Lightroom Classic (Oct 2017): Update has made it even slower than before

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The latest lightroom update has made going from photo to photo take 45seconds to 2 minutes PER PHOTO. This is ridiculous.  The update was supposed to make Lightroom faster... it is at least twice as slow now.  I have all updates.  My computer is updated... I have over 3000$ worth of upgrades, hard drives and everything in between just trying to make this faster and now once again it is twice as slow as before.  I can't stand it!  Something has to be done.

I am tired of paying for such a slow system.

The photos I am going between aren't complicated.  Have minimal adjustments on them and little to no brushes.  There is no reason it should be this slow.  Lightrom fails.  Again.
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Julie-Ann

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Julie-Ann

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I am trying to change exposure throughout a session and with auto sync on, it is taking 10-20 seconds per photo from clicking the exposure button, scrolling it... to it actually appearing with the changed exposure.
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Julie-Ann

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Exporting 93 files as a test before the update took 8min48sec, exporting those SAME 93 files after the update just took 16min32sec. 
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Joel Weisbrod

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You are not alone! The old version was slow as molasses but the new version is simply unusable! It took 2.5 hours to import 200 RAW images and create previews. In Capture One, the entire process took 23 minutes and some seconds. In addition, during this process of importing and creating previews, Lightroom was essentially frozen while during the same process, Capture One worked only a touch slower than when it is not importing.

Many of us have been begging Adobe for help on this issue and they have totally ignored us in favor of devoting their efforts to creating a totally new version that most of us will never use.
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Sigurdur Ragnar

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totally unusable! I hate to see lr go further and further toward the casual user and further away from professional use where batch editing and simple tool use has become almost an unobtainable task.

so sad!!
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Todd Thoenen

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Took me an hour to upload or import 837 raw files
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I have reported similar issues in this forum and directly with Adobe.  A tech took control of my PC and saw the program slow grammatically after editing a number of photos.  This occurred with the GPU enabled and disabled.  At the end he blamed my GPU - even when it wasn't selected to be used. 

I have no faith this problem will be fixed any time soon as they are failing to acknowledge it exists. I would prefer it f they admitted there was a problem.  I have paid up for the next year but I might have to spend some more on On1 or Capture One and possibly come back to Lightroom if/when it is reasonably functional again.
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Joel Weisbrod

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I sympathize. I have been complaining about the slowdown for more than one year even with CC 2015. As for them blaming your GPU, I have been wondering if my high-end PC was the culprit until I installed Capture One and it is lightning fast on my PC - LR is a snail and Capture One is a race horse. More than seven hours to import 2000 photos and build previews in LR and only 39 minutes in Capture One on the same PC from the same memory card, same card reader, and a separate folder on the same hard drive. During these imports, LR was frozen and I could only sit and wait. Capture One was a little slower but fully functional and 10 times faster than LR when it is not importing.

I agree with Tom
I have no faith this problem will be fixed any time soon as they are failing to acknowledge it exists. I would prefer it f they admitted there was a problem.  I have paid up for the next year but I might have to spend some more on On1 or Capture One and possibly come back to Lightroom if/when it is reasonably functional again.
All I ever hear is "They are working on it." Well, I have been suffering with performance issues for more than one year and during this year they obviously spent their efforts on a totally new and confusing new product set rather than making the existing product work.

As many of us seem forced to try other software and maybe switch away from LR, I think they will be happy as there will never be any need to address this. Only power users and professionals seem to be having these issues (I guess). Why are only a small group of us complaining to them? I am not sure but unless hundreds of us start doing something, they will just plod along taking our money and running to the bank.
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My assumptions below - please comment/refute if you have opinions:

-Lightroom as we know it cannot be easily fixed to perform like Capture One and other more modern products
-Best resolution is to start over 
-Adobe chose to put those resources into new CC where they see the biggest future growth to be
-Adobe will continue to put bandaids on Classic until the user base dwindles to only pros and then drop it.

My questions are 1) will CC eventually be as powerful as Classic or CO? 2) will Adobe eventually allow pros/enthusiasts to use CC, but store photos locally? If they would say yes to those now, I would probably stay. I have zero confidence in that happening, so I am starting to transition away. I am glad I have always kept a logical OS based file/folder structure.
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Joel Weisbrod

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Agreed. Good thinking!!!
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Norton Townsley

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OMG.  The latest LR Classic is so slow that it is unusable. The previous version was quite snappy. Now it's terrible.  They need to fix this fast or I will use another program and ask for my money back.
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How do I contact someone high up at Adobe? 
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I just wish they would at least acknowledge this.  They keep making all these improvements, but they don't touch the speed of LR.  I just can't keep doing this.
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The problem is Ron, it is faster for most people. The question is why it's slower on your machine. If you haven't already done so, post a "problem" thread with a description of what exactly is slow for you, and the contents of Help menu > System Info. (But bear in mind Adobe's closed for the holidays, so maybe wait till early January, so it doesn't get missed)