I would like faster scrolling in Lightroom library module

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I've recently switched from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom CC. In many ways I have been able to modify LR to fit my needs. However, I still see one glaring drawback to using LR. In Elements I could scroll smoothly and fast through my library. I can't do that in LR. Scrolling is slow and thumbnails first appear fuzzy/blocky before coming into sharp focus. I have tried various tweaks and putting my catalog file and thumbnail previews on an SSD. None of this helps significantly.

I realize that LR and Elements are built on different programming designs. I've also read enough to gather that LR has more sophisticated ways of developing thumbnails. I'm sure there are some advantages to LR's architecture. However, the slow scrolling seems like a huge liability to me. It is a real barrier to me being able to quickly and efficiently access my photos.

I would like to see Adobe make the scrolling experience in the LR library module quicker and smoother.
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Being a non-destructive image editor, Lr sometimes needs to render the thumbnails on the fly if the existing thumbnails become stale with respect to the develop settings. It would improve the thumbnail scrolling performance if you pre-build the standard preview during import or after.
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Thanks, Simon, for your suggestion. I have not used the develop module at all since I started using LR a few weeks ago. Also, I did re-build all of my standard previews for a selected amount of photos. Still, I find that when I scroll, the thumbnails first appear fuzzy/blocky before coming into sharp focus.

I posted on the Adobe forums about this issue. Here is the url for that post:
https://forums.adobe.com/message/7941...

In that post, users gave several suggestions to solve this problem. Nothing helped.

What I have come to realize is that LR simply has a different method of creating thumbnails compared to Elements. Unfortunately, the LR method seems to prevent a smooth scrolling experience, no matter what I try.

I've been thinking about this a lot. The reason I have started using LR is because Adobe recently announced that future versions of Elements will not support Mobile Albums. Adobe urges users who need Mobile Albums to switch to LR Creative Cloud. I suspect many other users will do what I have done. That is, they will be trying out LR as a replacement for Elements. In my transition to LR I found many features that I really liked, and I found some that I did not like. I have been able to find a fix for nearly all of the LR characteristics that I did not like. However, one major negative point remains. That is the scrolling experience.

Scrolling through my library of photos is a very basic, fundamental part of my interaction with my photos. In Elements I am able to scroll quickly and smoothly and there is also a view available in the library in which the photos are not in a grid. Instead, they are all close to one another, with no space between. It is a pleasure to scroll through my photos in Elements. I take lengths to describe this, because it is not just an issue of enjoying a secondary, non-essential feature of Elements. The ability to quickly, efficiently and smoothly scroll through a huge number of photos makes it really easy for me to find pictures that I am looking for. This is something that makes Elements both enjoyable and useful.

I mention all this because I like many things about LR. However, the experience of scrolling through photos really turns me off from the product. I would really like to be able to enjoy LR. If Adobe is encouraging many former Elements users to try out LR, then I suspect thousands of potential LR users will be trying LR and likely coming away with similar impressions that I have developed. I'm sure it would take significant effort on the part of Adobe to fundamentally improve the way LR scrolls through photos. However, I would highly encourage you to consider doing so.