Adobe tonight announced the availability of Lightroom 4.2, a free update for Lightroom 4 owners. This release does not add new features, but it does address some performance issues with Lightroom 4.1, and also adds support for several new cameras and lenses, tethering for more cameras, and several bug fixes.
If you open Lightroom 4 and it does not prompt you automatically to download the update, go to Help>Check for Updates. Once the update downloads, double-click on the file to launch the installation wizard. If it is not yet available, you can also click here to download it directly from adobe.com.
If you are also working with Photoshop CS6, be sure to also update Camera Raw to 7.2, also released tonight with the same updates. In Bridge or Photoshop, go to Help>Check for Updates.
Performance Issues Addressed
Hopefully those of you experiencing performance issues with Lightroom 4.1 will benefit from these improvements. There have been changes made to the way views are updated in the Develop module. This should result in improved performance when:
- Stepping through edited images in Develop with the filmstrip showing.
- Doing Develop work with Loupe, Compare, or Survey mode displayed on your secondary monitor, or with the filmstrip showing. (Sliders should be more responsive).
- Switching back to Library immediately after editing in Develop.
New Cameras Supported:
Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i, Canon EOS M, Fujifilm XF1, Fujifilm X-E1, Fuji FinePix F800EXR, Leaf Credo 40, Leaf Credo 60, Leica S, Leica D-LUX 6,