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Crippled Lightroom on MacBook Pro

Explorer ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Dear Adobe... Why the hell did you cripple older Macs (2+ years old) with the latest "improvements" of Lightroom Classic? Seriously. The new AI features were great while they worked, but I'd trade them in a heartbeat for an upgrade that actually served the needs of all users from those with baseline specs to the most expensive models.

 

Given that I can't upgrade the VRAM without upgrading my computer (not an option when I'm trying to budget for new lenses), does anyone have workarounds to deal with the crash-happy LR12's VRAM issues?

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Community Expert ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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If you wish to roll back to an older version, use the Creative Cloud application, click on the three dots (...) and select “Other Versions”.

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Cool idea, except that the upgrade also upgraded the catalog... and I've done a lot of work since that time. This means I either lose a ton of photos or try to rebuild it. What's your advice then?

 

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Apparently downgrading to 12.0 instead of 12.0.1 might solve the issue for now so worth a try. That should be able to read your current catalog

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My advice is go to the backup catalog or move forward. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Conveniently, the partial step back works... but I see that you're about as useful here as you were on the share button threads.

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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My main Mac Book Pro machine is 5 years old and all the AI features work just fine. What is happening to yours? It should work on a 2 year old machine - whichever one it is - just fine. Can you put the results of Help->System info?

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Interesting. Here's the system info. If I've read the bug reports correctly, there is no solution other than buying a new machine or installing the last version. Screen Shot 2022-11-11 at 5.21.13 PM.png

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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What will it not do and what are the bug reports you are talking about? This machine should work just fine but perhaps not have GPU support for using the GPU for export. Perhaps not super crazy fast but should work. Perhaps I am not aware of an issue.

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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The issue comes up with the latest upgrade (12.0.1) and masking. When I try to mask anything, LR crashes out. It is apparently a bug with the AI masking that occurs whenever a user has less than 2gb of dedicated memory, and whether or not the user is using the subject-mask function. Downgrading to v12.0 seems to solve the problem without sending me back to an obsolete version of my catalog. 

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And can you paste in the result of help->system info?

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Ah is it this problem: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/known-issues.html

"Select People mask crashed on macOS 12 when VRAM is < 2GB."

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https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/select-people-mask-crash.html

And this. Very disappointing that a two year old machine would crash like you describe on the select people mask and that the only solution is getting another machine indeed. Sorry I wasn't aware of this.

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Explorer ,
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No worries. I guess I'm just going to have to sell more pictures to afford a new machine AND lenses. 🤷‍:male_sign:

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