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Adobe announces general availability of Photoshop Lightroom 4

Digital photography workflow solution released for Mac and Windows

Adobe has announced the general availability of Photoshop Lightroom 4, a digital photography workflow solution aimed at both amateur and professional photographers.

Available on Mac OS X and Windows for £86.57 ex VAT (£103.88 inc VAT) or as an upgrade for £49.24 ex VAT (£59.09 inc VAT) - significantly less than previous versions - Photoshop Lightroom 4 is a tool designed to help you quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase your images.

It was released in beta in January 2012, a process that Adobe says has helped it refine the product before its official launch.

"Feedback from our customers is invaluable in developing Lightroom and the real trick to a great release is to combine these insights with Adobe's unrivalled image processing innovation," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.

Photoshop Lightroom 4 preview

"Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd," Hendrickson continued.

Among the news features on offer in Lightroom 4 are the ability to create photobooks, with text controls and a variety of templates on offer. You can also take advantage of new adjustment controls and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance, Adobe said.

You can also now play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones thanks to native video support in Lightroom 4 and a Develop mode lets you tune images in a destination colour space to ensure content looks its best.

Additionally, you can now also email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of your choice.

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