Tonight at 9 pm Pacific Time, Adobe announced the official release of Lightroom 4.1. This is a free update to Lightroom 4.0, and addresses several bugs in 4.0, and also adds new camera support. In addition, we have for nice new features:
- Book output to JPEG. We can now save our book pages as individual jpegs. Not only can you use this to send your book to a publisher who requires jpegs, but more importantly to me, you can make single page photo/text layouts (which you can reimport into Lightroom to print or use in a slideshow).
- New Lens Corrections tools for fixing purple and green fringing. In the Lens Corrections panel, there is a new Color tab, with the Lightroom 4.0 Remove Chromatic Aberration check-box, as well as the new purple and green controls. For automatic correction, click on the eye dropper and then click in the purple or green fringe in your photo (while zoomed in to 1:1 or greater), and Lightroom will detect and set the sliders appropriately to correct it. Amount controls the strength of correction, and colors between the two Hue triangles are affected.
- New local purple/green defringe control in the adjustment brush and graduated filters.
- Support for HDR TIFF files (16, 24 and 32 bit). Now once you have merged multiple exposures using Photoshop’s HDR-Pro, you can do the tone mapping nondestructively using Lightroom’s Develop module, rather than Photoshop’s complicated (and destructive) tone mapping dialog. Files from other HDR programs are also supported. Note that 32-bit PSD’s are not supported, so be sure to save in Photoshop as a TIFF.
- Adobe Revel has been moved to Publish Services