Lightroom Classic: Kudos to the LR Development Team

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I'm a long-time LR user and a professional photographer. I've been reading nothing but complaints about LR for ages and just wanted to pass on my congratulations to the LR team for taking LR's performance problems seriously and doing something about it. I have been using LR Classic 7.2 for about a week on a pretty conventional Windows 10 machine (4 core Intel i7700K with 32 GB of memory) and it simply flies. Not only have import and export been speeded up, but the develop module is snappy and there is no performance loss over time. In other words, I can focus on doing my job without worrying about the software getting in the way.

I've been using the auto develop Sensei technology as well and have been happily surprised to find that it gives me a great head start on developing my images, saving tons of time. Now, I can come back from an event shoot with several hundred photos, import them into LR, build smart and 1:1 previews and auto develop them in a matter of minutes, then go through and select and tweak the developing process for the keepers. Having the auto develop feature also helps with the selection of the keepers - you aren't thrown off by the occasional exposure issue. 

I'm also going to chime in on the subscription pricing issue and give Adobe two thumbs up. I love getting frequent updates and new features. And, when you compare the value of the Adobe photographer subscription to other similarly priced services (e.g. Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime) as opposed to paying an annual upgrade fee, I can't believe that people out there are whining. As a pro, I get all the software tools I need for my job for the price of a sports package on cable TV. This is an incredible bargain. Maybe I should shut up now before Adobe puts the price up!

Thank you Adobe team. You get a lot of abuse from this community (sometimes earned), but LR Classic 7.2 is a huge step forward and I'm thrilled with the product.
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Jeremy Tilford

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You must be very lucky- 7.2 on my 48Gb 2017 5k iMac is virtually unusable. Develop is so slow that any move of the sliders freezes the screen and brings the beach ball of death! I have started to use on1 for basic processing when I had only used it for detailed editing in the past. Sadly you seem to be in the minority and most MAC users I know are similarly frustrated.
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Greg Kuhnen

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Jeremy - for what it's worth, I have a 24Gb 2015 5k iMac (with the i6700 4GHz processor) running High Sierra, and I'm seeing a significant speedup on imports. Develop sliders were never really slow for me.

I do have the "Open in Low Resolution" checkbox checked under the Application's "Get Info" screen, as was suggested years ago when retina Macs first came out.
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Hi Jeremy,

Try the steps in this post and let me know if it helps. 

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/issues-lightroom-classic-7-2.html

Rick
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Huw Morgan

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It sounds to me like they focused on Windows users for this release. The Win 10 7.2 release is nice and stable. There was a persistent problem with other LR versions that would cause performance to degrade over time and affect the performance of the operating system as well, so I'm not surprised that they focused on Windows. It's too bad that they negatively impacted Mac performance. 
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For me, Win 10 7.2 still slows when using the spot tool, it's done a couple of weird things to me along the way, and otherwise performance doesn't seem to have changed much for the better.
I've read of some peoples' Win 10 systems being really slow also, and I think people who are getting good performance should be thanking their lucky stars as well as Adobe.
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No noticeable improvement on my machine (Win 7 Pro i7 Quad Core 8GB). Editing just a single image results in significant slow down of my system, even well after Lr is closed. Launch time is slower than before, now 19 sec compared to 17 for 7.1 and 10 sec for Lr 6. A panorama merge took 20 minutes to complete, with most of that time displaying "not responding" and other tasks running were complaining too (firefox script timeouts) making my computer unusable for during this time. Once the merge was "complete", Lr just sat there with a blank thumbnail, blank preview and blank histogram for another 5 minutes. See screen shot below. It did eventually finish, I can say that as something positive.

It seems to me that Adobe is applying 'band aid' patches that some may see as an improvement while others see nothing or the performance gets worse. The underlying core problems don't seem to be addressed at all. As for the subscription model, I have no problems with it at all.

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Hi Anthony,

Try the steps in this post and let me know if it helps. 

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/issues-lightroom-classic-7-2.html

Rick
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Hi Rick,

I'm not using Lightroom CC, so Sync with Lightroom CC is off, as is Face Detection. Address Lookup is on, but my camera is a Nikon D750, so there are no GPS coordinates to lookup.

Thanks anyway Rick.
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I'll echo Huw - I'm a long time user (LR3) and have been questioning Adobe's direction with Lightroom. I'm still wary of the whole Classic / CC debacle, but the last two updates to Classic have delivered real improvements.

Imports are much faster on my quad-core 24GB iMac, and Sensei auto-exposure is close enough to save me a fair amount of time, especially on casual shooting that just gets a quick edit.

Keep it up, Lightroom Classic dev team! My personal wish list:

- Native HEIC support (treat them like raw files)
- Sensei auto white-balance
- Background re-rendering of changed file previews. If I've been fiddling with image X for a few minutes, advancing to X+1 should never catch Lightroom without a pre-rendered preview.
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One request I'd like to make concerns previews. Why do we have two different types and the associated overhead in building and storing them? Why not use smart previews for both the Library module and Develop module. And why make it up to the user to figure out how to build them and use them for editing? Why not just assume that we want LR to perform and build them and use them as a default?
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In case people are curious, I'll paste my performance preferences below. If you're having problems,  maybe LR isn't set up properly. I've got lots of SSD cache and use smart previews for editing.