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Paul McFarlane

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From the end of the month, Adobe will discontinue downloads. See our Blog with links to download the Installer before it goes (if you're still using Lr6!)
 
Thanks, Paul.

Did we want to put a sticky on this post for the rest of this month?

And I am assuming that this download has all the necessary components for an install of 6.14 from scratch?

--Ken
 
Hi Ken

It's already set to Sticky, and yes, the download is a complete one for the last version Adobe did (6.14).
 
The clock is ticking....

Thanks for the post, Paul.
 
Hi Ken

It's already set to Sticky, and yes, the download is a complete one for the last version Adobe did (6.14).
I saw the thread from the New Posts link so I missed the sticky pin icon.

Thanks,

--Ken
 
I seen this question a few times out there. Even if you have it and can install it will you be able to activate it?
 
From what I have read, I understand that 'help' with Activations and de-activations will also cease, but I do not know what "help" infers. Perhaps similar to the situation with creative suite activations for CS1-CS4 (these versions are 'Dead'. Activation servers have been shut down.)
 
I seen this question a few times out there. Even if you have it and can install it will you be able to activate it?
That is the question. Right now, if both activations have been used up, activating requires sending Carissa a PM via forum thread. That said, I hear she's only getting a couple of requests a month now, so it's probably a moot point.
 
What's the best way to back up if they shut down the servers for LR 6 1.4 & PS CS6 in case Adobe starts to get crazy with increase subscription pricing.

1) Clone your Drive and keep it on the shelf
or
2) Back up execute file ( If they shut down the server, I dont think this will work )


Would this be the best approach, or is there other options?
 
What's the best way to back up if they shut down the servers for LR 6 1.4 & PS CS6 in case Adobe starts to get crazy with increase subscription pricing.

1) Clone your Drive and keep it on the shelf
or
2) Back up execute file ( If they shut down the server, I dont think this will work )


Would this be the best approach, or is there other options?
Welcome to the forum. At some point in the future, you do need to realize that older legacy versions of LR will simply not work on machines running current operating systems. You cannot currently install legacy LR on machines running Apple's newer OS as the installer is not supported. And they will probably not run on on Windows machines when Win 11 or its replacement gets a major update.

If you are really that averse to using the current version and/or do not like using subscription software, it may be easier for you to start developing a migration strategy out of the Adobe/LR ecosystem now. But do note that many of the LR competitors are moving, or have moved, to subscription models as well, so your choices will be limited.

--Ken
 
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What's the best way to back up if they shut down the servers for LR 6 1.4 & PS CS6 in case Adobe starts to get crazy with increase subscription pricing.

1) Clone your Drive and keep it on the shelf
or
2) Back up execute file ( If they shut down the server, I dont think this will work )


Would this be the best approach, or is there other options?our
I don't know about anyone else but by LrC 8 I knew I could never go back to LR6. Not just that but having to convert RAW files to DNG. That will never happen. I'd use a different modern developer if I had to drop Adobe.
 
Welcome to the forum. At some point in the future, you do need to realize that older legacy versions of LR will simply not work on machines running current operating systems. You cannot currently install legacy LR on machines running Apple's newer OS as the installer is not supported. And they will probably not run on on Windows machines when Win 11 or its replacement gets a major update.

If you are really that averse to using the current version and/or do not like using subscription software, it may be easier for you to start developing a migration strategy out of the Adobe/LR ecosystem now. But do note that many of the LR competitors are moving, or have moved, to subscription models as well, so your choices will be limited.

--Ken
Thank you for the warm welcome Ken, I read on the net that many said they are using the legacy adobe app on windows 11. With regards to migrating that was my question, what would be the best approach.. Clone your drive that has Lr6 1.4 & PS Cs6 on it and keep it on the shelf, as its a working active app, because if you have the download execute file, and the server is taken down or execute file blocked , the execute file will be of no help.

Any other options to achieve that goal.
 
I think sticking with LR6 is wrong thinking . WordPerfect was almong the first Word Processors . It revolutionized the document industry and replaces whole departments of word processing staff. It ran on DOS. And everything it accomplished can be accomplished in Microsoft Word. So, why is there this clamor to hang on to the vestiges of an ancient DAM tool? Who uses DOS still? Why aren't there legions of people clinging to their ancient floppy disks and IBM PCs?

Microsoft replaced DOS and they probably will replace Windows. Then what? I can see Adobe moving in a direction to discontinue personal Computer apps all together. Personal Computing is moving away from a machine chained to a desktop to mobile computing. Lightroom on my iPadPro can do most of the things most people use the desktop app for. Apple has a chip that shows up in iPads and Macs. What is to say that MacOS and iPadOS won't merge at some point and companies like Adobe will only need to develop one app to run on both.
I still drive an ICE but I can see the day when ICEs won't be available and fuel to run them won't be available either. What happens to all of the vintage automobiles. Do they get parked in some museum? There are museums dedicated to displaying Apple IIs and it's Operating Systems and IBM PCs running DOS.
 
Thank you for the warm welcome Ken, I read on the net that many said they are using the legacy adobe app on windows 11. With regards to migrating that was my question, what would be the best approach.. Clone your drive that has Lr6 1.4 & PS Cs6 on it and keep it on the shelf, as its a working active app, because if you have the download execute file, and the server is taken down or execute file blocked , the execute file will be of no help.

Any other options to achieve that goal.
My apologies if it sounded as though LR6 is not currently supported on Win11. It is, but there is no guarantee how long that will last, and that was why I referenced the Mac OS issue as an example. My advice is to install and activate it ASAP given the upcoming deadlines discussed above. And I cannot answer if a drive clone would work the same, but at this point it is not a bad possible option, but I cannot guarantee it will work. I still think that you may want to think long-term on what is the best solution for you. Finding that LR6 suddenly breaks one day and is not repairable is not a good situation to try and resolve on the spot.

--Ken
 
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I think sticking with LR6 is wrong thinking . WordPerfect was almong the first Word Processors . It revolutionized the document industry and replaces whole departments of word processing staff. It ran on DOS.
Clee,

Lots to unpack in your post.
And in the DOS days WordPerfect was revolutionary due to the number of different printers it supported. Windows obviated that advantage.

I go back to the days of DOS (and CP/M and System/360 JCL but no way in heck would I use any of those systems today. If I couldn't use Wiindows, I'd get a Mac. I've had to use Linux (Linux Subsystem for Windows recent for some software that doesn't run on Windows, and I absolutely hate it, even those I used UNIX back in the 1980s and 1990s.

And everything it accomplished can be accomplished in Microsoft Word. So, why is there this clamor to hang on to the vestiges of an ancient DAM tool?
My assumption/hope/misguided belief is that there is a modern DAM tool.

Who uses DOS still? Why aren't there legions of people clinging to their ancient floppy disks and IBM PCs?
I live not far from the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. if I want to see floppy disks, I'll go there.
Microsoft replaced DOS and they probably will replace Windows.

Not replace it as in a "forklift" upgrade, but a migration path.
Then what? I can see Adobe moving in a direction to discontinue personal Computer apps all together.
Perhaps when my grandchildren are out of college. (They are 2 1/2 and 4 now.) Businesses are very conservative in their computer use, and Adobe still has business-oriented products.
Personal Computing is moving away from a machine chained to a desktop to mobile computing.\

Laptop, yes. Tablet or phone, I have to disagree emphatically. The user interface paradigms are too different.
Lightroom on my iPadPro can do most of the things most people use the desktop app for. Apple has a chip that shows up in iPads and Macs.
Irrelevant to the PC vs tablet issue.

What is to say that MacOS and iPadOS won't merge at some point and companies like Adobe will only need to develop one app to run on both.

Why not. If Microsoft Phone had been successful you might have seen an OS that would run anywhere. Look here if interested: https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-microsoft-windows-everywhere-ad-crosses-product-boundaries/
I still drive an ICE but I can see the day when ICEs won't be available and fuel to run them won't be available either. What happens to all of the vintage automobiles.

The "automobile history" museum.
Do they get parked in some museum? There are museums dedicated to displaying Apple IIs and it's Operating Systems and IBM PCs running DOS.
 
My apologies if it sounded as though LR^ is not currently supported on Win11. It is, but there is no guarantee how long that will last, and that was why I referenced the Mac OS issue as an example. My advice is to install and activate it ASAP given the upcoming deadlines discussed above. And I cannot answer if a drive clone would work the same, but at this point it is not a bad possible option, but I cannot guarantee it will work. I still think that you may want to think long-term on what is the best solution for you. Finding that LR6 suddenly breaks one day and is not repairable is not a good situation to try and resolve on the spot.

--Ken
Thanks again Ken, for LR6 & PS Cs6 you dont have to be on line, to use it. It's an active application that runs on the present drive to be cloned. So from a logic stand point, keeping a clone copy or drive it self should work.. I will test it. . Thus my original question, if anyone else had been down that rabbit hole as well, or if there was a better option.

Thanks again !!
 
Thanks again Ken, for LR6 & PS Cs6 you dont have to be on line, to use it. It's an active application that runs on the present drive to be cloned. So from a logic stand point, keeping a clone copy or drive it self should work.. I will test it. . Thus my original question, if anyone else had been down that rabbit hole as well, or if there was a better option.

Thanks again !!
I jumped from LR5.7 to Classic, bypassing LR6.14, but if I recall, I thought that LR6.x was the first version where the program "phoned home" to Adobe to do a license check. I could be wrong, but I thought that was the case.

--Ken
 
I jumped from LR5.7 to Classic, bypassing LR6.14, but if I recall, I thought that LR6.x was the first version where the program "phoned home" to Adobe to do a license check. I could be wrong, but I thought that was the case.

--Ken
I have the same memory. IIRC there has been a lot of speculation as to whether LR6 will even validate once Adobe drops all support.
 
I jumped from LR5.7 to Classic, bypassing LR6.14, but if I recall, I thought that LR6.x was the first version where the program "phoned home" to Adobe to do a license check. I could be wrong, but I thought that was the case.

--Ken
Correct.

Assuming App Manager can still obtain an auto update, the photorumors.com work around below may still get things sorted out for LR 6.14 to install and work properly.

https://photorumors.com/2021/12/12/how-to-install-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-6-on-macos-10-14-6/

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I jumped from LR5.7 to Classic, bypassing LR6.14, but if I recall, I thought that LR6.x was the first version where the program "phoned home" to Adobe to do a license check. I could be wrong, but I thought that was the case.

--Ken
Yes, you are correct Ken, but I went through that when I first loaded the app long ago, now both apps are alive and working on computer, so if I save my drive or clone it, it will remain active to use again
 
Yes, you are correct Ken, but I went through that when I first loaded the app long ago, now both apps are alive and working on computer, so if I save my drive or clone it, it will remain active to use again
Again, I skipped version 6, but I thought that the activation checked in with Adobe every so often. The only way you are going to know for sure is to see what happens, but as I said above, you may want to have a Plan B in place if/when LR 6.14 no longer works.

--Ken
 
Again, I skipped version 6, but I thought that the activation checked in with Adobe every so often. The only way you are going to know for sure is to see what happens, but as I said above, you may want to have a Plan B in place if/when LR 6.14 no longer works.

--Ken
Confirmed, thanks for the dialogue Ken !!
 
Hi, following up this oldish thread. Been using LR 6 contentedly since 2016. I just bought a replacement travel laptop and wanted to migrate my LR 6 from my old W10 Surface 3 tablet (yes, it runs LR 6 ok). I don't need or want to migrate to a later version, especially anything that expects a good internet link, and a money drip. I already kept the last download file (see last remark). And I have the serial no. It is all properly logged with Adobe, as is the desktop's install (ie 2). But...

Assuming I can install LR 6 on the new device, will it be able to go live? I read bad things about activation servers... (I see the photorumours thing above, but don't see any Adobe Application Manager on my desktop, which has more Adobe on it than the travel device has/will.

I would expect to have to deactivate LR 6 on the old Surface, before it can activate on the new device. But will this succeed? Will I just end up breaking the old device, without success on the new?

I notice that my Adobe account no longer even shows my LR 6.

The new device is W10, with free upgrade to W11. If all the above is ok, should I install LR 6 before or after upgrading to W11?

Are Adobe support still helpful? They were in the past, when I had two successive desktops with LR installed suffer catastrophic disc failure, locking in each activation.
 
Best you can do is try it and see @gideon_reade. I wouldn’t expect it to affect the old machine, but we’re in time travel zone now.
 
The problem with "just try it" is I may lose it on the old device, to no benefit at all! I was hoping someone might have trodden the path before, and warn me off, or beckon me on.

I have also realised that this device has no need to access any of our existing LR catalogues, so if we were to break away from LR, this new machine is the machine to do it on. I say travel machine, it's intended as a long old travel, we may not see the desktop or our old photos & catalogues for years.
 
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