Retouching tool in LR

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I am sure I am not the first one to ask you this, but WHY can't you make a normal retouching tool in Lightoom? Your clone tool is extremely inconvenient, and it got a lot worse in LR4 as now it doesn't even show you the result until you exit it, so you have to go back and forth trying to correct some detail, it doesn't let you clone above what you have done, and when you try to do it anyway dragging the circle to the place you need, you can't correct it afterwards as LR puts the smaller circle behind all the rest and you have to move everything to make a correction. It takes a ton of time and it's really irritating. It's like aperture creators are paying you to keep it this awful because other than this I would never think of switching from LR to aperture. Anyway, is there some reason for not having a normal simple retouching tool in LR, and if not, maybe you can think of making it? It's really confusing that an application with so many advanced features doesn't have a simple one.
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Sounds like you have video driver issues if the tool isn't updating the screen until you exit. Mine's never done that and I agree it would be really annoying.

If you do alot of retouching you need Photoshop or at least Photoshop Elements which have destructive editing and let you layer edits on top of edits must more easily.
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That's nonsense. First of all, I tried LR on 2 computers, one of the most the most advanced mcbook pro there is, and the feature works the same, maybe I am not explaining it right. And second, it's ridiculous you have to go to other applications for simple retouching. LR is an expensive program that should have basic editing tools. Retouching is what every person does on every picture, what's the point of having LR if I have to go to PS to edit each picture and have to save it and take additional disk space on each photo? Aperture costs 3 times less and has wonderful retouching tools.
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I retouch very few pictures using the clone/heal brush, but I also don't do portraits where digital makeup might frequently need to be applied via retouching.

LR5's retouching tool has click-drag capability, now, so you can fix irregularly shaped objects. You can download the LR 5.2 release candidate from Adobe Labs until the final is released, presumably in the next few days: http://labs.adobe.com/

None of LR's tools require exiting the tool to see the effect of the tool so something seems wrong to me. LR can get bogged down and there might be some lag but exiting the tool shouldn't be necessary.

I do agree that cloning over the top of another cloned area can be an issue which is why I suggested Photoshop might be better a this.

Apple programs can be a bit cheaper than Adobe programs because Apple has made their money off of the hardware, and also Apple does not have the added layer of complexity of writing the programs to work on Windows, and they, themselves, can add features to their OS to help support the programs, whereas Adobe has to work with what is there, both from the operating system as well as the hardware drivers written by third parties.

At least you work on a Mac so have more choices about what to use.