UI failings in Lightroom's Library module grid view (from an Aperture user)

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I'm trialling Lightroom as an Aperture replacement, and while there's some nice features I'm finding some *really* poor UI choices, mostly in the grid view of Lightroom's Library module.

While Lightroom appears to be ahead of Aperture in terms of photo processing, much of the ease-of-use, UI/UX and general library management are a long way behind.

The most obvious is that the spacing between photo thumbnails is FAR too wide when they're small. If you shrink them down to minimum size, the photos take up about 1/4 of the grid cells, with a huge amount of wasted space. Fair enough when you have the various cell decorations on (icons, labels, etc around the edges) but at least let the thumbnails expand if those are off! Just look at Aperture's grid view for a much nicer grid view UX.

On top of that, it's just so busy! Even with all the extras turned off, there's a bunch of different shades of greys, highlights, borders. It's ugly and confusing. It's really hard to see what image you have selected on a large monitor. The grid lines are totally unnecessary, and there's too many different outlines and shades of grey indicating different things. Keep it simple, or at least give us some more customisation options to clean it up. Again, Aperture is a great example of a clean & simple grid UI, and anything you can do to copy it would be a step forward!

Filters, or at least the attribute filters are another poor UI. Apart from the stars, it's really hard to tell what's enabled or not in the grid view filter. A quick glance says they're all off... oh wait, no, one of the flags is active. Frustrating.

And why can't I click & drag to select multiple images in grid view? (or any other multi-image view)
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