Adobe’s Adobe Labs has gotten more use lately than ever before, with the release of Photoshop CS6 beta garnering nearly half a million downloads alone. Now, the software giant has today announced Lightroom 4.1, which is a release candidate (aka, just about ready for everyone).

128px Lightroom.svg  Adobe releases Lightroom 4.1 release candidate on Adobe LabsLike everything in Adobe Labs, Lightroom 4.1 is available for testing for a limited time. Adobe has managed to control the amount of time these beta licenses are active, so don’t expect to get an unlimited access to nearly release-ready software. That said, the Labs program is really pushing Adobe’s developers to become much more collaborative, which is certainly a good thing.

New in this release includes a number of bug fixes from Lightroom 4, as well as new camera support for the Canon EOS 5D Mk III. Here’s a list of each fix, via the Lightroom Journal:

  • Point Curve adjustments made in Lightroom 3 and before have been restored.
  • Lightroom 4 did not properly open external applications when using the “Edit In” functionality.
  • Addressed performance issues in Lightroom 4, particularly when loading GPS track logs, using a secondary monitor, and the controls within the Develop module.
  • Ability to update DNG previews and metadata for more than 100 photos has been restored.
  • This update allows for improved viewing of subfolders and stacks in folders with a large number of photos.
  • It was possible that a layout of a saved book could be lost after quitting Lightroom 4.

A huge aspect of these tests is user feedback, so if you’re interested in getting involved or have complaints to voice, check out Adobe’s feedback portal. That’s right angry users considering Aperture: Now’s your time to gripe.

➤  Lightroom 4.1, release candidate

While you’re at it, you might also want to check out TNW’s list of 5 amazing things you can do with Photoshop CS6 beta!