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Tom Hogarty (Lightroom Product Manager) March 28, 2012 03:30

Lightroom 4.1 now available on labs.adobe.com

Thanks for everyone's patience and feedback on the Lightroom 4.0 release. As noted in last week's blog post we've identified several issues with this initial release including a few conditions where performance slowdowns could occur.

Lightroom 4.1 is now available on Adobe Labs:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/li...

Includes bug fixes for several top issues and includes 5D Mk III support:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/li...

Regards,
Tom Hogarty
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  • Ah, thanks for the explanation. Apparently Photoshop can handle that for soft-proofing.
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  • Yes, Photoshop was originally designed around the CYMK Workflow. People I talk to are softproofing to sRGB for Blurb and bypassing the profiling.
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  • Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a try.
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  • I just tried soft-proofing to sRGB first in PS then in LR and got very different results. In PS it made the image much darker, in LR it just highlighted so out-of-gamut highlights. But soft-proofing to the Blurb profile in PS was most accurate in comparison to my printed book.
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  • I’m frustrated, disappointed
    Hello all:

    Although many have mentioned this before, I would just like to add my voice and let Adobe know that there are many many others suffering from the last mishap.

    Although LR 4.1 improved speed operation of sliders and performance with 2 monitors, but this is only an appearance as continuous use of LR 4.1 (couple of hours) would make it as/or more irresponsive than LR4.0

    These are my observations:

    1- Operation with two monitors is extremely painful. Absolutely everything is slow. Sliders are clumsy and jump from one value to another instead of having a smooth operation.

    2- The above situation becomes worse when using the survey mode on the second monitor (Library mode on the main one). (Surveying an average of 6-9 photos at a time). The first 50-60 are ok, after that, it is better to shutdown LR and restart it again.

    3- As part of the lack of response after some mild photo-development, a black rectangular box starts to appear where the Info (keyword I) of the photo should appear. At the beginning it is redrawn fast enough but after a few more photos it could take up to 1 minute for the black box to disappear.

    4- In Loupe or Develope mode, zooming in might take up to 1 minute after a 1/2 hour session editing. This happens even with 1:1 previews already created at import time and with a dedicated scratch HD just for LR and Photoshop.

    5- Photos sent to Photoshop (CS5 with ACR 6.7) will return to LR 4.0 and 4.1 with different values of luminance and saturation. Even if not changed at all and only saved as a TIFF from the dng file. This is one of the most critical points.

    6- Importing takes easily twice or three times more than before. Can't really understand why. It took me recently ~3 hours to download a 14 GB card when I would usually do this in maybe 30 mins or a bit more including conversion to DNG and 1:1 previews generation.

    8- Second monitor is, sometimes, turned off/on all by itself.

    9- I have noticed that Photoshop has started to be unstable (after ACR 6.7), to the point that I close the program and it leaves a process running behind taking care of 6 (yes, six) Gb of my physical memory. I would say that that is a pretty big chunk of memory use for a "quick launch" executable.

    I think Adobe should take a good critical look at the team in charge of QC responsible for give the O.K. to both LR 4.0 and LR 4.1. In my opinion, this is practically like making a ferrari that cannot go faster than 60 km/hr. I had a long list of things that could be useful to a photographer before even thinking on including Blurb support. Actually, there is a long list of things that should have been right from the beginning instead of getting into the Blurb wagon.

    In all cases, I have compared the performance of LR 4.0 and 4.1 vs LR 3.6 on the same machine and using dng from a 5D mkII and a 7D.

    My system:

    - Windows 7 (64 bit)
    - Adobe Master Collection CS5
    - Adobe LR 4.0 (4.1 RC) (64 bit)
    - ACR 6.7

    - Dedicated HD for programs and OS
    - Dedicated RAID for photos
    - Dedicated Scratch Disk

    - All disks are SATA -II 7200 rpm, properly defragmented and manteined.

    - 12 GB Ram
    - 1 Gb dedicated video memory

    - Intel i7 @ 3.0 GHz

    I am seriously considering returning my license key and looking around for an alternative. I love LR but the current situation is making it impossible for me to work. I have even considered stopping with digital photography altogether and returning to film.

    Thanks in advance,

    A very dissatisfied user.

    p.s. if you need more details, I will be making a video soon and posting it on my blog on my review of LR 4.0/4.1
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  • do you think Adobe cares about anyones issues? Adobe has shown they don’t care. This is a junk product. I jumped ship to Aperture after the last debacle with Lion. I did purchase the LR upgrade for the heck of it so I’m speaking from experience, it’s pure junk. Adobe just blames everyone else while Aperture delivers. By the way Aperture supports tether capture with the Canon 5D III, i shot tethered tonight and it was flawless. Adobe claims they can’t provide tether support because Canon “isn’t supporting the 5D III in it’s SDK”, but Apple was able to do so. Quit pulling your hair out. Spend that time shooting. Change products.
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    • Agreed Lee. This is Adobe's business. This is their income and their fight for competition. They do care. As a software engineer (not Adobe), I know that when new infrastructure is added, it will take time to shake out the problems and stabilize. I am waiting patiently for LR4 to become stable and regain the lost performance. Then I am excitedly awaiting to upgrade from 3.6 to 4.?.
    • I got irked back when Lr3 was having some issues, and tried Aperture. It was an order of magnitude slower than Lightroom. Abnormally slow no doubt, but proof that even Apple software on plain vanilla Apple hardware can have strange (reliability/performance affecting) issues... Lr4 rocks on my machine today - very fast at doing most critical things (e.g. develop module response after loaded, library culling), slow doing others (loading for develop). My ftp'ing plugins often crash Lightroom - that's my biggest gripe... (that, and the myriad of little bugs and omissions that remain unfixed). OK, also - I can do almost no plugin ops to the whole catalog without exhausting memory, but I have that solved by dividing my catalog's photos into 3 smaller-sized collections to operate on. One more thing - ftp preset selection changing everywhere when I change anywhere is driving me positively nuts! - OK, I'm done (for now).
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  • Recently I installed the RC2 of LR 4.1 and immediately noticed that it started to overload my CUP (up to 600% on activity monitor record). It looks like it is done at the point of generating the preview of auto-imported image at my second display.

    Up to LR 4.1 RC1 everything was OK here, now during auto-import the second screen does have a problem with preview rendering (preview is not being generated well - it simply stretches the small preview with bad quality and the CPU gets overload by far at the same time). My iMac got very hot after some 10 minutes or LR 4.1 RC2 work and I had to quit the LR and restart the computer. Prior to going back to RC1 I reproduced the RC2 CPU overload immediately once again after complete shutdown and restart of the system so it was not a single isolated case but rather repeatable. I reverted to 4.1 RC1 and no problem, CPU is not overloaded anymore at the same time previews are generating well on both monitors. I have such a problem with CPU overload for the first time ever - I work with Lightroom everyday since version 1.

    Please try to identify and address this bug in final release, and if necessary I can give more details.

    At the RC1 (LR 4.1) I observed that Canon EOS 5D mark III does not work well in tethered mode directly from LR. It works however via EOS Utility and Auto-Import. But this is probably known as I suppose - please let me know if at the final 4.1 should I expect the 5DIII working in tethered mode via LR only?

    My hardware/Software config at the time of RC2 issue:

    iMac 27 i7 mid 2010 + CinemaDisplay 27, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 with all latest updates, Adobe CS 5.5 + Photoshop 6 public beta, camera working via Auto-Import of Lightroom (Canon WFT E-2 connected to EOS 1DsIII working in FTP mode).

    This RC2 issue surprised me as RC1 used to work very smooth in my case and I was expecting it to become final release very soon :-)

    thanks in advance
    Bartek
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  • I’m happy
    After one full hour with LR4.1 RC2, and developing some shoots,I just find it wonderful, with an amazing speed, especially in develop mode. Display refresh speed is wow ! Even the first time zoom seems to be shorter (beetwen one and two second). And all commands are smooth on my x3 cores Amd.
    The first run was without any problem, CPU at 1% after 5 secondes. 18000 images in the library.
    The new chromatic aberration correction in Lens Corrections is very fine and accurate.

    All is okay. Well done !
    Gilles
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