Lightroom: Make version upgrade seamless, not requiring opening a browser

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It is quite a hassle to be notified by LR that there is a new release, then going into a browser window to find the download link, then finding where the browser did put the archive, then run the upgrade procedure.

Most software nowadays provide seamless upgrade procedures – download and install –, which doesn't require opening a browser and doing it all manually.

Most Mac software use Sparkle: http://cas.im/sparkle



There is also a windows version, WinSparkle: http://cas.im/WinSparkle
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Nicolas Hoizey

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Posted 7 years ago

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FWIW, I've never seen Sparkle.
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Nicolas Hoizey

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You don't "see" Sparkle, because it is seamlessly integrated into other softwares.

Didn't you ever see a software update window like the one in my message?
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I know what you are talking about. I have never seen a window like this.
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Nicolas Hoizey

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I use quite a lot of softwares that use Sparkle, just to name a "few": Adium, Transmission, Cyberduck, Colloquy, Handbrake, Perian, Evernote, NetNewsWire, VidConvert, Pixelmator, Espresso, CoRD, MacFusion, Acorn, SequelPro, ScreenFlow, PhoneView, MarcoPolo, djay, Fraise, gfxCardStatus, etc.

Even when not using Sparkle, most software have such seamless upgrade procedures: Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, Alfred, etc.
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Agreed completely! On Windows, I never cared, but having switched to Mac many years ago, it now bugs me when I have to go to a website to download.
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As an alternative possibility (being that Adobe usually go for cross-platform conventions, and Sparkle isn't commonly used on Windows)... would integrating it into Adobe's usual updater work for you?
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Nicolas Hoizey

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Last time I used Adobe's installer/updater, I wasn't really happy with it, but it may be better than manually downloading in a browser, you're right.
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john beardsworth

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How often do you have to upgrade?
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Nicolas Hoizey

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Every time there is a new release, on multiple computers.
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john beardsworth

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Once every how many months? Two computers for the vast majority of people? I happen to like the way Aperture now updates itself through the Mac app store, but I think development time is better devoted to problems we encounter much more frequently.
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Nicolas Hoizey

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I just say I would like such a feature, I don't say it is more important than other more "photographic" features!