Lightroom 6.7: So slow it is simply unusable

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Latest version 6.7 is UNUSABLE!!! So extremely slow, spinning wheel on exports, horrendous! It seems like each new version is worse than the previous one. Put 6.7 next to any other version and see the difference, even LR 2 is better!
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While I agree that there are issues, can you please give us some more details on what in particular is frustrating you, and what you think became slower in recent versions? You will see some complaints of mine here, but they are about very particular issues.

It is interesting that some of the complaints (I don't have time to find them right now) have changed from "Lightroom is really slow" to "Oops, I see what I was doing to make it slow". That's why I ask for specifics.
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Don't tell me, you upgraded to macOS Sierra, right? ;-)

NEVER upgrade until .1 or .2!
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One thing that has not happened is the addressing of the following issues that have plagued LR since the last 3 or 4 versions:

1. Some GPU processes are horrendous on even the newest design, super hi speed Graphics Card. I am using a GeForce GTX Titan X with 12Gig Onboard Dedicated Graphics RAM and on my superfast ( 3.4Ghz, 2400 Bus, 64Gig 2400 Ram) PC LR performs better with the GPU off.

2. I am not sure why, but when editing a large number of photos, the performance gets slower and slower as you go along getting slower and slower and after about 30-50 or so images, I need to exit out of LR and restart it. Then it is normal speed (not fast but usable) for another 30-50 images and so on. Annoying at best but the exit and restart LR workaround makes it usable.

3. The use of "Smart Collections" has become a disaster as this slows LR down to a crawl if you are making changes that "move" images in or out of smart collections (e.g. removing the flag). It is far better to use filters as this performs faster. So, I guess the entire concept of smart collections is only useful after all editing is completed. Again, not the end of the world but I have been using these smart collections for many years without any issues. What happened?

I have been fortunate enough to speak to and work with a few of the players at Adobe and they were very nice and were able to see some of the issues I presented. Things did get a little better after I deleted all my smart collections and started using filters but other than that, there has been no improvement or update on either the GPU issue or the slowdown described above. While working with someone from Lightroom development, he indicated that the exact graphics board I am using should be "future proof" regarding planned enhancements from Adobe. That's great but I am forced to have the GPU acceleration turned off to make LR usable. Will I ever be able to take advantage of this high-end graphics card?

I, for one, am getting tired of complaining and hoping for some solutions. I am anxiously awaiting the On1 Software RAW software release - I have pre-ordered it and can only hope it will perform as described on their site. I am really, really, trying to stay loyal to Adobe and continue to support and recommend their software but I grow weary!
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He described several common issues very accurately that lots of people have.
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Carlos Cardona

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Do you have one humongous catalog? Databases get slower as they get bigger. I create a new catalog per year, and have no problems. It looks like your device is fast enough, but I'm a Mac tech so I can't help you troubleshoot that.
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No, of course not. Actually, I have dozens of catalogs for a variety of reasons. Each big trip (4 weeks or so) has it's own catalog with 8-15000 photos. One for customer work per year, one for the LR and PS classes I teach, etc. Thanks for trying!!!!!
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What version of Windows?
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Joel Weisbrod

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Windows 10 Home - Latest Edition with Anniversary Update installed
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Carlos Cardona

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Well there's your problem right there! Sorry, Joel! Couldn't resist! ("Windows is not an operating system, it is a collection of device drivers"). Forget where I heard that, but it's more true about Windows than macOS, where the term "plug-and-play" came from. I know that doesn't help you, you need a good Windows support guy. -Me, a Mac IT pro for 25 years
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Funny, but don't get me started on the failings of the Apple World...

I spent 30 years owning a computer software development company as the lead software analyst and hardware & network designer - I am the Windows support guy you are referring to.

Anyway, every other graphics program I use, including Photoshop, ACDSee & ACDSee Pro, On1 Suite 10.5, etc. is very fast on this PC. The only issues I have are with Lightroom. I am fully aware that LR is different because it is pixel based but the issues I raised all started with the new GPU tweaks to the product.  Hopefull, they will do something soon!
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The key words here are "IBM has developed more than 100 native iOS apps and services " and as long as users stick to native Apple apps, I agree it is easier. As long as you can live with the small fraction of available apps and programs it is fine.

My "Mac" students have more issues with their computers than any of my "Pc" students. Of couse, they are all running apps that are NON-native to Apple!
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I just realized yesterday, that the spot healing brush is incredibly slow and lagging with 6.7. It was never a quick tool, but now it takes around 5 seconds before it performs the task and is usable again for the next spot. I updated from LR 4 to 6 and can only say that 6 so far is a mess! The workflow and speed with LR 4 was far superb to 6. 
My main catalogue has about 20.000 images. When I first start it, LR6 takes minutes until it is usable again. Considering how big the thumbnail/  catalgue files are that go with the main catalogue file, I am really wondering what it is doing all that time? The hard drive is going crazy every time LR is launched, and no, face recognition and any sync features are off.

And thirdly: I never heard anything from Adobe about the face recognition feature that was such a big advertising deal for LR 6. When it came out, almost everybody who tried it out seriously said, that it was a joke! Not one word from Adobe about that until today.

To me, it seems like Adobe is going one step forward in adding a new feature (that only the CC people will get) and is making 3 steps back every time in braking something else. If they don't start fixing all these problems, and there are many, then the competition will get them one day!

OnOne and Aurora are working an RAW developers and if they are fast and good, a lot of people will switch over, because they are fed up with all the issues that Adobe is delivering us every new version.

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I had the same problem when i upgraded to 6.6.1. I came across this post to see if 6.7 was any better. Apparently not. 6.4 works great for me. I haven't tried 6.5. I suggest revering back to 6.4 for now and start looking into other software alternatives like i have been. The new On1 photo Raw looks like it might be an option. Of course there is also Capture one.