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The dialog says it all.

I downloaded Lightroom 4 Beta after receiving an announcement email from Adobe. I sat on it for a week before reading a tweet from Petapixel, who was in turn quoting Scott Kelby.

Mr. Kelby thinks that Lightroom 4 Beta is the bee's knees. He raves about how my photos will look better processed in Lightroom 4. "Period."

With that kind of ringing endorsement I installed the beta and fired it up, thinking of how much better my photos were going to be. Period.

But then I was bluntly informed by Lightroom 4 Beta that my Lightroom 3 catalogs couldn't be opened by Lightroom 4 Beta. Period. So, unless I want to run with two versions in parallel, I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait and continue to turn out less than stellar photographs with Lightroom 3.6 until they release a version of Lightroom 4 that can read my old and busted LR 3 catalogs.

Too bad. So sad.


  1. I have mixed feelings about this one.

    I've been using Lightroom since the third beta of the original version. I liked it from the beginning, and have bought every commercial release.

    I didn't bother with the betas for v2 or v3; since I knew I'd be upgrading anyway, why litter my hard drive with different files and bother with features that might not be carried forward?

    But this time it's different. They've taken my 'brightness' control away.

    I'm willing to give it a try – when the commercial release is ready, but before I'll commit to paying for it – but I'm going to look around and see what else is out there as well. Maybe I'll stay with LR3, maybe I'll move to LR4, but this time Adobe isn't the automatic choice.

  2. I downloaded LR4b, haven't played with it much, despite creating several test catalogs. But I have to agree that it does a fantastic job with images, I'm sold anyway.

    @Matthew: the "brightness" control is now the "Whites" control in LR4 -- it does pretty much the same exactly thing, but is now named more literally than in past versions. :-)


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