Happy Holidays 2020

Happy Holidays 2020

I don’t know if you are celebrating Christmas, or maybe you celebrated Channuka or other holidays? But whichever celebration you chose, may it be the end of 2020, or the winter solstice, I hope you will have a happy time around your loved ones.

Dyrholaey Lighthouse, Iceland

Looking back at 2020

Time for a tiny bit of a review of the year – and I do not mean world health or world politics; I’ll leave that to people who are better suited doing these kinds of reviews.

Glitches and errors

As every year so far, 2020 made no difference in terms of glitches and errors. Not in general, and neither for my blog. Yea, there have been days when the blog became unavailable, or the announcements of blog posts on social media went missing. Most of these were, thankfully, easy to fix.

Travel pland and restrictions

Of course, at the beginning of 2020, I was hoping to return to Bulgaria for an autumn holiday. As we all know, life happens when you are busy making plans…and so that tour did not come to happen. However, it is only delayed by a year or two.

I had the chance to see my family in October, and even better, take some photographs while doing so. None of them have yet made it to my website, so that is going to happen soon, I hope. I can promise that there is some nice stuff coming up.

With the travel restrictions from 2020, I am still stuck in a little conundrum. There are no blog articles for the journey during which I took the photo from Dyrholaey above. For personal reasons, I don’t want to write the usual stories about it either. So, at some point next fall, I will run out of travel stories to tell. I still don’t know for certain what I will do instead. There might be some shorter articles about the regions that I have seen or other photo-related articles. So yea, 2021 is definitively coming with some surprises. 🙂

Website and blog

My plan of re-organizing my website to make it easier to find photos is still nothing but a plan in my head. So here is some more work for me to do. However, I did make some improvements behind the scenes on the blog. The one that possibly is the most noticeable: I no longer have to manually update the previous two posts with the current one’s preview image once that is published. This now happens automatically as I learned a little bit of JavaScript and used my new knowledge to write some code that allows things to happen on a set date and time.

The blog will continue in 2021, and I certainly hope to gain some speed in writing more articles about using Adobe ® Lightroom. But then, you never know what a year is going to bring, do you? Stay tuned for more surprises.

Adobe ® Lightroom 10.1 update

Yes, then there was that day when Adobe updated Lightroom to version 10.1. Suddenly it started crashing my machine from the Develop Module, all the time. It took me a short while to connect the dots and figure out that it actually was the update that was causing that error. A short internet search later, I found that it is related to the operating system. Apparently, Mac Mojave is too old to be supported by Adobe ® Lightroom 10.1.

There are two options; well, if you want to continue to use Lightroom, I know I want to.

  • Update your Mac to either Catalina or Big Sur. Not all Macs will support this. Maybe you even have software that you cannot execute in either of these.
  • Downgrade your Lightroom installation to 10.1 – and I will explain how to do so here too.

Downgrading Adobe ® Lightroom Classic to a previous version on a Mac

There are several reasons why this might become necessary. You might encounter problems with your computer, if it is an older machine, when running the newest version, or maybe some future release has an error that you’d like to avoid. So let’s have a look into how to downgrade the version.

Notice this before starting the downgrade

As you may have noticed in previous Adobe ® Lightroom releases, a new catalog is generated out of the existing one with every major release. That is when the first digits before the decimal separator change. If you still have your old catalog file and haven’t made any changes since the major release, you can easily downgrade to the last major release. However, if you have made changes or don’t have the catalog file anymore, you will lose these changes or start from scratch again.

For minor releases, where only the last digit behind the digital separator changes, your catalog file stays the same, and you can downgrade without losing your work.

How to downgrade?

The last update of Adobe ® Lightroom Classic was from version 10.0 to version 10.1. So as you notice, this is a minor release allowing me to downgrade without losing my work.

I open the Adobe Creative Cloud App, which I have to search for in the Programs folder of my Mac if I disabled autostart. Somehow the program icon always disappears from the Launcher. So if it is not running on your machine already, you have to use the Search bar in your Finder and enter “Creative Cloud” (without the hyphens). You will get a list of all files that match that name, so if you want to simplify your search, go first to the Programs (or Applications) folder and then use the search. Start the program once you have located it.

You are, either way, presented with a window like the one shown below.

Downgrading step one Adobe ® Creative Cloud App
Adobe ® Creative Cloud App

As you can see, my Creative Cloud App is running in German, however, it will look similar in other languages.

If you do not see a window similar to the one shown above, look at the tabs. Are you in Applications? And if you are, have you chosen Desktop in the selection from All Applications?

Find Lightroom Classic in the list of installed programs, and click on the three dots on the right side next to Open (or as in the figure above “Öffnen”). You will get a selection list with three choices, like the one below.

The selection list opened, to downgrade Adobe ® Lightroom
The selection list opened

The selection list comes with three entries.

  • Learn More (Weitere Informationen)
  • Other Versions (Andere Versionen)
  • Uninstall (Deinstallieren)

We don’t want to remove Adobe ® Lightroom entirely, so the Uninstall is not the option we need here. Neither do we need more information. So click on “Other Versions” (or as in the German edition: “Andere Versionen”).
This opens a third window, which lets you choose with which version you want to replace your current version of Adobe ® Lightroom.

Selectable versions of Adobe ® Lightroom - Downgrading Adobe ® LIghtroom
Selectable versions of Adobe ® Lightroom

The list contains two sections: the currently available version and the older available versions. The version you have installed has the word “Uninstall” (or in German “Deinstallieren”) on the right-hand side. So as you can see, I have already done the downgrade here. The other versions have the word “Install” or here “Installieren” on their right-hand side.

If you are reading this in December 2020, your current version should be Lightroom Classic (10.1). To downgrade to Lightroom Classic (10.0), the previous release, you simply hit the “Install” link next to it. The Creative Cloud App will now take over and replace your 10.1 version with the previous 10.0 version of Adobe ® Lightroom.

Disable automatic updates of Adobe ® Lightroom

If you have automatic updates enabled in the Creative Cloud App, it is a good plan to disable these. Otherwise, you would latest with the next reboot of your computer, trigger the reinstallation of the version you just downgraded from.

So once more in the Creative Cloud app, click on the circular blue icon in the top right corner. You get to see another selection list with your login name first. The second entry, Preferences, is the one you want to click on now.

This opens another pop-up window like the following – though again mine is in German, so expect some entries to have different names.

Preferences in the Adobe ® Creative Cloud App
Preferences in the Adobe ® Creative Cloud App

There is nothing, that we would have to change on this first tab. However, open the second tab, Applications now.

Application Settings in the Adobe ® Creative Cloud App

As you can see, the first setting here reads “automatic updates” (or in German: Automatische Aktualisierung). You need to disable this setting. You will then still get the information that new updates are available for all your Adobe ® Programs. However, they won’t install themselves without your active decision to run the installation.

Once you have disabled the automatic updates, click on the big blue button in the lower right corner reading “Done” (here: Fertig). And you have completed your downgrade to the previous release.

Future Learning Adobe ® Lightroom posts on this blog

As you might have noticed from the above, I have downgraded my version of Adobe ® Lightroom Classic to 10.0. This will in the near future be the version I am basing my posts on until I can upgrade my system in some way. This makes no difference for learning the basics of Adobe ® Lightroom, and possibly none for some of the more advanced stuff either. Maybe it even gives me the chance of catching up. There are a few changes that Adobe made to the Develop Panel, that I haven’t yet been able to cover in my posts.

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I am in no way affiliated with any of the products used in this post-processing process. I do not receive any kind of compensation for this article, it was neither offered or asked for.

THIS BLOG ARTICLE “The Basic Panel of the Develop ModuleX” IS NOT AUTHORIZED, ENDORSED OR SPONSORED BY ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, PUBLISHER OF ADOBE ® LIGHTROOM

All photos taken by Lille Ulven Photography.

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