Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Lightroom 4 soon?

It’s been a while now since Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 3. One year and five months, to be precise. So it isn’t unreasonable to start wondering if we’ll see version 4 soon.

Now Adobe aren’t likely to tell us in advance what’s coming and when, but since we’ve had three previous releases we can extrapolate from those release dates and guess when we’ll see Lightroom 4 and the beta that is likely to proceed it.

From this graphic on Wikipedia, we get the following dates:

Release Date
Lightroom beta 1 January 2006
Lightroom 1 February 2007
Lightroom 2 beta April 2008
Lightroom 2 July 2008
Lightroom 3 beta October 2009
Lightroom 3 June 2010

The main releases are 17 and 23 months apart. The betas have proceeded their respective final releases with quite varied amounts of time. 13, 3 and 8 months.

Since Lightroom 3 was released in June 2010, and we haven’t yet seen the beta of version 4, Lightroom 4 final probably won’t be out until late spring 2012.

Lightroom 4 beta on the other hand should, with a bit of luck, show up some time between now and the new year. At the very latest I would expect the beta in January or February.

What do you think about my guess work?

Who knows what Lightroom 4 will bring in the way of features. Here’s what I would like to see.

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