updated 02:00 am EDT, Thu May 10, 2012
Price is identical to boxed version
Two months after its official debut, Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom 4 pro-level photo managing and editing software has come to the Mac App Store. The program is priced identically to the boxed version, but is aimed at new users (since owners of previous versions of Lightroom can upgrade to 4.0 for $79 through Adobe). The program competes with Apple's own Aperture, which costs $80.
There appear to be no differences between the MAS version of Lightroom and the boxed version other than the difference in where users will get upgrades. Adobe already sells several other programs on the Mac App Store, such as Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10, along with the subscription-based Revel photo gallery creator, but Lightroom is the first of Adobe's pro-level applications to be brought to the Mac App Store.
Its appearance raises the possibility that Adobe will eventually offer at least parts of its professional Creative Suite software on the store, though Adobe has not officially said anything on the matter. Users who buy the company's just-released CS 6 bundles can add Lightroom for $99.