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What To Do When Adobe Lightroom 6 Randomly Crashes

When your tenuous photo management process hits a wall, because your software gets glitchy, sometimes an obvious solution actually works. Let’s begin…

I’ll be honest… digital photo management has been a challenge for me since my 7-year-old son was born. I’m the kind of parent who takes way too many family photos and then struggles to organize them, quickly share the best ones and eventually create photo books.
(Sound familiar?)

But I’m trying.

The truth is you’ve just got to put in the time, have an organized plan, and use photo management software that’s right for you.

I switched to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 from Apple’s Aperture a couple years back after Apple retired Aperture and launched the Photos app.

I wanted software that was more powerful than Photos, and Lightroom has indeed proven itself to be a rock star.

At the time, I made the choice to buy a standalone Lightroom 6 license for $149, instead of Lightroom CC, which requires you to pay into a $10/month Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem.

I figured my one-time DVD purchase would be more economical than the pay-as-you-go model, as long as I used Lightroom for more than 15 months. That was the plan, and I’ve already passed the two year mark. So, yay Barrett.

But I know it’s just a matter of time until I’ll be joining Adobe’s Creative Cloud. It will eventually become unavoidable. For now though, I’ve been enjoying my Lightroom 6.

Until something went very wrong…

Random Crash Alert!
A few weeks back, my Lightroom began randomly crashing. It happened mostly when I wasn’t actually working with it. Lightroom would be open in the background, and then ‘pop,’ it would suddenly disappear. My iMac rushed to create a report to send to both Apple and Adobe, but I didn’t expect any engineers to be calling anytime soon.

I ignored the problem for a while. (Silly me.) But then, it began happening when I was actively using the program. And finally, it crashed while I was importing photos.

So, it was clearly time to do some troubleshooting…

The only recent change to my iMac’s ecosystem was an update to my iMac’s OS High Sierra. (And you know, that seemed to be about the time my troubles began.)

I did some Googling and ran across an insanely obvious question…
Was I running the most up-to-date version of Lightroom 6?



Well, actually… No.
I hadn’t been receiving any notices about updates.
(I’m so used to Apple’s incessant reminders to update my software.)

So, no… I haven’t (ever) updated Lightroom 6.
(Maybe I did right after I installed it.)

Please don’t expel me from the Island of Misfit Toys.

All right…. So guess what I decided to do?

How to Update Adobe Lightroom
If you too are trying to figure this out, you’ll find your Lightroom software updates in the Adobe Application Manager program.
And here’s how to get there…

Go to the ‘Help’ drop down and click on ‘Updates…’
The Adobe Application Manager will open, and this is what you will see…







If you’ve got an update waiting, it’s time to take the blue pill.
From here, it’s straight forward!

Always Backup First
Updating Lightroom is a painless process, although it’s always good to do a backup before you update any important software.

For me, I simply ran Time Machine on my external G-Drive. And I also saved a backup Lightroom catalog file to the G-Drive.
(The catalog houses all the work you do to your photos.)

And guess what? Now that I’m running Lightroom 6.14… everything is…
Just… fine… again.

Updating Lightroom did the trick.

Software Conundrum
I know my report ultimately falls under the category of “DUH!”

But can you tell me you’ve never dragged your feet on doing software updates, because you feared unexpected glitches and compatibility issues?

Well, if you wait long enough and do nothing, that’s clearly a problem too.
(And I’m not even talking about security patches.)

Choose your poison.

Lightroom stability: Restored!


Like It or Not, You Need the Photos App to Share Your Pics

Adobe’s Lightroom is great… Until you realize it can’t do everything for you. Apple still holds the keys to using your shared photo albums in your iCloud account. If you don’t want to leave those behind, you’re going to need a Lightroom workaround to get your pics back into Apple’s Photos app…

Adobe’s Lightroom is great… Until you realize it can’t do everything for you. Apple still holds the keys to using your shared photo albums in your iCloud account. If you don’t want to leave those behind, you’re going to need a Lightroom workaround to get your pics back into Apple’s Photos app…

I was free! Free of Aperture, Apple’s expired photo-editing software. Last week, I successfully moved from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6. I passed on upgrading to Apple’s newer Photos app for OS X, because it isn’t as powerful as its predecessor. I felt I had no choice but to jump ship and go over to the enemy.

Lot’s of folks love Lightroom. Plus, I knew I was joining an established and healthy photo-management ecosystem.

It was a brand new day, and I looked for the sunrise…
But it never came. I had left the Apple universe, and the benefits it provides.

Suddenly, I realized…
How was I going to share my photos with my family and friends?
Holy frak…!

No More iCloud Shared Albums?
Sure, I was newly empowered to edit and manage my family photos using Adobe’s advanced and robust Lightroom.
(Though I’m still trying to figure out how to export my edited photo ‘versions’ out of Aperture with their creation dates intact)

But I quickly realized my photo-sharing process had been cut off. Adobe software doesn’t have access to iCloud where I used to effortlessly create my shared photo albums for the rest of my iPhone-carrying community. All that took was a simple drag and drop in Aperture.
(Remember, I’m currently choosing not to use Apple’s Photos app, which of course would easily do the trick.)

Sure, Lightroom can share photos directly with Facebook and Flickr. But I really didn’t want to pain my peeps to visit a new place to view my pics. That could get complicated for some, and I’d lose them…

iCloud sharing was already so simple…

Deep down, I always knew I’d be punished for using a product that was better than Apple’s. Punished for my lack of faith…

Apple, please take me back!
I know there’s got to be a way to find the path back to my iCloud account…

And in fact… there is.
But there’s a catch.
It’s going to take an extra ‘few’ steps.

How to Move Your Lightroom Photos into iCloud’s Shared Albums
Here’s the strategy for the workaround…

You’ve just got to export your photos from Lightroom to a place where one of your Apple devices can open and save them via the Photos iOS app. Once ingested into Photos, you can then immediately add your pics to your shared albums.

Because I’ve left behind my old iPhoto and Aperture programs, and since I’m not using the Photos app on my iMac, I can’t do any of this using my Mac. Instead, I need to export my Lightroom pics to my iPhone or iPad. And then they can take my photos to the finish line!

There are several ways to do that…

The easiest path for your photos to travel from an iMac to an iPhone/iPad is via AirDrop.

Alternately, you can export your photos from Lightroom to a different cloud account that your iPhone/iPad can also connect to. Then, you would save the photos and quickly add them to your photo streams.

For example, let’s use Dropbox:

  • Export your photos from Lightroom to your Dropbox folder on your Mac
  • Open your Dropbox app in your iPhone/iPad to see the photos
  • Save the photos to your iPhone/iPad
    (Which brings them back into the Apple ecosystem)
  • Open the Photos app on your iPhone/iPad and tap the share icon
  • Tap iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Choose your “Shared Album”
  • Tap “Post”

Let Me Count the Ways
Okay… so that takes eight steps to accomplish what used to take two.
Not exactly quick and easy.

That’s why it’s called a workaround.
…But it gets the job done.

And it’s somewhat ironic that as much as I’m shunning Photos for OSX, the iOS version is absolutely essentially to continue using my Apple shared albums.

There’s also some collateral damage… you ending up storing these shared photos locally on your iPhone/iPad as a result of the process. Sure, you can delete these pics later to free up some storage, but that takes even more steps!

I suppose the silver lining is you’ve got a complete local backup of some of your best photos to use if you don’t have cloud connectivity on your iPhone/iPad.

That isn’t so bad… is it?

It would be a whole lot easier if Adobe and Apple played better together.

One can dream…

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