Adobe announced today that the next version of Lightroom, Lightroom 6, will only operate on 64-bit operating systems. This means they are focusing more on performance and features rather than backwards compatibility with older computers or older operating systems. So, if you are currently using Windows Vista, Windows XP or anything prior to Mac OS X 10.8, then you’ll need to upgrade to a newer operating system such as Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or at least Mac OS X 10.8 or above.
If you won’t be upgrading your operating system, then you’ll be able to use Adobe Lightroom 5 into the future.
Here’s the text from their blog post:
Update on OS Support for Next Version of Lightroom
We are hard at work on the next major release of Lightroom, and wanted to share some information on operating system requirements in order to give everyone time to prepare for the release.
In order to leverage the latest operating system features and technologies, Lightroom 6 will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.
If you are on Mac OS X 10.7, or a 32 bit version of Windows, you will continue to be able to install and run Lightroom 5 and use Lightroom mobile. However, you will not be able to install Lightroom 6 until you upgrade to a supported operating system.
If you are currently running Mac OS X 10.7, Apple offers a free upgrade (here) to a more current operating system. For Windows users, Microsoft has a how-to reference (here) to help you determine whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows.
Today’s mail run brought some new toys! I just set up the Macintosh wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse for use with my MacBook Pro and am lovin’ it! For the last few months, I have been using an older Microsoft wireless mouse, but that required use of a USB fob that always took up one of my precious two USB ports on the MacBook. I was always unplugging my mouse to plug in another disk drive or card reader.
Since the Mac Mighty Mouse is connected via bluetooth, it doesn’t use one of my communication ports and life is good. Well, pretty good. So far, I like how simple it is to connect the mouse to the computer. Just click on the bluetooth connections and tell the Mac to connect. Done! What I don’t like is that the Mighty Mouse feels big and clunky compared to my previous Microsoft mouse. In fact, the MS mouse was very comfortable and light weight. It seemed to be just perfect. I guess I need to find another bluetooth mouse that is lighter weight and a bit more ergonomically comfortable.
The other tool I received today was the Mac Wireless Keyboard. Everything about it is perfect as far as I am concerned. Turn it on. Connect. Go. The keys feel perfect and the angle of the keyboard is perfect. It is well designed and simple to use. Good job Apple. I’m impressed.
Both the keyboard and mouse automatically power down when they aren’t in use. Both wake up instantly when you begin using them.
Below, you can see how I have my computer desk setup. MacBook Pro on the left. Eizo CE210W on the right. Mac Wireless Keyboard and Mouse on the pullout tray.