Lightroom slowdown

It’s been a while since I last did some Lightroom work now. Since then, version 2.3 has arrived.

This evening I sat down to process some shots I made down by the waterfront today. I did some basic adjustments, and then one single gradient before I decided to tweak the sharpness be bit.

Bad idea!!

It seems like Lightroom is unable to response to the sharpness sliders when there is a gradient in the stack. I haven’t tried it with local editing, but I expect similar behavior. The strange thing is that it doesn’t really consume CPU or RAM while doing this, and if it did, I have loads of both. It looks more like the gradient makes the software prone to napping. It’s just slow for no good reason. I mean, if it slowed down due to the intense calculations needed to process the gradient I could understand. It seems like it’s just some very poor quality programming, like Adobe goofed. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last, but I hate it every time.

Just some left behind bananas.


The picture of the rotten bananas was not meant to be illustrative, it was just a lucky coincident. LightRoom, like bananas, are quite good, but not when it has turned bad.


2 Responses to “Lightroom slowdown”

  1. March 23, 2009 at 10:59

    Haven’t tried 2.3 yet, but get similar problems with 2.2.

    Lightroom appears to have quite a lot of sloppy programming in the local adjustments – memory leaks & slowdown all over the place.

  2. 2 Kjell
    March 24, 2009 at 7:44

    Tha’s too bad, because I really like the gradient and local adjustment. Hope they didn’t fire too many of their LR developers lately. They really do need the manpower to improve this thing.

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