Lightroom: Needs a more informative progress bar

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Lightroom needs a more informative progress bar when it does tasks like conversion to DNG, making smart previews, etc. By more informative I mean it needs to show the number of files it processed out of total and estimated time for finishing the task.
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Yes, yes, yeeees!
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If you click on the progress bar, you can see the number of files processed out of the total and the current file being processed (depending on the command invoked):

     

It's pretty mediocre UI design, having hidden pixels like that -- makes me feel like I'm playing an old PC game in the 1990s.
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Oh Sorry, I've just noticed it after I've posted that note. However, it still lacks estimated task finish time.
On a different note, I'm curious to know if doing everything in parallel is an efficient way to do tasks.
e.g. when I import Canon raw files and ask lightroom to convert them to DNG and create smart previews, it begins doing the tasks aforementioned in parallel. Is it the most efficient way of doing this, regarding penalty in disk access? If not, is there a way to force lightroom to do this in a queue?
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"On a different note, I'm curious to know if doing everything in parallel is an efficient way to do tasks."

Unfortunately, it highly depends on the task and your configuration. For example, some people find that doing large exports, LR doesn't use enough parallelism, so breaking the export in two and doing both at once can provide a modest speed improvement. But not everyone benefits from doing that, since LR does try to use multiple processors.

Note that many operations on raw files are limited by CPU, not by disk access.  I'd guess that building previews is so limited.

Re a queue mechanism, many people have asked for that for other commands, e.g. Merge: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/batch-hdr?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfi...
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Thanks for the interesting comment! Being an old graphic designer, It's been a long time that I haven't felt the need for a faster CPU (Which I use Core i7), or more RAM (16 GB), But your comment today took me back to the days of CPU arms race! i.e. now I want a faster processor!