Now Available! Adobe Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Fix Bugs and Add Camera Support.

by Alan Haynes / PhotoCitizen on April 28, 2011

Adobe has just released the official version 3.4 update for Lightroom and version 6.4 of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for Photoshop. Time to upgrade!

Bug fixes and new camera support in Adobe Lightroom 3.4 and ACR 6.4 for PhotoshopIf you’re using Adobe Lightroom 3 or Adobe Photoshop CS5, the new upgrades are free. For those of us using the release-candidate (beta) versions of these products, the upgrade is especially important: we can make our software “official” again.

The upgrades include a long list of fixes and support for new cameras and lenses. You can read all about it – in Adobe’s nearly incomprehensible writing style – on their official Lightroom Journal site.

Lightroom 3.4: Bug Fixes

Adobe lists 27 bug fixes, many of which are obscure and not very well explained. I’ve organized them below and tried to make them a bit easier to read.

Lightroom Publish Services

If you use Lightroom’s Publish Services, many of the fixes in Lighroom 3.4 are aimed at you:

  • Video files were allowed to be added to a SmugMug publish collection not capable of supporting video uploads.
  • In a Flickr publish collection an error would occur when attempting to republish an image marked as “Hide from Public areas.”
  • Images rotated once in a publish collection could have displayed inconsistent rotations between the grid view and the filmstrip (Windows only).
  • The SmugMug Smart Publish Collection dialog on a 1024×768 display could have closed without warning and prevented access to the main Lightroom window
  • In some instances, photos labeled as “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” in a Publish Collection would fail to be re-categorized as “Published” after a successful publish operation.
  • Virtual Copies added to a Publish to Hard Drive collection could fail to export properly if the original image had already been published
  • Multiple Facebook publishing errors have been corrected in Lightroom 3.4
  • Publish collections did not work properly if the sort order is set to descending (Z to A).

Camera-Specific Bugs Squashed

  • Interlacing artifacts, and a slight magenta cast in the deepest shadows could have appeared on some high-contrast edges of Canon mRaw files.
  • Video files captured by an Apple iPhone and imported into Lightroom showed the incorrect capture date of December 31, 1903.
  • A magenta color cast could have appeared on Nikon D7000 or Pentax K-5 images if the multi-exposure feature was used with raw capture.

Lightroom User Interface Fixes

  • The up and down arrow keys did not work properly when trying to adjust a point tone curve with the Targeted Adjustment Tool.
  • Mouse movements when a secondary window had been enabled would cause unnecessary processor activity.
  • Keyword completion was broken when spaces were included.
  • Cropped images could have momentarily appeared without a crop while moving from image to image in the Develop module.
  • Image counts were not updating properly when nested collection sets were separated.
  • If image files were located on an unavailable network volume, it might have taken several minutes for Lightroom to properly display the thumbnails in the grid view (Windows only).
  • Using the up/down arrow keys or the mouse wheel to adjust a parameter while the graduated filter is activated caused increments of plus or minus 100 instead of 1.
  • An image at zoom level “1:2″ may have momentarily blurred when the mouse is released from a slider (Windows only).
  • Folder creation caused an expanded folder hierarchy to close unexpectedly in the Library Module.
  • Updating the metadata of a file by selecting the update button in the Metadata panel would fail to update the metadata.
  • Color Noise reduction values were not properly saved in presets.
  • Not all appropriate metadata fields were excluded when choosing the Minimize Embedded Metadata export option.

Other Improvements

  • Updates have been made to Lightroom 3.4 to comply with Metadata Working Group standards.
  • A Japanese language file name is not properly preserved when uploading images to SmugMug.
  • The Lightroom Plug-in Manager may not have displayed correctly when operating Lightroom with the French language selected.

New Camera and Lens Support in Lightroom 3.4

Lightroom 3.4 now supports raw files from 13 new cameras including the Nikon D5100, Olympus E-PL2 and XZ-1 and others.

New lens profiles (for automatically correcting distortion) are now available for 30 new lenses, 18 of which are from Pentax. New Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lenses for Canon and Nikon are included along with the Tamron 18-270mm for Canon.

If you work in a studio and like to send your images directly from the camera to your computer, three new cameras have had tethered support added: the Nikon D7000, Canon EOS 60D and Canon Digital Rebel T2i (aka, EOS 550D).

See the entire list at at Adobe’s Lightroom Journal site.

Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 6.4 Fixes

The list of Camera Raw fixes is much shorter, so here’s the whole enchilada:

  • Camera Raw did not allow write-back capability for the EXIF GPS properties.
  • The DNG File format did not support XMP Media Management.
  • A JPEG file with a specific characteristic was found to have a pink cast.
  • The undo command (Command+z) was failing to undo crop adjustments.
  • Single images marked for deletion were not moved to the trash.
  • A magenta color cast could have appeared on Nikon D7000 or Pentax K-5 images if the multi-exposure feature was used with raw capture.
  • Applying Sigma 10-20mm Lens Profile to Nikon D7000 raw files could have produced dark or black corners.
  • Some EXIF fields of Panasonic raw files appeared to be blank in Bridge Metadata panel.
  • Applying the exposure adjustment brush to a high ISO image could have caused excessive noise reduction correction to the entire image.

Upgrade Time

Still using older versions of Lightroom or Photoshop? Now is a good time to upgrade and join the modern world.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is light-years ahead of the older versions. And upgrades are cheap! Get it NOW! Upgrade to Lightroom 3 directly from Adobe for only $99.

Or, order the boxed version from one of these PhotoCitizen-recommended online retailers for about $95. Click the links to check current prices:

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If you’re still using Photoshop CS4 (or earlier), here’s a link to Adobe’s website to download the upgrade right now.

Or, if you don’t mind waiting a few days, you can save a few bucks by upgrading to Photoshop CS5 through these links:

Adorama (Windows) Adorama (Mac)
Amazon (Windows) Amazon (Mac)

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Conclusion

For most of us, these upgrades will be automatic: open Lightroom and you’ll be notified of the new upgrade. If you have the Adobe Updater running in the background on your computer, you’ll get something similar regarding Photoshop CS5.

If neither of these things happen for you, download the upgrades manually by visiting Adobe’s Product Updates page.

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