Apple’s first ARM-based Mac processor was a hit. While Apple has tried to use Rosetta 2 to minimize compatibility issues with legacy applications that were not built for the M1 chip, the transition from x86 is inevitably difficult. The developers are hard at work on releasing updates that bring native ARM support – in particular, Adobe has released the promised Lightroom CC 4.1.
Adobe is actively working on porting Creative Cloud applications to new Macs, and last month the company announced a beta of Photoshop for Apple’s new chips. Now she has released the final assembly of Lightroom Classic 4.1 for Apple’s ARM chips.
Previous versions of Lightroom also worked on Macs with an M1 chip, but they had to run through Apple’s Rosetta 2 software layer, which translated x86 commands to ARM. This inevitably came with overhead. In addition, Adobe itself warns that the operation of its applications in the Rosetta 2 emulation mode on Apple devices with Apple Silicon M1 processors is not officially supported. So the launch of the version of the software with native support for ARM is welcome.
Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor is free to download, but you have to pay for a monthly subscription after the trial period ends after a week. Adobe also provides 1TB of cloud storage as part of this subscription.
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