Lightroom really needs an activity window

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Lightroom is not always always so snappy. Sometimes things are happening in the background and there's no way of telling the difference between Lightroom thinking and Lightroom idling.

Case in point: If you have very large smart collections and try to delete them, Lightroom won't acknowledge you've done anything until everything catches up and eventually they just disappear. In the mean time though, Lightroom is acting buggy as hell. Something similar when you export a large number of photos, sometimes Lightroom doesn't acknowledge you've done anything, until eventually a status bar pops up, and then it moves to the status window at the top.

I'd like to see an activity window for Lightroom. If something isn't working right, I'd like to be able to peek at what else Lightroom might be working on without me knowing it.
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William Petruzzo

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JaapV

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Excellent idea!
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JaapV

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Excellent idea!
But preferably not before the known bugs are history.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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As I think you know, there already is an activity window for showing long-running tasks:



But it sounds like it doesn't always work well for you -- LR isn't always updating the window instantly to inform you of what's going on?
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Alan Harper

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Two time-consuming processes that Lightroom fails to notify you of -- ever.

1) When you open a file in Photoshop, it can take 5 or 10 seconds before there is a response. Many times I think my "command-E" wasn't received, and I do it a few times more. Then two or three windows open in Photoshop.

2) Writing metadata. The only sign that Lightroom is writing metadata is the warning that it gives you on quitting. It is important to know when your metadata is consistent, so other files can rely on it, and, given the number of bugs that have been reported in Lightroom's metadata synchronization, I would never quit while it is writing metadata and expect it to pick up and finish the process when I launch it again later.

The first can be addressed with an audible acknowledgement, the second with a progress bar.