any of the bugs (at least that I’ve noticed). And I don’t own any of the new cameras. However, it looks like the Nikon D800 is now supported in tethered capture, so that’ll be cool.

Am I Going To Download It?
Yes, I’ll be downloading it soon. I’m teaching at Photoshop World next week in Las Vegas so I’m a little hesitant to change anything before then. Not just Lightroom, but I’m usually hesitant to changing anything on my computer right before a big conference. But who knows… I’m not very good at waiting so I may tempt fate before then 🙂

Question: Have you (or will you) upgraded to the Lightroom 4.2 release candidate yet? Any thoughts so far?

Thanks and have a good one!