The newest Mac operating system, macOS 14 Sonoma, goes live today. The big question is, do Lightroom and Lightroom Classic work?
It’s a good question, as the last thing anyone wants is to update their Operating System only to find critical apps either don’t work or don’t work properly.
The short answer is – it’s too early to be sure of all the potential issues. However, some issues are already known and are listed below. As we hear more, we’ll update the list. But at this point, we’d recommend waiting at least for a few days or longer on production machines. It’s not just Lightroom itself (and there are some issues, although these will be fixed), but we’re also awaiting feedback on the compatibility of peripherals. Again, see our notes on these at the end of this post – we’ll update as fixes or new drivers are available.
Update 1 November 2023: with the release of Lightroom Classic 13.0 and Lightroom Desktop 7.0, Adobe now supports Sonoma, and most peripherals and drivers now appear to have been updated too. We’d recommend caution if you’re working to a deadline and also suggest you check driver compatibility for peripherals that you can’t do without, but most people should be fine to update at this point.
Update 12 December 2023: Adobe has issued a warning about this week’s macOS Sonoma 14.2 update. The update breaks an official API that Lightroom Classic uses to access connected devices such as cameras and memory cards. Adobe is working with Apple to find a solution. If you use tethering or connect your camera/phone by USB, you may wish to delay updating. To do so, go to System Settings > General > Software Updates, click the little i button next to Automatic Updates and turn off Install macOS Updates. That’ll prevent it from installing automatically. If you’ve already updated, these are the workarounds: For importing from a memory card reader, select the memory card using the File section of the Import dialog rather than the top Device section. This is usually selected by default anyway, as it’s faster. For importing from a camera/mobile device, copy the images onto disk using Apple’s Image Capture app and then import into LrC, or import into Lightroom mobile and allow them to sync down to LrC. For tethering, use your camera manufacturer’s tether software to drop into a Watched Folder. (Note that Capture One has been affected by the same macOS bug, but Nikon and Canon’s own software appears to be ok.)
This appears to be fixed in the macOS update 14.2.1
- Fixed in 13.0.1 – Lightroom Classic 12.5 or lower versions don’t show the shadow watermark in the correct direction.
- Sony cameras – Sonoma breaks USB connectivity to at least some Sony cameras. This is not a Lightroom bug, but it will affect Lightroom users.
Lightroom Desktop (the cloud-based version)
- No known issues at this time.
Update – Driver is now available.
Currently, there is no updated driver for Wacom products. They recommend holding off on installing Sonoma until this has been developed. Here is their current statement Is there a driver for macOS 14, Sonoma?
Shuttle Pro (Contour Plus)
Updated – Driver is now available.
The Driver page only shows support up to Ventura on their Drivers page, although we understand unofficially it should be compatible.
Other peripherals or software to check
- Lightroom Classic Plugins and External Editors.
- Printer drivers.
- Scanner drivers.
- Backup software compatibility.
We’ll leave the blog comments open for you to share your experiences.
As we gather more feedback, we’ll continue to update this blog.
To disable automatic updates, go to System Preferences > Software Update and uncheck Automatically keep my Mac up to date.
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