Is Lightroom’s Map Module Being Discontinued?

Lightroom 6 and Classic users yesterday were reporting receiving a message indicating that the Map module will be discontinued:

Lightroom Classic Map Module Message

This issue has arisen because Google has made a change in their “API call”. However, Lightroom Classic users shouldn’t be getting this message, since Adobe will adjust to Google’s change and the Map module in Lightroom Classic will not be discontinued. Message generation in this case was a mistake – it reportedly has been fixed, but if you’re still seeing it, ignore it.

Lightroom Map ModuleHowever, in Lightroom 6 and CC 2015, the message is not a mistake – Adobe doesn’t fix old versions of software, so the Map module indeed will be discontinued on November 30, 2018.  The Map module will also not work in Lightroom 4 and 5.

Lightroom CC 2015 users: if your system specs meet the requirements, upgrade to Lightroom Classic using the CC app.

Here’s a workaround to seeing GPS coordinates mapped, from Adobe: “To see the location of an image on a map, copy the coordinates from the GPS field in the Metadata panel located at the right in the Map module. Then, search for these coordinates on the Internet.”

Here’s Adobe’s official statement on the discontinuation of the Map module in Lightroom 4-6 and CC 2015.

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