Lightroom: Memory leak on Lion 10.7

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I'm runnIng the latest versions of Photoshop and lightroom on an early 2008 macPro. The macpro has 8 gigs of ram. Running lightroom alone eats ram, particularly when making local adjustments. Sometimes ram drops to less than 20 megs! I have an app that frees ram. I have to use it a lot. Using the two programs is difficult. I am certain that LR has the memory leak. I have screen shots to show this. Is there anything I can do other than not using the program or getting more ram? I can't live without it!!

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> I have an app that frees ram.

Um, what? One application can't change the RAM used by another application.
You can free up some OS caches, but that's about it (and still not a good idea, because the OS would free them up as needed anyway).

Yes, there have been reports of a possible leak in LightRoom - they're investigating.

Photoshop uses memory up to the limit you set in Photoshop's preferences. Some plugins might use a little more, but are supposed to free the memory they use when you're done with the plugin.
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Well, yes, I understand about freeing up the ram. I just locked up with only 27 megabits of ram being free. Lightroom lost its links to all pics. Most of my ram was "inactive." Yet, the system or one or the other app wouldn't free up enough ram to run. I ran iCleanMemory, and that took care of it. Something is seriously wrong . . . .
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Are you running 3.4.1? If so, you could try 3.5RC from labs.adobe.com and see if that helps
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Well, I must say that I could not solve the problem. Upgraded LR to 3.5RC. No difference. This is a really serious problem. Lion finally does release the inactive ram, it just takes forever for it to decide to. I went back to snow leopard and am happy again. I can't believe that people aren't screaming about this!!!! Oh, for what it's worth, I stripped down my early 2011 macbook pro with 8 gigs ram, and it still did the same thing with Lion still installed. I won't touch Lion until this gets solved. I cannot believe how much time and aggravation was spent on this issue!!!!!
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it sucks... either Apple or Adobe gotta get this fixed soon!