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Adobe Lightroom 3.4 RC now available at Adobe Labs (get Lightroom for free)

It's always a pleasure when Adobe posts something to their Labs page for users to try, but it's even better when it's a release-candidate for one of their best pieces of software. Today it's version 3.4 RC of Lightroom, which is code for a completely free copy of the latest Adobe Lightroom.

The RC, which is available at Adobe Labs right now, is mainly a giant bug-fix for the still-young Lightroom 3.3 -- but it also adds RAW support for a handful of newer cameras, along with profiles for several new Leica, Nikon and Canon lenses as well. So, if it's new features that you're hoping for, this isn't going to blow your mind or anything.

On the other hand, if you're one of the many folks out there who would love to have one of the nicest RAW-processing image-development apps on the market, but don't have $299 USD lying around to buy it, then this is your day! Downloading the RC is as easy -- and free -- as downloading a Flash beta.

EDIT: As some of you pointed out, it turns out the RC may not technically be free for ever. Vague wording on the details page says that the RC will expire at the end of May. That could mean that it will stop working, or that the download will vanish, but I've used several previous RCs for Lightroom that never stopped working -- which in retrospect could have been attributable to a mixture of my loaded hosts file and Little Snitch.

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