Around March, Adobe released its Photoshop Lightroom 4 application that featured adjustment controls for maximizing dynamic range from cameras, new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast and additional local adjustment controls. This included noise reduction, moiré and white balance. In addition to that, users also got a new ‘Book’ module to create what is called ‘photobooks’, a ‘Map’ module for displaying images that have been assigned to a particular location, location tagging, reverse geo-tagging and more. Ever since it made its way out to the public, it has been many users’ go-to application for editing and organizing. Now, it has made its way to Apple’s Mac App Store for $149 which is the same as the regular download from Adobe. The thing here is, the regular download comes with a license that can be used with either a Mac or a PC so you will be paying the same amount of money but will only be able to use the application on your Mac.
Reportedly, another setback to purchasing the application directly from the App Store is that you might not be eligible for upgrade pricing. This means that if Lightroom 5 is released in the future, you might have to pay full price for that and every update after. Of course for now there is still no information as to whether Lightroom 4 from the Mac App Store will receive the same upgrade discounts as the direct sale from Adobe does; so this is just something to think about before making your purchase. On top of that, is another minor concern which is where the application will be subject to Apple’s screening process like all the applications in its stores. This might result in updates rolling out a little slower and given the fast-pace of current times, that is a huge no-no. That said however, the fact that the application is now in the Mac App Store does make it more convenient and you can legitimately share the same copy across all your Macs. If you want to either check it out or make the $149 purchase, just click here.
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