Lightroom: Do not animate moving of photos

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Moving photos from one folder into another is slow. This also affects creating a subfolder and asking all selected photos to be moved into the subfolder.

The reason for the slow speed is that Lightroom animates every move of every single photo. Updating the grid view takes far longer than the actual move process.

That is why the following workaround works: After initiating the move of a number of photos, click at a different folder (which is neither the source or the target folder of the move operation). This will considerably speed up the whole operation.

Please stop refreshing the grid view for every single photo moved. Consider to mark all photos to be used in some way (give them a faded out look, or similar) but then leave them displayed until all photos are moved. Then update the grid view once at the end.

Having to use the workaround every time to get reasonable move speeds is quite cumbersome.

P.S.: This is not a LR4 issue. I'm using LR 3.6 on Win7.
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Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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Do you have many file or folder based smart collections?
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Dorin, thanks for your interest.

I do not have many smart collections. In some catalogs I have only added one to the standard ones (it checks for images that have adjustments).

Smart collections should not really have an effect because if they eat up time when files move, this should happen independently of whether or not you are watching the target/source folders of a move operation.

Are you not seeing the same slow down that I'm describing?

Have you tried the workaround I described?
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Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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No, I don't normally move files around and cannot test because I don't have large enough batch of test files.

I was just wondering about SC's, because I remember a thread where file or folder based SC's were mentioned as one of speed issues when moving files around. But obviously it is not the case here.
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You don't need a large set of files. You'll notice the significant speed difference with 10 photos already.

I know the poster you are talking about with the extensive SCs. I understand they are always slowing down his move speeds, on top of the "animation" slow down.
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Yep, I can notice the difference even with 30 files.