Lightroom 5.6 stops activity when computer sleeps -5.5 did not. Why?

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I am using Mac OS X 10.8.5. With 5.4 Lightroom stopped import/export when my computer slept. This was briefly fixed with 5.5, but now with 5.6 it continues to happen. I know I can workaround by setting my system preferences to never sleep and trying to remember to undo that when I am done with Lightroom, but that surely isn't the best option. Is there anything I can do? It has been suggested that I reinstall 5.5 but I'm not sure how to do that. Thx.
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Unless LR has a preference to say to stop the computer from sleeping when importing or exporting, or to put the computer to sleep after it has finished, I don't think it is a bug that it doesn't keep the computer awake while busy. I would also guess it was a coincidence not a purposeful feature if it somehow worked differently in LR 5.5.

I have my portable computer set to never sleep when it is plugged in, just dim the screen. If I really want it to sleep I press the power button momentarily.
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I recall that Lightroom specifically mentioned fixing this "bug" in 5.5 so I'm going to hope that they take notice and fix it again!
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I don't see anything in the release notes for LR 5.5 about that. Maybe you have a different source?
http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...
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Victoria Bampton wrote this on her blog:

http://www.lightroomqueen.com/whats-n...

"There were some sleep-related changes made in 5.4, and they’ve been improved in 5.5. Lightroom now prevents your computer from sleeping while building previews, publishing, importing, or exporting, so you don’t you don’t wander back to wake it up and find the job half-done."
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Steve - thanks. This is the link I saw that referenced the change. Admittedly this isn't Adobe, but I can swear that with 5.5 for the few weeks I had it I did NOT have to adjust the energy saver/sleep settings on my computer to keep Lightroom activity going in the background. Now with 5.6 I do and I find that frustrating.
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I'm curious -- in your config, is Preferences > Lightroom Mobile > Prevent System Sleep During Sync checked? Ostensibly that should just affect sleeping during syncs with Lightroom Mobile, but it wouldn't be a surprising bug if it also affecting sleeping during other activities.
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I'm not using Lightroom mobile. Do I have to?? To be honest I don't really know what Lightroom Mobile is, but I don't think I have a use for it... Thanks again.
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No, there's no reason for you to use Lightroom Mobile. However, according to Victoria's blog, that option was recently added, and perhaps a bug was introduced when it was added that affects you, even though you don't use Lightroom Mobile. So it won't hurt to verify that it is checked.
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Thanks John. I'm away for a few days, but when I get back to the computer I will give that a try. Hopeful...
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Do you have the Photographer's Bundle PS-CC + LR5-CC or just LR5 standalone?

I could see Adobe either accidentally or on purpose only having the LR5-CC not sleep due to the only preference being about LR Mobile. It may not have started out that way, but if LR Mobile got a preference added and the rest of the sleeping only looks at that preference, then not having LR-CC with LR-Mobile-Sync capability might be a problem.

Of course I think there should be a preference about sleeping regardless whether LR Mobile is involved, but this feature seems new and may still be evolving as is Adobe's thinking on what Creative Cloud means and how to coerce more people into signing up.
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I'm seeing it falling asleep when syncing too. Bugging it.
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I have what might be a related issue. If I send a batch of files to export and leave my computer alone while they run, the process stops at some point and Lightroom locks up and stops responding. I have to quit it using the Force Quit feature in the Activity monitor.

Here are the specs:

Mac Pro running OS X 10.9.5
Lightroom CC

System Preferences> Energy Saver has the computer sleep set to Never and the display sleep set to 3 hrs. The Lightroom mobile preferences are set to prevent sleep when syncing.

This didn't happen at all on the same system with any previous version of Lightroom. I was a beta tester before LR1 came out and have been using every version since then. Now it happens consistently with all exports that are set to run when I leave the computer unattended.

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks.