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Monday, February 25, 2013, 06:11 pm PT (09:11 pm ET)

New release candidates for Adobe's Lightroom and Camera Raw bring bug fixes, added camera support

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of the Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidates, with each update providing expanded support for new cameras as well as fixes for reported bugs.

The company notes that the release candidates made available today, while not polished products ready for automatic update status, are well tested but "would benefit from additional community testing" before distribution.

Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate



Adobe's Lightroom 4.4 RC comes over two months after version 4.3 was issued as a final release in December.

Bug fixes:
  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel
  • Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module
  • The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information
  • Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)
  • Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
  • The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.
  • Auto-tone was not working properly when used in conjunction with the Exposure adjustment slider. (Windows only)
  • The Black&White button was not creating a History state within the Develop module. (Win only)
  • RGB color readouts were specified in the Adobe RGB colorspace rather than the ProPhoto linear colorspace. This occurred when working in Soft Proofing within the Develop module.
  • Adding a page behaved inconsistently in the Book module depending on the method used to add a page.
  • The state of the “Remove Chromatic Aberrations” checkbox within the Lens Correction was not persistent between sessions of Lightroom.

New camera support for Lightroom 4.4
  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1


Release Notes
Lightroom 4.4 RC includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20


Camera RAW 7.4


Adobe's Camera Raw 7.4 RC comes with DNG Converter 7.4 and brings support for a number of new model cameras including the Leica M, Nikon 1 series and Canon's EOS 1D C. New lens profiles and various bug fixes are also part of the release.

Camera support:
  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

Lens profile support:
Lens Profile Support


Bug fixes:
  • The grayscale visualization associated with Noise Reduction Luminance was visible after mouse release. This occurred when positive Clarity was present.
  • The command/control + A “select all” keyboard shortcut did not select all photos.
  • Modifying the brush size using the Right-click + Drag method did not increase or decrease the brush size by the desired amount.
  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel.
  • Hovering the mouse over a local adjustment pin would turn off the desired mask.
  • Horizontal artifacts occasionally appeared in DNG files.Improved interactive performance at intermediate zoom levels (e.g., 33% and 66%).

Release notes:
Camera Raw 7.4 RC includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

Feedback for the release candidates can be submitted through Adobe's Feedback Portal. Lightroom 4 is available for $149 for new users, or $79 for those upgrading from a previous version.