The release of firstlyLightroom 4, and more recently Lightroom 5 has given us the outstanding capabilities of Adobes new process version 2012.
The new controls in the Basics Panel offered far better control of tonality and exposure, and the newly revamped Tone Curve Panel provided photographers with the same level of control as Photoshop with the addition of Channel Point Curves as well as the RGB Point Curve and Parametric Point Curve.
PV2012 also offered us even better Input Sharpening and a new, and incredibly accurate Chromatic Aberration reduction facility.
And let's not forget, we now have Print Proofing inside LR4 to provide us with a complete integrated colour managed print workflow, and other new additions and improvements too numerous to mention.
Then came Photoshop CS6/ACR 7......
Everyone's attention seemed to focused on CS6; what was new, was it better than CS5, was it worth the money..?
A couple of rapid upgrades from Adobe then saw us with LR 4.2/ACR 7.2/CS6, or if you like, Photoshop 13.0.1
Despite the fan-fare over CS6, what many didn't realise, including me albeit very briefly, was the importance of ACR 7.2
Lightroom users never seem to pay ACR much attention as prior to PV2012 ACR has never really been an obvious part of the standard Lightroom + Photoshop workflow; ACR under PV2010 or earlier just appeared to feed Lightroom with updated RAW file format support, and offer a little used alternative to RAW processing in LR, although it was never really quite that simple.
But all that is, as they say, NO MORE..!