Lightroom 4.1 RC2 is faulty in handling the Second Monitor

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Lightroom 4.1 RC2 is faulty in handling the Second Monitor. - It simply doesn't work !!
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Jair Moreshet

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Rob Cole

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Meaning you can't get anything on 2nd monitor, or you don't like the functionality...?

Perhaps just a little more explanation..., eh? -

Which OS, what you did, what you expected to happen, what actually happened...

2nd monitor works fine for me (win7/64) via F11 key, but I don't use it, since it provides insufficient added value to me. Note: Beware of F-Lock key...

I extend left panel onto left monitor instead, which maximizes size of image under development.
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Jair Moreshet

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Hi and thanks for responding.

In Develop mode, going to a photo that was already dealt with and thus has a list of developing steps registered for it, the Second Monitor displays the status of the photo corresponding to the last developing step it was left at. When jumping/switching to any other registered developing step in the list for the photo the Second Monitor doesn't respond. - It stays stuck.

In some instances, going to a photo, the Second Monitor doesn't display anything but a message to the effect that "no photo was selected".
My system is Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, I have two CPU chips, each has 4 physical CPUs, which forms a total of 16 "Virtual" CPU units. I have RAM of 24 GB ECC memory, and two hard disks configured separately for the system/software and for the user (my) data.

I am used to work routinely with a second monitor dedicated completely to show (just) the "patient" photo, while the first monitor is free to show the panels, in particular the sliders in a big enough size to be convenient to work with. In addition, in local adjustments, it is very useful/efficient to follow the actual resulting effects on the Second Monitor, while the first monitor is dedicated to display the currently selected local area and to the manipulation of it (further selecting or erasing).

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I have also seen the "no photo is selected" message in my second monitor when it should have been displaying the photo that is selected in the develop view.
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Sounds like a bug alright...
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Yes it does sound like a bug, and it also sounds like this problem that I wrote up at Lightroom Forums:

http://www.lightroomforums.net/showth...

So check your catalog settings for your Standard Preview size, and maybe try increasing it.

PS: I also posted it here somewhere, and I understand that Adobe are aware of it.....
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The "no photo selected" issue appears to be an intermittent problem possibly related to timing (and so susceptible to coming and going with changes in sizes or CPU costs) and your description at the other site where you are a moderator seems to be of two problems. Which specific problem did you report on this site and was it acknowledged?
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Two problems, which only happened when using the secondary window, (preview on second monitor not updating, and memory leak), but same root cause, i.e. both fixed when the standard preview size was changed (increased). Note that the memory leak was only confirmed on Windows systems, though the preview not updating issue WAS also reported on a Mac (and was fixed in the same way).

I reported the problem(s) here as well, linking to my initial post. Although I don't think it was ever flagged as 'Acknowledged' by Adobe, I have been advised that my findings were reported to the team, and I therefore assume they are working on it.
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You are confusing "cause" with "change that made the problem disappear". Only the Adobe engineers will be able to tell what the root cause is. They may be working on it, we don't know, but we should be as clear as we possibly can be here.
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I have every confidence that the Adobe engineers will be less worried about my terminology, and more concerned with fixing the problem, no matter what the 'cause'.
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A negative data point: I spent a while trying unsuccessfully to make the "no photo selected" problem recur this evening. There were no configuration changes since the last editing session when it happened a number of times. The second monitor display was quite snappy (I have a slow old machine, snappy is a relative term) compared with the last time when I was editing photos. The machine was not paging unduly, but running Chrome at the same time as Lightroom was pushing things a bit and at one point the machine started paging madly for a minute of so and then settled down again. The difference this time is that I had not edited more than a couple of photos whereas last time I had edited about a dozen.