Something Good About Lightroom 5

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I've been using Lightroom 5 for a week or so now and I've noticed some improvements I'd like to mention. I use the Spot Removal tool rather a lot and in all earlier versions of Lightroom it would get sluggish after working on even a few images. In Lightroom 5 this sluggishness has almost disappeared - so that I don't have to restart Lightroom just to improve performance.

Previously I was in the habit of manually selecting a source for a removal operation because the automatic function was unreliable. Well, it now requires a keyboard command along with clicking on a spot with the SM tool to do a manual selection because a click and drag now invokes the variable Spot tool. This was annoying at first, but it got me to try the automatic selection process again and, to my surprise, it is much more reliable than heretofore. It even works over an edge most of the time, selecting an appropriate source to preserve edge alignment while removing the offending spot.

Then there's the variable spot operation, which, once I got used to it, is also quite good. I would be interested to know if others have had the same or similar experience with the Spot Removal tool.

One suggestion: It would be nice if the click and drag operation with the Spot Removal tool had an option to set the default behavior to either manually select the source or invoke the variable Spot tool. As it is now, Lightroom assumes everyone has the same preference for using the tool, which is most certainly not the case.
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