Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

Started Jan 22, 2017 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

mjw3 wrote:

DanTravel wrote:

So, just got my brand new 15" MBP with top of the line specs. This is coming from my old 2011 MBP in which I was finding Lightroom performance to be a struggle.

My old laptop didn't have a graphics card, and my new one has a decent one. So, performance is better, but I'm still a little taken back by how often that "loading" indicator still comes up and the fact it stays on for a few seconds when loading each picture.

Corrections are fast and snippy, but changing between photos in Develop mode (slow), and in Library mode (slow, but not as slow as in Develop mode).

Unfortunately, I'm not seeing the big jump in performance as I would have expected. There is no reason Lightroom can't make navigating their Lightroom libraries as seamless and as responsive as the Mac Photos app. Disappointed in Lightroom's poor performance on the latest and greatest Spec'd out MBP.

That is all.

Tips? Does anyone out there have solid performance from their Lightroom?

You're not experiencing anything abnormal - It's not your computer. It's Lightroom, and the way it must process the files on the fly as you switch between modules and images.

I agree! And like the OP, I have a new, top of the line MBP. LR is kind of a dog! Always has been in some areas. Like scrolling in Grid; the older iPhoto and many other app's blow it away. The Adobe team is aware of this and have promised to work in increasing the performance, specifically through the GPU. But there are other products that are massively faster and some tasks than LR (for example, in terms of just viewing the raws, check out FastRawViewer!

IMO, the best way to get a smoother (more Mac-like) experience is to use smart previews instead of developing raw files directly. This is best done (and most beneficial) using a workflow that places the raw images on a separate external drive.

I agree too. All my images get converted to DNG and I build Smart Reviews but still, LR while a great product, is not anything close to best in class in terms of speed for, well virtually any task. Hopefully this will change in the future.

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