Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 can now process raw images from a slew of new cameras – including the Olympus PEN E-PL2 – thanks to new Lightroom 3.4 and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 6.4 release candidates. A few bugs have been squashed in the process too.
I’ve been working on a full review of the Olympus PEN E-PL2, but have been hampered by the inability of my favorite software, Adobe Lightroom 3, to process the raw .orf files generated by this camera. Not anymore!
A release candidate is an unofficial update – sometimes called a beta version. It’s not quite finished, so there may be some reliability issues or minor changes made before it’s announced as an official release.
So, if you’re concerned about reliability, you’ll probably want to wait until Adobe announces the release of the official update. But if you need access to its new features, get it today.
Download the software
The Adobe Labs website is the place to go for the latest release candidate software updates. That’s where you’ll also find complete installation instructions and a list of new features and newly supported cameras.
Click a link below to visit the appropriate Adobe Labs page:
- Adobe Lightroom 3.4 release candidate
- Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 6.4 for Photoshop CS5
- Adobe Digital Negative Converter 6.4
Adobe Lightroom 3.4 Improvements
According to Adobe, Lightroom 3.4 adds raw processing capability for several new camera models as well as other improvements. Here’s the rundown.
New Cameras Supported
- Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5)
- Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3 / Kiss X50)
- Hasselblad H4D-40
- Olympus E-PL1s
- Olympus E-PL2
- Olympus XZ-1
- Samsung NX11
New Lens Profile Support
Lightroom 3.4 supports 13 new camera lens profiles for automatically correcting lens distortion including some from Canon, Sigma, Leica, Nikon and Tamron.
Lightroom 3.4 has fixed a number of issues. A few of the more interesting fixes include:
- Publish collections did not work properly if the sort order is set to descending. (“Z to A”).
- Interlacing artifacts, and a slight magenta cast in the deepest shadows could have appeared on some high-contrast edges of Canon mRaw files.
- A magenta color cast could have appeared on Nikon D7000 images if the multi-exposure feature was used with raw capture.
- Folder creation caused an expanded folder hierarchy to close unexpectedly in the Library Module.
For the full scoop, visit Adobe Labs.
Installing the Lightroom 3.4 Release Candidate
On its website, Adobe warns that installing Lightroom 3.4 will overwrite the existing Lightroom 3.3 installation, so that Lightroom 3.3 is no longer available.
In my case, this turned out not to be true. On my computer running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, I’m able to use both – not simultaneously, though.
Since your results may differ, I’d suggest you back up your Lightroom catalog before installing Lightroom 3.4.
Upgrade to Lightroom 3
If you’re still using Lightroom 1 or 2, it’s time to upgrade. If you’re in a hurry, visit Adobe’s website and download Lightroom 3 today.
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