smart collection performance

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I have a major problem with using Smart Collections: Performance.

I have a lot of Smart Collections that I use for cross-checking my submissions to Stock Agencies - probably more than 100 (and 40k images).  They're grouped into small Collection Sets that I normally keep minimised.

When I open any one Collection Set to see the Smart Collections, my performance goes right through the floor.  I'm running a really powerful PC, have a top-of-the-range GPU, a load of memory and everything is up-to-date.  I've even reinstalled LR a few times.

With almost every operation, I get a blue spinning logo for about 10 seconds, then LR flashes off and on a couple of times (revealing the desktop), before I can do what I want for a few seconds, then the blue spinning logo and flashing again.

Dragging and dropping an image from one (normal) collection to another takes about 30 seconds, and usually takes three or four attempts to get it selected.

It is UNUSABLE in this state!  Closing LR and reopening it solves the problem, until I then need to reference another Smart Collection.

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Stephen Barnes

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Yves Crausaz

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Too many dynamic collections seriously jeopardize research performance, especially if their search criteria are numerous, I do not know the upper limit not to exceed, but 100 dynamic collections for me is too much! Imagine the number of calculations needed to be done over the water .... Look at the number of cycles required to execute these sorts and you will understand that we must not exaggerate on this number of dynamic collections.


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John R. Ellis, Champion

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"They're grouped into small Collection Sets that I normally keep minimised. When I open any one Collection Set to see the Smart Collections, my performance goes right through the floor."

Roughly how many smart collections are in each collection set? Others have reported that keeping most of your smart collections in collapsed collection sets greatly reduces the performance cost of having many smart collections: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/disable-smart-collection?topic-reply-list[set... But that doesn't seem to be working for you.

Another person had experienced abysmally bad smart-collection performance. For that person, exporting the catalog as a new catalog fixed the performance problems.  See here for details: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/disable-smart-collection?topic-reply-list[set...

You could try doing File > Optimize Catalog, but that rarely has a significant impact on performance.

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Stephen Barnes

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Transpires that if I have 130 SCs that all identify exceptions, and hence have mainly 0 results, performance hasn't been affected.  However, if I have a number of SCs that have 20k-30k results, performance is really poor.  Others have found the same behaviour.

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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Did you try exporting as a new catalog, as described in the other thread?  That fixed similar symptoms for that other person experiencing similar issues.
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Bhakti Ramnani, Employee

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Hi Stephen,

Thanks for reporting the issue. We would like to debug the issue at our end. Will it be possible for you to share your catalog?