I don't believe Lightroom's catalog feature is adequate, or appropriate for my needs. I bought LR3 for some of its editing capabilities... distortion correction as an example.
It's terribly frustrating that LR won't allow me to simply "open" a photo, edit and save as I see fit.
I understand that the catalog is very nice for a lot of folks, but there's no 'good' reason, that we shouldn't have the capability to also simply 'open' a file without adding it to the catalog.
We should have the option. There's no real excuse for it, IMO.
I expect that Adobe's business model is designed to be as inclusive and proprietary a system as possible to "lock-in" the customer.
If you dig the cataloging that's fine... no argument, but really, is there a good reason anyone can think of to PROHIBIT the user from editing one file on the fly if they want to ?
I-phone much ?
Jesus, how about something related to anything OTHER than the I-Phone ?
Apple fan proselytizing.
This array of tablets is far too small a sampling to make for a good comparison.
Almost no-one gives a rip about on-board cameras. Least of all photographers. IMO.
With the Win8 tablets on the way, this article is too late or too early.
Thauglor: I bought LR3 for its many other features. I don't like the catalog feature. I find it to be completely unnecessary. Like the article states, many of us have cataloged our images by folder, by date, or otherwise, making lightroom's catalog feature not only redundant, but annoying. It seems it 'wants' to catalog my images, and will not take no for an answer.
Would it be a big deal to browse to the photo I would like to edit, do the edit, and then simply save the edited file in a folder of my choosing ?
Doesn't seem like to much to ask for those of us that prefer to work that way.
It doesn't make sense to me, that LR will not simply let me browse to a folder, open a file, make an edit, then export the file to the folder I desire.... without the hassle of the catalog system in place. There should be an option to turn it off. There's no realistic, viable reason that I should not be able to just turn it off.That it's not capable of this, shows me that Adobe is specifically using this system in an attempt to lock users into their technology. They want a stranglehold on their user base.
If I was a shareholder I guess I would applaud... but I just wanted some lens corrections features, which I can use... but it's unnecessarily a PITA to run LR.
I don't want or need LR's catalog system at all, only its editing features. The catalog, while understandably useful to many, is useless to me, and there appears to be no way to turn it off. It's obtuse and annoying, to the point that I avoid a software that I paid good money for.
Which is on me for sure... I should have spent more time with the trial before I bought in, and yet I am still disappointed.
That's exactly what I've been doing. While functional, it's not ideal.
It's cumbersome to the point that I just avoid using LR altogether.
I'll make the assumption that Adobe force feeds the catalog feature, so as to lock-in the user, so that folks will feel it necessary to continue to use (purchase) their product.
They won't 'let' us use the software without the catalog. Not a business practice I appreciate.
Peter 13: I would love to see a version of LR which does not catalog anything, and I do not need to "import" images which are on my HD already. Like DXO Optics Pro.
I personally just don't see the point. Why should LR import anything at all.
For those that enjoy this feature... well great. I have no issue with what other folks do, but how about just allow me to browse to a photo, edit it, save and be done.
Why can't I simply turn OFF LR's insistent 'need' to import, catalog and manage my images ?
A simple folder/tree view is all I need.
I bought LR3 for its many other features. I don't like the catalog feature. I find it to be completely unnecessary. Like the article states, many of us have cataloged our images by folder, by date, or otherwise, making lightroom's catalog feature not only redundant, but annoying. It seems it 'wants' to catalog my images, and will not take no for an answer.
I ditched flickr in favor of a paired use between FB and a Zenfolio account. Flickr WAS really cool.... and it sort of slowly slid out of decent functionality.
They made it more difficult to share photos on other sites, by obscuring the link code, and making tiresome to select and copy the code... A major annoyance, that didn't make any sense.
The light box, has always been too small... the slideshow is glitchy... goes on and on.
Pro site, but it feels like it's run by a greedy amateur.