My issues with LR as a catalog app

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Things that need to change:

1. I only want to import selects from the card. But to choose them in LR is made difficult by the app shading the thumbs  from a card unless i click or mouse over that thumb. Why did this pose NO PROBLEM to Expressions Media? Make it EASY to keep my HD size down!

2. When i have moved ALL of the files from a shoot onto a drive and waited for LR to import them, I go thru the thumbs and select, like most do. When I Flag or color a file, I don't want it to be grouped until I choose that to happen. Why? because when I flag or pick a file now in LR, it automatically moves to its group, along with the screen view. So I have to manually go back to where I was just a moment ago to continue going thru the rest of the files. Can  you see how  much more time is wasted that way as opposed to simply letting me choose selects and THEN clicking or entering to group them?

3. I am running Win 10 w/ GPU and 12 gigs Ram. Not enough, it seems to keep this app from crashing at least once per session. Thanks, Adobe, for lowering your standards from PS levels.

4. Just please buy a copy of Expressions from Capture 1 to see how a really well-designed catalog app should work. Then copy it or buy it.

Thank you.
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Rob

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Jim Robertson

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Rob, Re your point #2: I import all my images into LR after I copy them from the SD card to the PC folder which is what I think you do in point 2. I run through my images flagging, starring and labeling with no problem. I am not sure what you mean by they are being "grouped", nor what you mean by "screen view".

Could you elaborate a little more?
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Jim Robertson

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Just a quick thought, by any chance are some of your filters turned on in the bottom right of GRID view?
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Bruce Houstoun

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#1 If you have all of your photos 'unchecked' when you are starting your import selections, then in that state all of the unselected photos are darkened as you say until you select them.
If you start off with all photos 'checked' instead then they will all be bright until you uncheck/deselect them, sounds like you would prefer this way of doing things.

#2 Sounds like you most likely have your files sorted either by "Edit Time" or "Edit Count" and as you flag/rate photos it will sort them either to the end of the grid or beginning depending which way the sorting goes (flagging/rating counts as an 'edit')
Change the sort order to "capture time" or 'filename', then you will find that works the way you want.

#3 Is there a particular action that consistently causes the crash? Try turning off the Graphics processor setting in the performance tab of LR preferences. There are bugs in the latest version that this does not seem to help with though.
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Rob

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Thank you Bruce and Jim. I will try your fixes, Bruce. I have had the crashing problem from the start -- 18 months ago. Do you still think it would help to turn of the GPU setting?

Many thanks!
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john beardsworth

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The persistence of the crashing  indicates an underlying problem with your system. Ensure you have the latest drivers for things like the graphics card, any tablet, and that your hard drives are OK.
As a general recommendation, don't identify selects  in the Import dialog - just import everything off the card and use Library's better review/comparison features to make selections and cull the rejects. LR's Import workflow is designed to get everything off the flash card, with a temporary backup, so you can safely reformat and reuse the card.