Adobe Lightroom 6 will require a 64-bit OS

Adobe announced that the upcoming Lightroom 6 will require a 64-bit OS in order to work:

"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."

Here is a recap of what to expect in LR6:

  • Adobe Lightroom 6 is rumored to be released in March 2015 (the beta version will be launched earlier)
  • Lightroom 6 may have the same content aware technology introduced in CS6 and CC
  • There is a possibility that Adobe may switch Lightroom also to a monthly subscription plane and include the tablet version in the pricing, similar to CC.
  • Adobe Lightroom 6 is rumored to run 70% faster than the previous version
  • Improved user interface


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  • Kynikos

    >>Improved user interface improved<<

    I know that's a typo.
    But it REALLY reads like Adobespeak to me!

    • it’s a typo 🙂

    • itsmyname

      I thought all the Perfect people were gone.

  • aaronbrethorst

    > There is a possibility that Adobe may switch Lightroom also to a monthly subscription plane and include the tablet version in the pricing, similar to CC.

    Lots of people, myself included, are already paying a monthly subscription fee for Lightroom.

    • But there are also many people which do not need PS, and with strange Adobe price policy in EU it will became overpriced for many. if they switch it to CC I am seriously thinking about switching to different SW. Luckily I did not convert my raws to DNG:-)

      • outkasted

        I’m loving Capture One over here! Try downloading Capture One and its free 60 day trial.

        • Yes, Capture One and Aftershot are on my list.

    • I think the point here is that LR6 could be available only with monthly subscription, just like CC.

      • Stephen Roberts

        They have promised in the past that Lightroom will not go subscription only but who knows with Adobe. If they go this route I guess I will have to look into one of the others. I refuse to rent software when the day I decide not to pay I lose everything.

    • outkasted

      This subscription stuff will push more of the masses to bootleg software. I already have a hard time paying my bills…lol

  • I haven’t had problems with LR/CC speeds, even with my D800 files, but a 70% increase in speed would be very welcome.

    • johnny

      That’s a marketing hype. It doesn’t say which part is increased 70%, could be the splash screen.

  • Antonio

    “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”.

    This part of Adobe’s text seems to suggest LR may continue to be a program user can buy, otherwise Adobe should indicate a change in the terms of use as for sure their decision is already taken at this point in time.

    For people subscribing CC it will make no difference as they already have that kind of access and Adobe will not make money out of them unless they increase the fees.

    But time will tell…

  • Sebastien

    I hope it will be announced at the CP+ show, at least with a beta version.

  • John

    what’s an Adobe?

    • jstevez

      A greedy company that no longer cares about amateurs photographers.

      • Sebastien

        euhh really? at less than 150$ for a software that take care of the entire development process, what do you need more?

        But I hope adobe will keep the purchase option, even if I pay for the subscription.

  • Ceasar Sharper

    In order to process my D800 images, I’ve had a Intel 7i, quad core, with 16 GB RAM and TB data storage. I understand that others unfortunately may not be ready for the transition to LR 6.

  • saywhatuwill

    That’s actually good that they’re forcing a 64-bit OS because everyone that has a lot of memory on their machine will be able to use it all. A 32-bit machine is limited to about 4GB of RAM. In order to use more than that you need a 64-bit OS.

  • reductron

    I do hope they’ll have more multi-threading in processing as many features as possible.

  • Marcelo Tezza

    Well, it was time to improve, because even with a top computer overclocked to 4.4 ghz this lightroom runs slowly, mostly because it doesnt make real use of the available cores and gpu acceleration, hoping some kind of optimization for ssds too.

  • cppguy16

    I’m not surprised. Why would you want to support a decade-old system? Optimizing for modern software and hardware is far more important.

  • Dom

    “Adobe Lightroom 6 is rumored to run 70% faster than the previous version”

    With every Lightroom, they say this and so far, after LR3, everything has gone down the hill with performance. LR4 was slower and don’t make me say bad things about LR5…Adobe should for Christ sake do the GPU support and create a better algorithm. Current form of LR5 is unacceptable slow and “it was XX% faster than LR4″…

  • johnny

    After all, in short, there is no 32 bit version anymore.

    • Chaitanya

      That means for Adobe some cost savings as they will be developing only 64 bit version. In current day scenario dropping a 32bit software and developing only a 64bit version makes sense.

      • johnny

        It’s predictable. In 32bit windows, each process can only consume 1.5G memory which is clearly not enough for high mp cameras.

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