End of Windows support for my Lightroom plugins

UPDATE: OS restrictions were removed from Lightroom 3.5 license, see comment #4 below. Windows support is now back.

Previously, I’ve been under impression that my Lightroom 3 license covers both OS X and Windows platforms. I originally got that idea after reading the Lightroom FAQ, which is a bit vague about the platform issue.

From http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/faq/

Subject to the terms of the software license agreement, the primary user of the computer on which Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is installed may install a second copy of the software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable computer or a computer located at his or her home, provided that the software on the second computer is not used at the same time as the software on the primary computer. Lightroom is sold as multiplatform software, which means it can be installed on either Mac OS X or Windows.

Apparently, this is not the case, as the official license says it more clearly.

From http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/pdfs/photoshoplightroom_3.pdf

2.10 Dual Boot Platform. The Software is licensed for use on a specific operating system platform. You must purchase a separate license for use of the Software on each operating system platform. By way of example, if you desire to install the Software on both the Mac OS and Windows operating system platforms on a device that runs both of those platforms (i.e., a dual boot machine), then you must first obtain two separate licenses for the Software. This is true even if two versions of the Software, each designed for a different operating system platform, are delivered to you on the same media.

As a result of this new information, PLUGINS POSTED ON THIS SITE ARE NOT SUPPORTED ON WINDOWS. Effective immediately, June 7th 2011. From this date onwards, the plugins are only tested on OS X.

Best Regards,

Jarno Heikkinen

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5 Responses to End of Windows support for my Lightroom plugins

  1. David Groen says:

    That’s a pity, I would love to use the software combined with a BCF2000.
    Is it possible to sent me the latest version which still supports Windows?

    • Jarno Heikkinen says:

      The download is still available. The lack of support only means that from now on, I’m not working on Windows anymore, as I can not have two instances of Lightroom installed myself.

  2. Nathan T. says:

    I would love to chip in to buy you a Windows license ! I am sure other people would as well. Let’s make that happen :)

  3. Tom Hogarty says:

    Jarno,
    My apologies but the PDF hosted on Adobe.com is incorrect.(I’ll work to have that PDF updated as soon as possible) The EULA provided during the installation process of Lightroom 3.5 is the most recent End User License Agreement and does not include that clause. Lightroom’s license is cross platform allowing use on either Mac or Windows computers with the same serial number. Lightroom has had that licensing model since Lightroom 1 was introduced in 2007.

    Regards,
    Tom Hogarty
    Lightroom, Camera Raw, DNG Product Manager

    • Jarno Heikkinen says:

      Tom,

      Thanks for taking care of this issue for 3.5 release. I’ll post about Windows support after I have time to actually install Lightroom 3.5 on Windows.

      I know the license was supposed to be multi platform, but when it comes to licensing, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

      Jarno

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