Lightroom 2015 (April 2015) is slow and problematic on my system

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I was pushed yet another release of Lightroom this week (april 25, 2015)-- and as usual, it did nothing to remove the prior version, leaving me to figure out what Adobe intended. Running this new "Version 2015" of Adobe Lightroom (released April 2015) required building new catalogs for every lrcat file I opened (much like the step from LR 3 to 4, I recall), and there are issues -- a change to metadata across a catalog of 1000 images used to take 15 seconds. Now it takes 15 minutes. Or more. It's not done yet. It hangs without error when exporting files, in particular videos. I quit and restart LR and it moves a little further though the list before parking on a file. The program doesn't stop working, it just leaves the progress meter for the export parked and nothing else is written to disk. It displays the wrong information in the grid view sometimes... updating eventually after a minute or two, but showing the original file name instead of the changed file name for a long while. It turns attributes and metadata filtering off with every file being exported... you start an export of RAW to JPG, for example, and then go back to do more work on say video files marked with a red flag -- which requires turning on metadata and attribute filtering. But meanwhile the export continues, and every time it cranks out a JPG, it turns off my filters. Never did this before. Restarting sometimes makes it stop this annoying behavior. It has just crashed hard with a program log window displayed a few times.

In general, I need this to work for my company to generate revenue, and when you release a version with this many glaring bugs that I encounter in the first hour of use, something is very wrong with your testing regimen. Latest OS, fully patched, Yosemite 10.10.3, Mac Pro, and MacBookPro, creative cloud team licenses.

Can you please push out a more stable, reliable version?
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Several releases later, now in June 2015, and it's more stable. But still you have a flaw introduced in April that is heavily impacting workflow -- you disable the Attributes settings evey time you export a file.

Here's an example -- you're working in a folder in the develop module in grid mode with say 300 images. You haven't gone through to mark any for deletion yet, so you plan to go through 100 or so, marking out the rejects, and then starting an export of your picks so far. You remove rejected items from view by selecting to show images without an attribute set (you click on the middle flag in the attributes stripe across the top of the grid of images).

In all prior versions of Lightroom up to April 2015, you could then continue through marking rejects and because you had attributes turned on, each time you rejected another image with an "x", it disappeared from view. You'd make your way through another 100 or so, start them exporting, and continue.

This keeps you from having to wait to edit everything before starting your export. For a newspaper shooter on deadline, this is important to me!

However, you broke this in April 2015. Now, as soon as you start exporting, with every image exported, you turn off the attributes panel and dump all the rejected images back into view. Regardless if subfolders are set to display, regardless of which folder you've selected (all photos, last import, the folder name you imported). It's visually disruptive and interrupts workflow.

Fix it please.