Keeping your software up to date usually means getting the best performance. Companies add new features to help users as well as maintenance fixes to keep up with security issues and changes in the operating system.

Sometimes Software Companies Screw Up

Recently, the Adobe Lightroom team got into a bit of a tough spot. They released an update that majorly changed the functionality of the import window. It also contained a lot of bugs.

This all went down when I was leading a photography workshop in Cozumel. I wanted the update but knew the WiFi connection we had would make it almost impossible. I waited until we came back home.

I read fellow Photofocus author Brian Matiashs article Adobe releases Lightroom 6.2.1 Maintenance Patch + An Authors Rant. I thought twice about updating until I realized, what’s the big deal. I have my Lightroom catalogs backed up and I have my current version of Lightroom. If something goes wrong, I will just uninstall Lightroom and reinstall my current version and wait for a fix. No down time.

Adobe Admits their Mistake

Is Lightroom Stable?

I installed the new Windows version of Lightroom on my high-end desktop and an older, less powerful laptop; no problems at all. Speed and reliability is great. On the flip side, some of my Mac friends are reporting major issues with their updated version of Lightroom. So, what should you do?

If you are a professional and you make your living using Lightroom and you can’t afford downtime, you can either wait until Adobe works out the bugs or you can install the update after hours. When you decide to install the update, make sure you save a copy of your Lightroom catalog to a new folder and download a previous version. Adobe has great Instructions on how to roll back to a prior update version including links on where to find previous versions for Mac and Windows.

Bottom line, if you find major bugs in any software, it’s best to bring it to the company’s attention. Companies are not in the business to upset their client base. They will be happy you took the time to give constructive criticism.

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