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Upgrade window - LR3 to LR4

Feb 15, 2012 9:56 AM

This may be too soon in the product development cycle to know for sure, but hopefully there will be some info available.

 

There are some really good prices on LR3 just now. Adobe has it for 50% off, and B&H has a 24 hours sale at $69.95 for LR3 full package.

 

The question is - will one get a free upgrade to LR4 if one purchases LR3 now?

 

Thanks!

 
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    Feb 15, 2012 10:14 AM   in reply to Robert Fielder

    You're right, it's a little early to be asking that question.  Adobe has not announced the price for Lightroom 4.0.  Previous versions have retailed for $299, and upgrades have been $99.00.  But there are new modules in version 4.0, so the price may change.  I "think" that in the past if you purchase Lightroom within 30 days of a new major version Adobe has given a free upgrade.  Beyond that, you have to pay the upgrade price.  If you can purchase Lightroom 3 for about $70.00, and IF the upgrade price remains at $99.00 as in the past, then it would be a good idea to go ahead and purchase now.  But as far as I know the official release date for Lightroom 4 has not been announced.  The beta will expire the end of March, and some are assuming that Lightroom 4 will be released at that time.  But that isn't necessarily the case.  Theoretically, there could be another beta release.  There was last time.  But that doesn't mean anything, and I don't know anything.  If you purchase now it could be a good choice or you might regret doing it.  At this point I think it is a coin toss.

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 1:48 PM   in reply to Robert Fielder

    I don't know if you have used the trial version of Lightroom 3.  If you haven't, you could download and install that and use it until your box arrives.  Then, all you would have to do is enter the serial number included in the box and you would be all set.  If you take the time to install from the disk that you receive you will just have to upgrade to the latest version anyway.  It's the same version as the trial version.  Just a thought for you to consider.

     
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    Feb 25, 2012 11:42 AM   in reply to JimHess

    Hi, I'm trying out LightRoom with the trial version.   I am curious to know how often these costly upgrades come along.  If it's $99 every few years that would not be bad.   But, if it's every year, I'd have to think twice about whether I want to get "hooked."  Thanks in advance.

     
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    Feb 25, 2012 2:11 PM   in reply to Papa Ben 17

    So far the usual release cycle for Lightroom has been roughly every two years.

     

    But as pricing models may change there is no saying how much you would have to spend to get the upgrade or usage rights for the latest version.

     

    Still, tough chance not to get hooked - I am long past this moment ...

     

    For sure the cheapest way for you would be to buy a copy of LR3 now at the very much discounted price and stay content with that, for years, if you wish. Then just never look at a beta version or delta-feature description of the next generation.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:37 PM   in reply to Robert Fielder

    I just purchased LR3 Feb 28th with the 50% discount.  Adobe confirmed with me today that if a product was purchased within 30 days of a release of a newer version ( LR4) that they would honor a free upgrade to LR4.  Contact Adobe customer support and give them your purchase information for a free upgrade from LR3 to LR4 if you purchased withing 30 days of the new release!

     

    Best to all,

     

    Doug Beechwood

     
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  • db0515
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:57 PM   in reply to Robert Fielder

    Try this 800# for adobe support:

    1-800-986-4316

     
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