Adobe, publishers of popular photo editing software Photoshop, have released their Lightroom 4 software on the Mac App Store, priced at $149.99. Lightroom 4 is a comprehensive panel of digital image processing tools that allow experimentation with photographs in a nondestructive environment. The software allows the manipulation of a large number of digital images and is a powerful photo enhancement package.
The new software is priced at $149.99 which is identical to the price that would be charged if purchasing Lightroom 4 directly from Adobe. This is significant move for the company as Apple takes 30% of all sales on the Mac App Store. There is, however, an upgrade available for users of previous versions of Lightroom which is $79 but has to be purchased from Adobe itself.
This certainly isn’t the first time that Adobe have released software on the Mac App Store with apps like Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements and Revel already making an impact.
Sadly, and as has been pointed out before, there are no package deals available on the Mac App Store and, as such, users cannot take advantage of discounts from buying a suite of programs at the same time. This is particularly notable in the context of Lightroom 4 as the software is offered for only $99 when purchased at the same time as Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications, an offer that isn’t available when purchasing from the Mac App Store. Therefore, it’s best to shop around prior to purchase and see where the best deal is.