Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.4.1 available

On March 14th, Adobe released Version 1.4 of Photoshop Lightroom. It turned out that this was a bit too early, as they had to re-call that upgrade just days later in the light of protesting users (the word revolt comes to my mind).

Now they released the improved Version 1.4.1 of the program (please be patient, their download site seems to be seriously overloaded and often unavailable). You can see the official change log at the Lightroom Journal. From looking at the discussions at Adobe’s user-to-user support forum (which is also quite slow to respond) I will think twice before updating to this new version. Headlines like “crashes constantly after update to 1.4.1″ do not provide the confidence that I am looking for. Also that nasty issue with incorrect colors from Canon RAW files is, well, quite nasty.

Adobe put up a link to the public beta of Lightroom Version 2. This is certainly not my cup of tea, but if you have a clean machine that you do not need for your daily production, why not try it? Then again, Adobe’s Tom Hogarty has posted on April 1st (sic!) the list of new features in version 2, and he confirmed in the comments to that post that

like most Adobe products there will be upgrade pricing for Lightroom 2.0 but that has yet to be announced at this point.

Thanks, mate. Maybe it’s just me who does not see the value of those new features. Maybe they will be adding new features to version 2 for the commercial launch. Maybe the update price will be moderate. But I am very certain that I am not going to pay Adobe for that upgrade, not with a list of new features that is so small, and with a buggy 1.x still around. No, I’m not going to be milked by Adobe on Lightroom.

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