It doesn’t seem that long since the beta was released, but it was nearly two months ago. Apparently this was long enough for tweaking, twiddling and fine-tuning, because the real, actual, final product is now available. The full price is now $149, previously $299, and upgrades from any previous version are a quite reasonable $79, previously $99. Well, that’s what they’re saying, but the shopping cart on Adobe’s site seemed to disagree:
Going in a second time sorted out the price thing, as it allowed me to specify that I own Lightroom 3, but then offered some fresh confusion. The site had already greeted me by name, so I assumed it knew who I was and where I am. But no. When I added the software to my cart and tried to log in, it pretty much told me to go away, as my Adobe ID was registered in the UK. Now a sensible site might have redirected me to the UK version, or indeed not actually have had a separate one at all. But Adobe required me to find the carefully hidden “select your country” link, which was lurking at the bottom of the page. Hint: making this a more prominent selector at the top would make more sense when you’re selling things, guys…
Anyway, the upgrade price for a download, including 23% Irish VAT turned out to be £60.57. As is traditional with Adobe, it would have been marginally cheaper to have the shiny round thing sent to me, but that would have been silly.
Anyway, bought it, and I’ll be installing and playing.
 That’s where they’re supplying from, allegedly. It’s some legal requirement or other
 Difference put down to taxes. Silly. Should reduce the price of the download…
Loads of useful stuff at the NAPP Lightroom 4 launch center.