Adobe's finally taken its next major upgrade to its Lightroom photography workflow app out of beta - and its packed with features aimed at professional and amateur photographers alike
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 - to give it its proper title - introduces a slew of new features including improved image processing, native video support for DSLR cameras and a Book module that enables you to create amazing photo books.
Photoshop Lightroom 4's image processing capability includes new adjustment controls to maximise the dynamic range of your camera, enabling you to recover more shadow and highlight detail.
Lightroom 4 includes new and improved Auto features for dynamic setting of exposure and contrast and includes adjustment controls for Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.
DSLR video support
Also new in Lightroom 4 is native video support to help photographers import and edit video shot on video-capable DLRs. You'll now be able to find a range of video presets in Lightroom 4 to help ease your digital workflow - and you can use its range of image adjustment tools to help your videos look better too.
Photo books and Maps
Adobe is also introducing a new Book module in Lightroom 4 - bringing it into line with a similar feature in arch-rival Aperture 3. Lightroom 4 also apes Aperture's Places feature with Maps giving you the ability geotag your images with the location where they were photographed.
Other features include a new Develop module, which enables you to use new photo processing technology, plus a new soft-proofing mode that helps you tune your images to a destination colour space.
Pricing and availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is available now for Mac and Windows from the Adobe Store and costs £104 for the full version or £59 for the upgrade.