Lightroom: A setting to have it show when a photo is fully loaded

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In Develop, when I scroll to a new group of images in the filmstrip, first they are all grey, then they all load with the "original" images (like you'd see if you \), then they load with my settings. Is there a way, other than sitting and watching them change, to know when they are fully loaded? Like a "show __________" setting I haven't checked off?

Thanks!
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No. The filmstrip thumbnails are loaded asynchronously in the background, so it is non-deterministic when they will be done.

You can continue to work with your images, even while this is going on. Don't watch the thumbnails! Choose one and it will be loaded in the loupe view for you to work on very quickly, as this operation is allowed to pre-empt other things (like thumbnail generation.)
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I would also prefer a little more feedback regarding loading progress, and status.

For example, the only way to assure you have no raw data corruption, and hence it is safe to delete from card, is to wait until all imported images have finished rendering, successfully.

Presently the only way to make such assurance is to inspect each image visually...

Granted, forcing preview generation upon import provides requisite feedback, however it won't report errors except via image icon, so you still have to look at each one.

And that's no help when you *aren't* importing - I'd like to see images tagged as "stale preview" when develop changes are made such that library will have to re-render prior to a loupe or 1:1 view.

Summary: make sure you import with preview generation, since that will provide at least some of the feedback you are looking for. - otherwise: what John said...

Here's a wild idea: shoot with black & white set in camera (instead of color) - that'll make it crystal clear when imported images have been rendered in Lightroom! (unless you are using a black & white preset during import, of course).

So, the answer to your question is: No. - but consider making this a feature request: I'd vote for it.

Rob
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Right, the trick is to force preview rendering via the Library->Previews mneu. You get a progress bar that shows you when the photos are "fully loaded".
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Thank you all for the feedback! The problem I am running into is that I can't sync to an image until it is fully loaded, so when I'm trying to do a correction across all my images I have to scroll through the entire filmstrip watching them change before applying the sync. (At least these forums have gotten me as far as realizing that is the likely reason my syncs only work on the next 10-20 images, and I am very grateful that mystery is solved!)

Generating new previews before doing every sync seems like it would be very clunky, but at least I could start it running and come back to it later instead of having to sit and watch for each preview to change. And the time taken would be balanced out by all the backtracking I currently have to do when I realize my sync hasn't taken hold. Thank you for the idea, Dorin!

Rob, I'm not sure I can talk my photographer into changing his settings but I love the creativity behind your workaround!
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Rob, I just made an Idea topic at

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

- is that what you meant by make a feature request or should I follow up elsewhere?

Thanks again!
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No need. I've turned this one into a FR.
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Hi Julie,

Yes - you're getting the hang of the feature request / Idea, and I voted for it, *but*

I don't have the same problem you do -

If you always render previews upon import (or if you haven't done that, then force render previews for all photos in your catalog right now), then you'll never see grey boxes where thumbnails should be (once the progress indicator reaches the end I mean).

Also, as John said, you should be able to apply develop settings immediately - even to photos represented by grey boxes, since Lr just writes them to the catalog, then applies them when it can (of course you can't apply settings to photos which haven't imported yet, but there's a separate progress indicator for that so ya know - upper left-hand corner). Granted, you may want to see your image before adjusting it (and promptly afterward) - I usually do.

Is it not working like that for you?

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Aren't there the ”three dots” to show you that the thumbnail is not fully loaded?



Also, you can certainly apply adjustments, presets and sync while the thumbnails load. If it sometimes doesn't - it's a bug that has to be fixed.
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Dorin, thank you so much for your help with the duplicate topics. I do not get the three dots, do you know if there is a way to turn them on as an option?

Rob and Dorin, I had assumed not being able to apply while loading was a bug, but then found threads where people said "that's just how LR works." I will keep looking for a solution if it's a bug. Thanks!
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Hi Julie,

You said:
|>" I had assumed not being able to apply while loading was a bug"

It could be that you are having some problem that I am not. I can apply settings to any photo at any time, independent of loading status. I mean, some loading is required in develop module before the sliders are enabled, but even then I can apply using external means such as Cookmarks plugin - Lr records the settings, then applies when it's ready enough...

If it's not working like that for you, then consider submitting a bug report - with a list of steps to reproduce, and maybe a screenshot, or video...

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