Adobe endorses Mac App Store with Lightroom release; first Adobe app offered on Apple’s store for Macs

Adobe Lightroom on Apple's Mac App Store
Adobe Lightroom on Apple’s Mac App Store

Stephen Shankland for CNET:

The Mac App Store has received significant criticism, but Apple’s efforts to improve it apparently have paid off, as Adobe started using the store to sell its Lightroom software for the first time on Thursday. The photo-editing and cataloging software, geared for photo enthusiasts and pros who want something richer than Google Photos or Apple Photos, costs the same as outside the Mac App Store: $10 per month, including the software and 1TB of online storage.

“With the redesign of the Mac App Store, it was the perfect time to set this in motion and make Lightroom the first Adobe app to be available on the MAS,” Sharad Mangalick, Lightroom principal product manager, said in a statement… Plenty of software is available through the Mac App Store, though, which can be familiar to iPhone users, bring buyers some assurances that software can be trusted, and offer sellers benefits when it comes to software discovery, distribution and payments.

One app that isn’t available through the Mac App Store, though, is Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, a version with a longer lineage and a richer feature set. For now at least, the newer Lightroom, until recently called Lightroom CC, is the only option.

MacDailyNews Take: Little by little, Apple’s Mac App Store is growing up!

Apple’s all-new Mac App Store makes it easy to find just the right app. Click the “Discover” tab to find in-depth stories about the best Mac apps. Or click “Create” to find inspiring apps to help you with filmmaking, photo editing, or graphic design. The Mac App Store can also save you time by having the apps you purchase download automatically to your other Macs (where you’re signed in using the same Apple ID).


  1. The Mac App Store is still mostly a wasteland. Most developers shun it because of the limited ways they can interact with the Mac. I get that Apple is trying to close out programming methods that can result in malware, but it limits the usefulness of many apps, that otherwise could do a lot more.

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