Most of you have been using Adobe Lightroom 3 or earlier. I on the other hand, have been in Aperture. I abandoned the entire Adobe software bloc, I had been using Adobe products since Pagemaker 1. I was by the time CS4 came out, totally tired. Not even a good candy bar could have drug me back in.
HOWEVER, that being said, Adobe had a great deal on LR4 ($149) so I thought I would give it a spin. It took some getting used to, not much mind you, but just a little. Within a week I could not even imagine not using LR4. A slam dunk if I ever saw one. Then ... along came the Creative Cloud ... you know where for a modest subscription fee you can download all or some of Adobe's desktop software FULL VERSIONS ON TO YOUR COMPUTER. It's like Master Suite only way better. Because I had CS% Premium Edition, I got a discount on my first 12 months for Creative Cloud, from $49. a month to $29.95 a month for the first 12 months, of course after that it is $49. a month.
Doing the math seems like a better deal in the long run, given the amount of changes software goes through and the fact that you will never have to buy a new upgrade every 18 months. You have everything Adobe you want, and will ever need, at your fingertips to use as you will for as long as you stay subscribed. This is not a new concept, after all, the online gaming community has used this very same model successfully for many years now. Adobe just go on the Business Side of the Cloud.
NO, this isn't a sales pitch, but a personal recommendation. If you can swing it, get it. You will not be sorry. Even if you don't use everything everyday. But look, suppose, just suppose you have a hankering to do web content, build browsers, make movies on Premiere Pro, everything is there, E V E R Y T H I N G (can't stress this enough). We all have the cameras to take the photos, we all have the computers to to PP, do your self a favor and get all of the tools to do the PP. A full tool box gives up the latitude and time to take photos and get totally creative.
Now to be fair, I always add, Nik Software's plug-ins to a suite as well as Topaz Stars and Adjust. I don't always hit the plug-ins, since new Photoshop CS6 Extended does more crap than you can imagine. But I have my old buddies when I am in a hurry.
You seriously should look into Lightroom 4 (and Photoshop CS6 Extended) at a minimum, just the two together is so freaking cool I can't even explain it.. The Adobe Creative Cloud is a massive chunk of professional creative software that will keep you more than happy and is by far a no brainer deal. It, to me, is worth every penny.
Give Adobe's Creative Cloud a look. LR4 will soon be part of that package BTW, I simply bought it before Cloud came out.