LIGHTROOM - Too Many Panels!

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As someone who is coming from Aperture, I have to say, the interface in Lightroom feels so cluttered! The tools are spread out everywhere, and it just doesn't feel intuitive at all...

I'd love, at least the option, to have combine/customize some of these panels...

For example, The filter bar could easily be combined with the toolbar. put the loupe zoom settings there too. Instead of having separate library and develop modules, just put the editing tools as a tab at the top the library navigation pane, all on the left side (or right!)... Things like that make it more seamless to move between organizing and editing, and cleaner to figure out where tools are. Even Photoshop, which has vastly more tools, feels better organized.
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Michael Brodt

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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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Lightroom is not Aperture and was designed by a different company.

Since LR users are used to how it works, changing is to be like Aperture would be disconcerting the way you're switching from Aperture is for you.

That isn't to say Adobe would never change anything about it, but it's been the way it is for many years, now, and just because Apple pulled the plug on Aperture doesn't mean Adobe should change what they do to be more like Aperture. Adobe also has the added constraint of having the UI also work on Windows, which Apple never attempted to do with Aperture. Adobe also cannot make adjustments to the underlying OS to speed things up, all they can do is use whatever Apple and Microsoft (and now Google for Android) have provided to outside developers to use.

Library and Develop are separate because Library is optimized for multiple-photo functions and Develop is optimized for single-photo functions.
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Michael Brodt

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That is true, Adobe isn't Apple, but this wasn't to suggest that they should be. I am merely using examples, some from Aperture, others not, to provide a little more detail round my suggestion that the UI could be cleaner and easier to use. I wouldn't want Adobe to be Apple. Just a better Adobe!
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There is always a learning curve when starting to use new software. And it sometimes it isn't easy. I am so accustomed to the Lightroom and Photoshop interfaces that I really struggle when I look at something different. Personally, I wouldn't want the interface changed because I'm comfortable with it the way it is.