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« on: August 14, 2009, 10:45:39 AM »
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"I tweeted this information yesterday but it deserves a broader announcement here on the blog. The next full version update of Lightroom will not run on PowerPC-based Mac computers. Lightroom 2 updates will continue to support PowerPC.

The Creative Suite made the same announcement yesterday via their FAQ and John Nack added his color commentary as well."

Posted by Tom Hogarty at 12:39 PM

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:-)

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the "next major version" is currently within a 6 month window.

:-)

Cheers....

Todd in "thunderbirds flying all over the city for the airshow" Chicago

EDIT:  Showed that this quote came from the Lightroom Journal blog
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009, 10:52:33 AM »
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I admit I had to swallow hard when I read that post.

But on the other hand - I recently retired my PowerMac G4 2x1.42Ghz / 2GB for a brandnew Mac Pro, and the difference is night and day in terms of how LR responds.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 11:15:03 AM »
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So now I have a reason to replace my dual G5!  Oh, wait.... in this economy.  Hmmmm.  No so fast.  Is it broke?  Nope.  Still works.  I'll put the money towards a new lens.  (Sorry, I'm a bit cranky as I'm just getting a little tired of the constant upgrade coaster ride).
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 02:20:44 PM »
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With the release of Snow Leopard (Intel only) next month, one cannot be surprised that Adobe and other companies drop development for PPC Macs. While dual G5 Macs are good computers, new new MacPros are a definite improvement and futur features in Lightroom or Photoshop will undoubtedly require more CPU power than what G5s can offer.

R.I.P. PowerPC  
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2009, 03:42:31 PM »
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Damn, what am I going to do with that 68030 box? I'll miss OS7...  
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2009, 11:30:02 PM »
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Damn, what am I going to do with that 68030 box? I'll miss OS7...

I've got my mother's Kaypro in my cellar. How are you at CP/M? (with the famously informative "BDOS Err on B:" message).
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2009, 10:14:38 PM »
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Hmmmm.....I wonder if the "next major version" is currently within a 6 month window.

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If history is a guide, the "next major version" will be released as a public beta within 1 month of the "next major version" of Aperture being released, and will then be GM 4-5 months later  
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2009, 02:42:58 PM »
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LOL.....I guess we need to keep an eye on Aperture then!!  ;-)

Cheers...

Todd in Chicago

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If history is a guide, the "next major version" will be released as a public beta within 1 month of the "next major version" of Aperture being released, and will then be GM 4-5 months later  
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2009, 07:23:45 PM »
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@ Peter Ferling: I hear ya loud and clear as I'm in a similar boat, unfortunately.

I had a feeling when I pulled the trigger on a gently used Dual G5 earlier this year the end was near, but I didn't think it would be this close.

That said, being able to upgrade from an aging G4 Powerbook (which Apple no longer supports, BTW) to the 2.3 Dual G5, for only $800, plus $100 to max out with 16GB of RAM, put me in a lot better place financially than had I dropped 3x as much on an entry-level MacPro with it's standard configuration.

Hopefully, I can continue to use this machine for at least another 1-2 years until it the economy improves (hopefully soon).  Barring catastrophic hardware failure, I should be able to use this as a dedicated scanning workstation for years to come (*knocks on wood*).
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2009, 03:16:50 AM »
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Hopefully, I can continue to use this machine for at least another 1-2 years until it the economy improves (hopefully soon).  Barring catastrophic hardware failure, I should be able to use this as a dedicated scanning workstation for years to come (*knocks on wood*).

You may well HAVE to use it as a dedicated scanning workstation....  What do you reckon the odds on scanner drivers and software being updated for Snow Leopard ?
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2009, 06:45:51 AM »
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You may well HAVE to use it as a dedicated scanning workstation....  What do you reckon the odds on scanner drivers and software being updated for Snow Leopard ?

I'd reckon they're pretty good, actually.  Lasersoft (Silverfast) has continued to work with companies like Nikon who all but abandoned their users to bring new features and functionality to the Coolscans, not to mention they work closely with Epson and Canon (and used to with Microtek) to ensure their products work with as many scanners as possible.  Same with Hamrick (Vuescan).

The only setback I recall in recent history was a delay in adding 64-bit support for Windows Vista; they (Lasersoft) resolved that issue in a matter of a couple months.

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009, 07:41:13 AM »
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I don't think Snow Leopard will run on non-Intel hardware.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 08:10:13 AM »
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Quote from: tomrock
I don't think Snow Leopard will run on non-Intel hardware.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html
Correct, Snow Leopard is Intel only.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 10:17:52 AM »
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If you love Lightroom you have to use an Intel Mac anyway. The PowerPC's are just too slow. If they weren't I'd have kept all of the one's I had. No idea of the upgrade plans for drivers for printers though, that should be a fun topic to watch.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2009, 10:54:13 AM »
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Quote from: neil snape
If you love Lightroom you have to use an Intel Mac anyway. The PowerPC's are just too slow. If they weren't I'd have kept all of the one's I had. No idea of the upgrade plans for drivers for printers though, that should be a fun topic to watch.
It's true that Lightroom shines on Intel-powered Macs but late dual G5s can still be fast enough (vs MacBooks). Heavy users of Lightroom should look into MacPros… no question!

With today's release of Snow Leopard, the plug-ins/drivers thing will indeed be interesting!
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