Luminar has really great features for photo editing and the library feature is coming along nicely. I understand that tags and photo searching are coming soon. However, there are some really important basic functionality issues that I think can be resolved fairly easily, but would REALLY make a big difference. These things are very easy to do in many photo programs, but in Luminar they are still a challenge, which makes me use programs like Aperture and Photos on Mac, when I should be using Luminar. Typical everyday tasks could include:
1. Somebody mentions something about a trip and I want to show my friends an edited version of a photo from that trip on my computer.
2. I want to make a photo book with photos from a number of different trips.
3. I want to quickly send an edited version of a photo to someone.
There are several issues with these tasks:
1. I have a big library In Aperture and Photos, there is a preview image of the edited version of all my photos which is always stored in the cache, so you can quickly look through all your photos. In Luminar, it only works if you have looked at/edited the photo recently, even though I have maxed out the cache slider (100 GB) in the preferences. This has gotten faster, but in programs like Aperture and photos, I can scroll through thousands of photos in many different projects almost immediately to find what I am looking for. In Luminar, I have to wait and wait.
2. I have a number of photos stored on a Synology NAS. In both Aperture and Luminar, I have those files in my library as remote referenced files. In both Aperture and Luminar, you can see a preview image of that photo even when the server is offline. For Aperture, I can immediately look through ALL of the edited previews of those photos wherever I am. In Luminar though, it doesn't have an option to store all of the photos in the cache, just whichever ones were recently viewed/edited, and I can't control which ones end up in the cache. So I can't rely on being able to pull up any image I want to view or show to someone.
3. If I want to put a photo into a photo book project or to send them to someone in an email, in Aperture and Photos, I just drag and drop the preview image from the photo program directly to where I want it to go and it automatically exports the edited version. If I try to do the same thing in Luminar, it exports the original file. This is a problem if I want to send them the edited version I worked so hard to make. I have to do the extra step of exporting to the desktop first in Luminar.
I think these issues have simple solutions.
1. There should be an option to store previews of every photo in your library in the cache, even though that takes more hard drive space. It should be a choice the user has. Not full resolution images, but partial resolution previews. In Aperture, that is adjustable. That way we can see the photos when we aren't connected to the server and we can quickly scroll through all the images.
2. Dragging and dropping the original files makes sense within Luminar folders/libraries. But if I drag a photo from Luminar to an external folder or application, it should export the edited version, because that is what I see on the screen in Luminar and that is what it looks like I am dragging to the other program.
I did report both of these issues to the Luminar team before, but that was awhile ago, and they are REALLY important items.
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