New Luminar 4.1.1 update: better performance for editing sessions and support for the Dutch language.

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    Wolfgang Jarcik

    Also ich habe das Update heute installiert, aber von eine Performanceverbesserung kann ich leider überhaupt nicht feststellen. Bis ich nach dem Start von Luminar ein Bild in meinem kleinen Katalog mit 11 Bildern beginnen kann, vergehen ca. 15 Sekunden. Der Wechsel von einem Bild zu Nächsten Dauer in etwa gleich lange. Und ganz schlimm ist das Exportieren, 1 Bild mit nur wenigen Bearbeitungen zu einem jpg ist nicht unter 30 Sekunden zu schaffen.

    So I installed the update today, but unfortunately I can not see any improvement in performance at all. It takes about 15 seconds before I can start an image in my small catalog with 11 images after starting Luminar. The change from one picture to the next takes about the same length of time. And exporting is very bad, 1 image with just a few edits to a jpg is always at least 30 seconds.

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    David Dunk

    Unfortunately this 4.1.1 update has broken the plugins functionality on my Mac running Catalina.
    Not one of my listed plugins work, including Aurora, Photolemur and all Topaz apps.
    So...once again...I have reverted back to 4.1 and all plugins are now working again.

    I also didn't notice any noticeable improvement in performance while running the 4.1.1 update. So, other than the new Analytics option, I guess I don't see enough improvement to justify an update so...back to 4.1 for me.

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    CARCANADE Jean-Michel

    Hello, same for me. Exporting a jpg takes 42s on my MacBook pro 2012 (with SSD and 16Go RAM)! With Capture One for the same thing  it only takes 5s. Using some tools like "delete" or "duplicate" block the computer for 20s for me. Painful! There is still a lot of work to do!

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    Victoria Grace

    Hi Jean-Michelle,

    Could you please contact us at https://skylum.com/support so that we could have a deeper look into this matter?

    Also, could you please send us your hardware configuration? Click on Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen, click About This Mac, and make a screenshot of the window that opens. Check out this article (click this text to open link) about making screenshots on Mac if you need help with that. Attach the screenshot to your email.

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    Colin Grant

    I agree re the plugins and have raised it with Support. I do perceive some improvement, it seems a little snappier. Not perfect but better.

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    Colin Grant

    Have noticed that thumbnails of edited files are showing significant artefacts. See attachment

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    Helena Carter

    David Dunk

    As to the third-party plugins, we're sorry about your experience. We will fix this in the next update pretty soon.

    Colin Grant,

    Please, reach us via https://skylum.com/support regarding this.

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    Christopher Lord

    Third-party plug-ins are also broken on an iMac running Mojave.

    There can be no excuse for such sloppy programming and testing.

    Don't promise to fix it in some future update "pretty soon", fix it now!

    I have stuck with you guys since  well before the Luminar applications but my loyalty is seriously compromised now. I am a member of a large and thriving Camera Club and I am often asked about alternatives to Photoshop as fellow members know I have some experience of a number of other editing programs. In all conscience I can no longer suggest they take a look at Luminar.

    It is so sad because if it worked consistently and well it would suit many down to the ground being simple and yet powerful.

    Please, please get your act together Skylum.

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    Colin Grant

    Christopher has a very valid point, Helena. The latest update has brought some improvement to performance on my Mac but the update like so many others has broken something else. Surely you cannot believe that saying it will be fixed in due course is good enough - a patch should be our pretty much immediately. It should be a priority as should formal notification from Skylum itself.

    Think about the recent history, two updates have been released and pulled so that "unforeseen" bugs could be fixed before general release. The second of these two updates, 4.1.1, has now been re-released and some of the functionality that up until now has been rock solid stable and part of peoples workflow does not work. What is Skylum's response - oh sorry we'll fix it in due course!

    Please, you really must do better than this.

    I have also reported the bug to Support but have had nothing meaningful back as yet.

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    Wolfgang Jarcik

    ... and please finally do something for a performance improvement and don't always ask about the hardware configuration with your standard answers. Many users now have problems, even those with top equipment. The closing of the critical contributions doesn't help either.

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    Helena Carter

    Christopher Lord

    The third-party plugins issue will be fixed in 4.2.0. Please, stay tuned for the exact date.

    Colin Grant,

    Thanks for your feedback. We will reply to your email asap.

    Wolfgang Jarcik,

    We will continue improving the performance in the next update. Many of the customers have noticed big improvements recently and we will surely continue making our software better, as promised.

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    Colin Grant

    I have noticed significant improvements and an grateful. Some I guess are down to me increasing ram but the last update was subsequent to that and it has helped. It is still not as good as the competition but it has made the software better to use. Heartening to note the bug will be fixed in 4.2 but presumably that is a long way off seeing as we have only just had the 4.1.1 patch (that broke the plugins). Why cannot just a single maintenance patch be issued to give us back functionality we have already paid for. This is just plain not fair.

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    Wolfgang Jarcik

    Hi Helena Carter,

    I've read pretty much all the posts here (including windows), but I've actually found very few positive contributions to the performance. To speak of many positive messages from customers here is astonishing.

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    Colin Grant

    Helena,

    You say the plugin bug will be fixed in 4.2. Therefore can you explain the following response from Elena of Support in relation to my email on the matter. This really is beyond belief.

    We need to be able to reproduce the issue on our end in order to understand at which point it occurs. Please send us a screen recording.

    You can upload the files to our Dropbox:

    • Visit this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/IdIbf10IBAbflUJyM8FA
    • Click 'Choose files' (see attached screenshot): http://prntscr.com/qrokub 
    • Select the file(s) on your computer.
    • After you see all the files you need to send appear in the list, enter your First nameLast name and Email address.
    • Click 'Upload'.
    • After the files have finished uploading, contact us back to make sure that we've received them.

     




     

     

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    Victoria Grace

    Hi Colin,

    This answer must have been submitted before the developers determined the problem and included the fix in the next update. So as soon as we got an update from them, Helen notified you about it. That's why we'd asked you to send us a screen recording earlier as this would help our dev team to find a solution faster.

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    Dayo Akanji

    Not good enough with these releases Victoria.

    Why is it that virtually every single release has such bugs?

    Not good enough at all.

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    Alexander Sviridov

    Found out about this software, bought a couple of tutorials that were based on previous versions - got super excited to switch from Adobe Family ... and here I am. Happy I didn't hit "buy". 

     Boy it's such a slow piece of code. All the previous tutorials that were focusing on "workspaces" and how customizable Luminar is are going to waste; I could barely follow them because all the buttons and icons are called differently now. 

    I think you guys are relatively new to do such a drastic UI change while the performance is still in "not usable" status. My Mac Air that has no problem editing RAW in Lightroom and Photoshop was running a fan like crazy trying to adjust an Exposure in Luminar 4. 

    I'll wait until it usable I guess. Good idea, but not there yet. Please focus on the core of the software, not the new features. 

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    Kate Williams

    Hi Alexander,

    We have plenty of tutorials dedicated to Luminar 4 and the workflows involving this particular version. I invite you to visit our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/macphunsoftware/playlists Moreover, there are a lot of videos posted on our Affiliates' channels. 

    As for performance - there's great room for improvement, and our team has several major tasks dedicated to that. For now, the best practice would be to keep fewer photos in one catalog, work with an internal drive (preferably, SSD) and keep the computer up-to-date. 

     

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    Wolfgang Jarcik

    Hi Kate Wiiliams,

    that's exactly what I've been doing for months, lots of catalogs with just a few pictures, everything stored on an internal SSD and a Macbook that meets all the requirements -> PERFORMANCE simply miserable and the program really not useful.

    I am excited when the promises for improvement will finally be realized.

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    Alexander Sviridov

    "Not useful" - exactly Wolfgang - it's a key word for this release. 

    If the industry standard Lightroom performs well on a given computer - then any program that want to compete should aim at the same performance regardless of any "different" features they offer. 

     I currently test DxO Photolab 3 and ON1.

     ON1 has a very nice price and it uses filters and layers as Luminar used to be. (I'm still using a trial, because as I said I'm switching from Lightroom, but I think that ON1 is a way to go for me. Luminar 4 is useless now.)

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    Mayukh Das

    hi,

    I don't know what is wrong with Luminar 4. I am struggling with numerous issues and the prime one is export option.

     

    Not a single image is exported. The screen becomes unresponsive and numerous restart doesn't make any difference.

     

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    Colin Grant

    Try exporting to a different folder. I had exactly the same thing and doing that overcame the issue. Why it happened in the first place in anyone's guess; another of Luminars mysteries.

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    Mayukh Das

    I tried . But its not working.

     

    I got an email from Skylum team to  delete the software and reinstall.

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    Colin Grant

    This software is fundamentally flawed imo. 

     

     

     

     

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    Thierry Passeron

    Mayukh Das it happened to me also, restarted the software, the Mac and still exporting was not possible for one picture only, all pictures where being exported. I noticed in the Library that all the pictures where selected and had to click a "deselect all" button in the top right corner of the main window area. After that I could export "one" picture. I was surprised I even selected all the pictures but this was mainly due to the fact I was searching for square bracket shortcut to zoom in and zoom out which is not possible due to my French keyboard layout. Hope it helps.

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    Thierry Passeron

    Hi everyone. I +1 to all the comments that say that Luminar is way too slow as of today. On my 4 cores (4GHz) i7 iMac with SSD and 24GB ram it is very difficult to browse pictures. Depending on the picture, it may take between 10 to 40 seconds before a 24 Mega Pixel picture is "fully" rendered on screen. In Lightroom it takes less than 2 seconds for each picture to be fully rendered. Luminar's slowness is very annoying in the long run. 

    This is even more annoying now that I tried a raw file from a Sony A7R mark iV which is a 61 Mega Pixels camera and the file loaded in 3 minutes! On Lightroom the same file loaded in about 4 seconds.

    So ... better performance for editing session?

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    Larry Sang

    Add me to a list of those who watched all the great reviews of this app and were ready to abandon Lightroom.  It is crippled.  I have a 5k Quad i7 iMac with 64GB of RAM with Radeon Pro 580 8GB.  You would think I was editing on a 2005 Mac Mini.  I cannot believe I paid for this app.

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    Anastasia Davis

    Larry Sang Hi! Our software does what we advertise. If there are any technical issues, please reach our support team: https://skylum.com/support

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    Colin Grant

    What you mean the Library performs as advertised when you were pushing Luminar 3. You mean the performance is at an acceptable level. I think what we can say it it performs as expected. And despite claims that you are working on performance there is very little evidence of it.

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    Colin Grant

    Larry Sang I agree with you entirely. What I have read though is that other editing apps have had issues where 5k monitors are involved. It seems the gpu has to work extra hard to achieve the resolution and that can impact adversely when editing heavily. That said, I am not on 5K and the performance sucks here. So if I am suffering with 4K you have no chance with 5K.

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