I’m about done Lightroom is simply unusable.

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Anyone else here totally hacked off with Lightroom or just me?
I’ve endured years of slowdowns movie files that no longer import and other issues.
My machine is getting old but is pretty high spec and I have no issues retouching large image composites in Photoshop or editing in Premiere or After effects.
Adobe have been contacted 6-7 times this year and it’s simply now unusable.
I’ve downloaded Capture One to demo to see if this will replace LR for processing and to manage my 400k image archive.
Anyone else made the jump?
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Simon Plant

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Ariel Pablo Klein

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I have 100k image of personal archive and isnt already unusable... but I feel that Im going onto that way.... :(
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Bill

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Played with Capture One and my conclusion: they've got to be kidding. Clumsy, missing key features and, while I don't care about video, Capture One only supports Cinema DNG. Maybe there is a tool to convert all your video files to this format. 
 
Not sure what you consider "pretty high spec" but I've no problems with a 6-core Xeon and 64GB of RAM. If Photoshop and Premiere After Effects are running fine then you have some other problem. Perhaps a corrupted catalog but it is not a general Lightroom issue. 
 
IMHO anyone using Lightroom for video is just asking for problems. Adobe has a couple of very good choices for video editing and for free, DaVinci Resolve can't be beat. As any carpenter will tell you, use the right tool for the job. A wrench is not a drill and Lightroom is not a video editor. 
 
Were it up to me, all video functions would be deleted from Lightroom. Let's not turn it into a feature mess like Photoshop. 
 
Side issue: the only alternative to Lightroom that I've found to be a true competitor is DxO. As I primarily shoot Fuji with the X-Trans sensor, that becomes a very difficult choice. Plus the improvements to Lightroom over the past 4-5 years have made them essentially equivalent except for camera sensor/processing and even here, the differences are now minor. 
  
 
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How is DxO working for you? Going to check out this alternative. Was seriously contemplating Capture One, but am considering DxO after reading what you said about it.
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I've got 300K+ of photos but I still can't help but wonder "Why am I still seing this?!?" when loading a 6000X4000 JPG AFTER I already built/stored the "Previews" on a SSD that holds all of the catalog/previews.  Why am I still leasing this database software for $120/year with performance such as this despite all the promises they make but never follow up on with new updates?  I've about reached the breaking point.
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David Rye

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After I logged on to here to make my comment from five minutes ago, and had to change my password YET again while online for my Adobe ID, when I tried to boot my version of LR back up, this is what I got.  I know the antagonistic attitude on running software in the background to verify my authenticity of my stuff I pay for every month is bad, but the sheer negative attitude to your customers is a no winner in rough economic times.  Consider such before popping up too many problems, dialogs for such, and making me change my password yet again Adobe.  Multitasking is what the software should do to be usable.  Not ME.
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Bill

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This performance is not normal, something probably wrong with your configuration. On a reasonably high end system, say an i7 with 32GB and a modest graphics card, the only remaining slow process is the Noise Reduction slider. I just opened a 18,954 x 14,706 mp in the Library Module in <2 seconds, opened in the Develop Module also in under 2 seconds. Zoomed to 2:1 instantly. This is not a Lightroom issue. 
 
If you'd like further assistance, provide the following information:

  • computer 
  • OS
  • processor
  • RAM 
  • drive configuration 
  • video card 
Regarding your password issue, perhaps you're running Lightroom on more than 2 machines. The standard license supports 2 machines but they don't make it easy to move between more than 2. Example, I had a machine failure after running Lightroom on 2 different machines. Bought a laptop, installed Lightroom and the system thought I was trying to run Lightroom on 3 machines. Called and got it fixed. Replaced that laptop with another and had to go through this again. 

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I suspect Adobe are struggling with very old core code in Lightroom and ideally would do a total rewrite. They have managed to keep on top of things in general however provided you use a decent spec machine.

As an ex support person many years ago, I can say that the majority of issues were user-led and not inherent in the software. Sorry to say this but logically if a vast majority of users have no issues why do you?

There are so many variables in each user's setup that it is easy for something 'silly' to cause problems, but those are not Adobe's problems are they?

I find it ironic I am defending Adobe as in the past I have ranted publicly about the awful Flash (RIP) and the arrogance of its software designers who like to do things their own way and ignore industry standards. "Adobe knows best" but all it does is piss off users who have to learn new controls or shortcuts.

Sorry slipping into rant mode there!
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My machine is 27inch 2012
3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
Running 24Gb Ram
HD is a 1TB SSD

Yes it's old and needs replacing soon but like I said no performance issues with after effects, premiere or very large composite images in Photoshop.


I've even tried LR on its own external 1TB SSD to see if that would help but it has not at least so far.
Bear in mind his year Adobe have had me do several clean installs trash pref files etc and took control of my machine several times trying to iron out both performance and Dynamic link issues
( looks like an issue with Quicktime).
So this has been going on 2 years and got worse in the last 3 months.

I run a single catalogue as I have around 400K of images across several external drives.
I have rebuilt the catalogue and that helped for a week but is now no better.

I'm all ears to solve this but I'm out of ideas and looks like so are Adobe.

Any advice would be great if you have any that might put me out of my misery!
Regards Simon