Lightroom 4: Terrible Performance and Speed!!

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Lightroom 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 Are terrible with speed and performance. I run MacBook Pro i7 with 16gb ram. Exporting is slow, and creating web galleries is terrible 900 images took 7 hours. Seriously!! WTF!!! I need the speed back from Lightroom 3.3-3.6

I have removed modules that i don't use and have a SSD drive just for litghtroom. Hours to export images and web galleries. I just did a second web export of 17 images and it took almost a minute an Image. not acceptable!!

Josh Tousey
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If you set the photos to PV2010 instead of PV2012, how long does it take then? PV2012 is expected to be a bit slower to export as the calculations are much more complex, but PV2010 should be comparable with LR3.
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Victoria,

Whats the point of LR4 then??
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If you never enable a module, it never gets loaded into memory. You can also hide the module name from the list in the UI.

The symptoms you describe indicate something else is at play here. SSDs are not a panacea of any sort (they can actually be no better at sustained operations than some good fixed disks). You need to sort out why your exports are taking so long -- the existence of some modules is unrelated to that.

Have you taken a "sample" of Lightroom while it is processing 5-10 photos? See Activity Monitor for this interface.
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Joshua, I'm not suggesting that as a permanent solution. I'm asking as a test to see whether you're seeing slowness specific to PV2012 or more general to LR4.
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Ah, So sorry Victoria.

I will do a test of 10 images Web export of both pv2012 and pv2010 and let you know.

I will time it for us to see.
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okay here we go.

Not running any other programs and fresh from boot up each time.

PV2012:
10 images 700px * 10 Highest Quality = 9mins 54 seconds and approximately 51seconds - 64 seconds an image.

PV2010:
10 images 700px * 10 highest Quality = 1mins 47 seconds and approximately 7 seconds - 11 seconds an image.

and the Edited images from 2012 to 2010 Look terrible. (I kept all the brushes, Curves, Sharpening. only difference was contrast, fill recovery and such. )

Thats a 455% Increase in Time for PV2012.

Unbelievable!!! I might figure double the time, even unwillingly triple the time but over quadruple the time!! Seriously. This need to be a High Priority of Concern!!

Thanks Victoria for the help!!
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Wow, yes, that is quite ridiculous! What settings are you applying on either version? Do you see the same kind of ridiculous timings with everything at default? And what camera are we talking about here?
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Camera is 5D MKII and tried both default and edited. the difference is practically the same.

it has something to do with exporting the pv2012. it takes a while to even just take a jpg photo and export with different size. ( imported a facebook image and exported with different size and it took over 5 minutes. No other adjustment/edits.)

I think you are on the right track with the PV2012 thing. no matter if plain raw or jpg with default settings it takes about 4-5 times the amount from pv2010 to pv2012.

I might just need to learn to edit in PV2012 again. LOL I would care but i do a lot of soft edits for web galleries and also exports for Red Carpet Events for a National PR Company.

whats weird when export as well is like it is spooling up as well. it says preparing with with a bar. then blank for like 2-5 minutes. then exports that takes forever and a day!!

LOL
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That sounds incredibly frustrating! I assume the default settings are Adobe's (i.e. no lens corrections, no shadows/highlights, no noise reduction, no brushes) and not custom settings?

What else is attached to the computer? Any external drives that could have gone to sleep, or anything like that? And the photos and export destination are on the internal drive?

If you're up for a little experimentation to try to track down the issue, I'd be interested to know if you see the same in a clean user account.
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This was marked "Solved" without any explanation or solution that I can see - a mistake perhaps? or was it really solved??...
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probably a slip of someone's mouse - I fixed it.
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No Not Solved!!! I know a crap load of users that have this same issue. I shoot a lot of red carpet photos and speed of upload is essential.

No Not Solved!!

We have it narrowed down to PV2012 and PV2010. 2012 is over 400% longer than pv2010.

No matter what i do to the photo. No Edit or edit. brushes, adjustments. Raw vs jpg all the same!!

it's the exporting of PV2012.
I can export a fully edit a PV2010 and a no-edited PV2012 and the PV2010 will smoke the PV2012 by about 50seconds an image.