Adobe Lightroom Release Candidate 3.4 Cleared For Download – Save $299, Maybe

imageIn the past, running beta and release candidate software could be challenging. But, I’ve noticed in the last year or two, that beta, and more particularly release candidate software, can often be as stable as the final release. It may well be, that Microsoft raised the bar for both beta, and release candidates, with reasonably flawless releases of Windows 7 in both these formats.

Adobe, well known for its very expensive, though admittedly highly sophisticated applications (with high production costs), has just cleared release candidate 3.4 of its Photoshop Lightroom 3, for download.

Adobe’s definition of a release candidate

A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Lightroom 3.4 update includes support for many new cameras and lens profiles.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lightroom, try this description I came across not too long ago – “For the uninitiated, Lightroom is Photoshop’s specialized sibling; where Photoshop is an imaging Swiss Army Knife, Lightroom is a steak knife for photographers.”

A little confused? I must admit – so was I. So, try this definition from Adobe –

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software unites your digital photography essentials in one fast and intuitive package. Create something beautiful. Express your vision. Move your audience.

Lightroom gets you there with the tools you need to create great images, manage all your photographs, and showcase them with style and impact.

If you’re a high level photographer, or you have aspirations in that direction, you might consider downloading this release candidate. There’s no guarantee that this is a perfectly flawless application, but if it’s relatively so, you just might save yourself $299 USD.

Personally, I’ve taken advantage of this offer and plan to test drive Photoshop Lightroom 3.4 in the coming weeks.

System requirements:

Windows –  XP with Service Pack 3, Vista (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), 2GB of RAM, 1,024×768 display

Mac OS – OS X v10.5 or v10.6, 2GB of RAM, 1,024×768 display

Languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish.

Check it out at: The product page.

Download at: Adobe Labs

As with all beta, or release candidates, take sensible precautions prior to installation. This should include setting a new restore point.

Note: The application installed with no difficulty on my test system.

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13 responses to “Adobe Lightroom Release Candidate 3.4 Cleared For Download – Save $299, Maybe

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  2. David

    Thanks for the tip-off on this one Bill.

  3. Great tip Bill, I’ve used Lightroom 2 for years and its a great application.

  4. g

    Great find Bill! I downloaded yesterday and fixed up one of my prize photos. The program is amazing.

    • Hey G,

      Very cool! You’re a real techie, so that’s a great reco.

      I’ve installed it, but I haven’t had a chance to take it for a run yet. Looking forward to it.



  5. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Catching up on emails after a few days south of the (Scottish) border. One reason for the trip was my younger daughter’s 40th birthday (I was only 12 when she was born!).

    I’ve always resisted Photoshop as being overpriced and, following my recent run-in with Corel, I’ve been using It’s ok but not intuitive enough for my purposes. This RC of Lightroom is an ideal opportunity to take Photoshop for a spin without being gouged.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Visiting the land of the Sassenach were you? I was the same age as you when my son came along – he’ll be 35 this year. 🙂 BTW, the average age of a typical reader here is 45/55, so we’re in good company.

      The last time I kicked out cash for Photoshop was version 7 – back in the Jurassic. I’ve installed Lightroom but I still haven’t had time to play with it. Be good to hear your views on it once you’ve had a chance to take it for a spin.



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