Software Updates Status

I know, I know.  That little red circle telling you there is an update to your software is SCREAMING at you.  You have to press the button and update.  Trust me, I get it.

However, if you are a photographer who 100% relies upon your computer and your software for your business to function - a photographer who simply can't have any bumps in the road - resist that urge.  Let us "settlers" who will push that button as soon as Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft provide updates take those arrows (if there are any) .

I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking that you have updated your software as soon as updates are available and have NEVER had a problem.  You are lucky and you didn't even know it.  Software is so complicated these days and the testing the software companies is doing frequently ends up not being enough. 

I hear from photographers almost every single day who tell me that they have heard me share this advice and thought it wouldn't happen to them and then share very sad stories about how an update killed their productivity and made them miss expectations with clients. 

I don't want that to be you.  Below is information where I maintain my recommendation on when photographers should update their software.  My educated opinion comes from my own testing, testing from other "settlers", and watching the support forums.  When an update seems to be having very few issues and is ready for general use it gets my Photo Taco "🌮Seal of Approval🌮". 


Legend

Status

Definition

Skip

Don't install this release, install the newer update that fixes the issues of this one.

Wait

Based on my own testing, the testing of others I follow, and/or what I am seeing the support forums the release is not ready for general use and photographers would be wise to hold out.  EVERY new update gets this status for at least 2 weeks following a release.

Caution

Looks pretty clear in general but photographers who simply CANNOT AFFORD any downtime should hold off.

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

Good to go!  Doesn't mean you are guaranteed to not have problems, that simply can never happen, but it should be pretty safe for every photography to update.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Last Updated: 11/18/2020

Version

Release Date

Status

October 2020

SKIP*

August 2020

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

June 2020

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

April 2020

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

February 2020

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

December 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮*

November 2019

Skip

September 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

*The catalog is upgraded with this version so you can't go back to the previous version unless you want to restore your catalog and lose any work done under the new version.

NOTE: The 10.0 release is one of the buggiest releases I have seen since I have been watching this closely.  The issues are worst on Mac, though PC has a lot of them too.  Problems with ratings, using the arrows to navigate, syncing collections, exposure adjustments changing just to name a few.  Checkout this sampling of issues in the Adobe forums.

Adobe Photoshop

Last Updated: 11/18/2020

Version

Release Date

Status

November 2020

Wait

October 2020

Skip

August 2020

Caution*

July 2020

Caution

June 2020

Caution

May 2020

Caution

April 2020

SKIP

March 2020

Skip

February 2020

Skip

2020 (21.0.3)

January 2020

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

2020 (21.0.2)

December 2019

Caution

2020 (21.0.1)

November 2019

Skip

CC 2019 (20.0.7)

October 2018

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

*21.2.2 is very close to earning the Seal of Approval, just watching a few more bugs in the Adobe forums

Apple macOS

Last Updated: 11/18/2020

Version

Release Date

Status

November 2020

Wait*

September 2020

Caution*

August 2020

Caution*

May 2020

Caution*

March 2020

Skip

January 2020

SKIP

Catalina (10.15.2)

December 2019

SKIP

Catalina (10.15.1)

October 2019

SKIP

Mojave (10.14.6)

September 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

*You will want to check all of the creative software and drivers for your peripherals to make sure the manufacturer has provided Catalina supported updates.  If you use Time Machine you do not want to install Catalina yet as there are wide spread reports of problems with Time Machine and Catalina.  Also be cautious on this update if you shoot tethered.  Most have said 10.15.3 has fixed the tethering for them but this has been a big issue with Catalina.  10.15.4 has had numerous reports of issues with external drives and crashing and there is no mention of a fix addressing this problem in 10.15.5,  10.15.6, 10.15.7.

Big Sur Note: Not only is this release far too new to be recommended, Adobe has has said they have only tested the 2021 version of Creative Cloud apps for Big Sur (Lightroom Classic v10 and Photoshop v22), which you can see above I cannot recommend.  If you are using previous version of LrC and/or Ps Adobe recommends waiting to upgrade to Big Sur.  Drobo has also had issues where their devices don't work when connected via Thunderbolt with Big Sur.  Work around is to use USB until a fix is released.

Microsoft Windows

Last Updated: 11/01/2020

Version

Release Date

Status

October 2020

Caution

May 2020

Skip

November 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮*

10 (1903)

May 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

10 (1809)

March 2019

🌮Seal of Approval🌮

*Many are reporting an issue with sound no longer working after applying 1909.

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