It would be so convenient to be able to have multiple LR Classic windows open at the same time. For example, I'm working on a folder of images I shot last year, but I need to briefly work on some current shots. So I have to leave the first folder and to attend to the new work, but it's an effort to then navigate back to previous group, fine the specific shots, etc. If each group were open at the same time in their own windows (like you can do with Bridge) it would be so much more convenient.
I use the folder color labels to mark “in progress” folders with Green, then 1 star to mark the next shot to be edited. When you want to change just hit G to go to the Grid, click on the folder that you need next (Green), then hit Attribute at the top and search for 1 star, click on the next shot for editing, and hit Attribute again to close the search, BAM! That’s 4 clicks to get to any other folder. PS-the search parameters stay the same, even if you quit the app, so set it once and use continually.
Another issue I run into is when I create a collection. It is very slow and ungainly to switch between working on a set of images in the develop module and then moving to a collection. Every time I create a collection I'm dreading this aspect of the interface. Actually I've always thought the concept of the separate modules in LR was not the best approach, but I suppose we're stuck with forever.
Its easy to create collections so you should explain why you find it so dreadful and maybe someone can offer suggestions. It’s also easy to switch between a couple collections in one Develop module if you would just adjust your workflow to use the organization tools Lr already provides.
If there are better ways of working within LR Classic I'd sure welcome advice. When I'm in develop module working within a folder of images but then want to go to a collection, I will have to scroll on the left side panel and tap on Collections to open that, then scroll down to find the specific collection. When I then want to go back to editing the previous folder in Develop I have to leave Collections, tap on Folders and scroll thru to find the folder again. Very time consuming. If there is a faster way I'd love to know. In Bridge you can have multiple windows and you can get to any one of them immediately with no more than two mouse clicks. That's what I'd love to see with LR Classic.