Adobe Lightroom Classic CC & CC 2018 App Updates

Lightroom Classic CC

Palette's current compatibility with Lightroom CC 2015 & 6 has been extended to the new Lightroom Classic. We are, however, aware of an issue that arises when using Palette with certain Lightroom Classic language versions—see "Known Issues" below.

As one of many major updates corresponding to their MAX conference, Adobe has rebranded their desktop Lightroom app (previously Lightroom CC & 6) to Lightroom Classic CC.

If you're following Adobe's LR rebranding, you may be confused about the differences between Lightroom Classic CC, the new Lightroom CC, and the Lightroom CC you're currently using Palette with.

Here are a few key points:

  • Lightroom Classic CC is the functional successor to Lightroom CC 2015 and Lightroom 6.

  • The Classic nomenclature has been added to distinguish Adobe's latest iteration of their established Lightroom product from the all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC released at MAX 2017.

  • Any Creative Cloud subscribers currently using Lightroom CC 2015.12 are able to update to Classic.

  • Lightroom Classic CC is only available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.

  • Adobe has promised a final update to Lightroom 6 for Nikon D850 support; otherwise, Lightroom will cease to exist as a standalone product in 2018.

Known Issues

Palette's current compatibility with Lightroom CC 2015 & 6 will be extended to the new Lightroom Classic, but you should be aware of some concerns before updating.

LR Classic Language Issue

Certain Develop module functions will not work when using Palette with Lightroom Classic CC in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Palette has been tested to be fully functional with Lightroom Classic CC in the following languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Swedish


Resolutions and Workarounds 

We are in contact with the Adobe team to resolve any localization issues that affect Palette. In the meantime, there are two proposed workarounds:

1. Change Lightroom Classic language to English, German, or Swedish


If you can read one of the above three languages, we highly recommend using Lightroom Classic CC to benefit from Adobe's latest feature additions and performance improvements.

You can change your language in Lightroom Classic by following these steps:

  1. Open the "Preferences" Menu
    • MacOS: Lightroom Classic CC > Preferences or Command+Comma
    • Windows: File > Preferences or Control+Comma
  2. Select English, German, or Swedish from the dropdown at top-centre
  3. Restart Lightroom Classic

2. Use CC 2015 and Classic in Parallel


Lightroom Classic can be installed separately from Lightroom CC 2015 & 6. We recommend continuing to use the CC 2015 version with Palette for the 9 languages with known issues above.

If you have already uninstalled your previous Lightroom version, you can re-install it by the following:

  1. Open the Creative Cloud app
  2. Navigate to Lightroom Classic CC
  3. Select the Dropdown next to "Open" and select "Other Versions"
  4. Select "Lightroom CC 2015"

Fixed: App Detection Issue (MacOS only)

Palette's Automatic Profile Switching feature and any controls mapped using keyboard shortcuts (local adjustment brush size, for example) may not work when using PaletteApp 2.3.1 with Lightroom Classic on MacOS.

This has been fixed in PaletteApp 2.3.2 for MacOS. Navigate to Help > Palette Updates > Check for Updates to install 2.3.2.



CC 2018—Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Others

Palette's current compatibility with Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, and Audition CC 2015-2017 has been extended to the new CC 2018 releases.

See below for notes on past issues that we have fixed, and how to update if you are experiencing these errors.

Fixed: Extension Installation Errors


PaletteApp 2.3.2 and earlier may show an error message (shown above) when creating profiles for Adobe CC 2018 apps.

This has been fixed in PaletteApp 2.3.3. Navigate to Help > Palette Updates > Check for Updates (shown below) to install 2.3.3.


Workaround for Installing Older Adobe Versions

PaletteApp 2.3.3 and later are developed and tested for use with CC 2018, but if you encounter unexpected errors, you may roll back to an earlier version of your CC apps.


Here are the steps in detail:

  1. Close all Adobe CC 2018 apps
  2. Open the Creative Cloud application
  3. Navigate to your list of installed apps; choose any you're hoping to use with Palette
  4. Select the drop-down next to "Open" and choose "Other Versions" (see screenshot above)
  5. Select "[App Name] CC (2015-2017)" (see screenshot below)

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