I have recently invested about £140 purchasing both Luminar and Aurora (Windows version), with the intention of running it as a plug-n hosted by Lightroom. I was persuaded by the glowing testimonials and online tutorials that these pieces of software would be perfect adjuncts to the other software that I use in my workflow. I have to say that I am severely disappointed and head-bangingly frustrated by the slow, slow, slow operation of both pieces of software. I have commented about Luminar on the Skylum Support Facebook page. Now it's Aurora's turn. I am so frustrated because I can see that Aurora has so much to offer but I am unable to tap into its vast potential because it is so slow. This morning I was pleased when the first 3 images that I processed were exported back into Lightroom in about 2 minutes each. I was not pleased when I had to reboot the computer after an hour while the file was, allegedly, being exported; nor on the subsequent 3 times when I repeated the process (I 'only' waited/wasted about 20 minutes on those occasions bwfore giving up and starting again). I was, on each occasion, working on a single TIFF file, initially edited in Lightroom and sent to Aurora. I know from my previous experience with Luminar that I have to keep Skylum edits to an absolute minimum; any movement of filter sliders has disastrous consequences when attemting to export. This morning, all I did was import from Lightroom, apply a preset reduced to 50% opacity, and press 'apply'. The cursor freezes, as does the clock, while the computer grinds away. When writing about Luminar on the Support page of Facebook I used the term 'not fit for purpose'and suggested that Skylum was guilty of taking money for a product (certainly the Windows version) that was released before its performance matched that of the Mac version. I suspect that I could say the same about Aurora. I want to use these products because they really are incredibly powerful pieces of software, but I cannot afford to continue to waste my time doing so until the performance issues have been dealt with.
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