Luminar 3 so slow

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    Luciano Stabel

    I'm also facing this issue. The 2018 version runs fine, but version 3 is impossible to use. It takes a lot to load and the response time using the software makes my computer looks like an old and tired elephant. 

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    Ed Dumas

    I agree 2018 opens way faster than v3....likely loading all the Catalog previews takes time, also bigger your catalog when you move around looking at photos larger folders have to regen previews for you to see. Oh well 2020 will be much improved I am sure LOL

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    andy gray

    I echo Luciano..........I am continuing to use 2018 version fine for raw, whereas the luminar 3 is way to slow with raw as to be of use.......very very sad.

    dxo photolab 2 is my alternative and edits raw as quick as jpg....come on skylum, sort this out....in beta testing

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    Manos Peponas

    Terribly slow!!! Hey guys do something!!! Luminar 2018 is by far better than Luminar 3.

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    Richard van Laanen

    I have installed Luminar 3 on both a Mac and a Windows PC. Same problem on both platforms. Slow to build catalog, slow starting, no as smooth as Luminar 2018. I bought Luminar 2018, so the upgrade is free of charge, but I am sticking to Lightroom with Luminar 2018 as plugin.

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    Angela Andrieux

    We're aware of the performance issues, and we're truly sorry if you encountered them.

    We will release an update meant to target these issues in the end of January - beginning of February.

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    Ed Dumas

    Yeah, I bought 2018 yr ago too, F**king upgrade is worse than last version...Skylum ain't stupid they KNOW it is like this, Is all about the $$$$$ for the newbies who are new to the photo editing world, thier "Looks" are quick fix for rookies   

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    Kuntal Sarkar

    Same here, I was trying to edit one picture, but whole application is like moving molasses. Wow! so much promise and so little outcome.

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    Jordan Hansen

    Extremely slow for me as well. I have a pretty big library, but that shouldn't make it run this slow. they need to fix this asap. I had no problems with 2018, which make this even more frustrating.

     

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    David Walls

    Same here, it is so slow as to be unusable.  Just navigating the library takes a long time, but when I actually try to edit, it is like a slow slideshow.  Even worse when trying to copy settings to multiple images.

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    Steve Homer

    Just thrown good money at Luminar 3 because I'd heard good things about Luminar only to find it runs so slow its unusable, read your planning an update at End Of January.... So having got my money I have to wait a month to use the software?... Can't even install 2018 for time being as it only offers me Luminar 3 as a download

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    Michael Litt

    Same here,  It is very slow and cannot handle my collection of about 50K pictures.  The previews cache grew from 8K to 65K and seemed to be still growing.   Once it got to 50K it then slowed down and crashed and then froze on startup screen for over 2 hrs when restarted. I deleted the catalog and imported 6K photos in and it is slow but usable.  However once I edit a photo and go back to select it, the colors are corrupt. The filters are also very slow as well compared to 2018.  Major memory problem for sure or they left debug code in.  Seen that many times. This is not even Beta as others called it.  I think we are the beta program.  They released us an alpha.  I like 2018 despite its flaws (esp windows version) and Skylum has been very good with adding some of the missing features into the windows version. But this is usable and seems like Mac version no better. 50K files is not that many.   If they ran a beta test it was to people that do not use it and are lightroom users who like to play with software and like the trainer imported about 100 files and said no issue, works great. I would like to see their instructors do a video on using it with 100K or 1M photos.  The one instructional video even was proud it did not use much space for the catalog, but mine was over 1G with 50K in it, Sure better than capture1 and lightroom but if that is what is required to be usable so be it.  There catalogs about 3-4G.  I have my catalogs on a removable USB HDD so not a big deal.   Not sure external HDD was tested as well, at least on windows version.. That seems to be worse than on internal C-drive.     

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    Janus Vollmer

    I bought the software yesterday as I read very good things about Luminar 3 in several reviews. Had I known before that it's so slow on my fast PC with Windows 10, to the point that I can't use it at all, I would have never purchased it. I feel ripped off.

    In the current state selling this software is like a scam. You pay money for something you can't use. A patch that offers basic functionality a month from now is unacceptable. 

    I will never buy anything from Skylum again nor recommend it to anyone.

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    Ken Waller

    Luminar 3 (for Mac) has turned Luminar 2018 into a bloated, useless piece of junk. It takes forever to load, and is totally unresponsive when in use.

    What have you done to turn something so good into something so terrible?

    I'm going back to Lightroom until you can get this mess of a program working how it should do again.

    Are you even listening Skylum? I fear not....

     

     

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    Joseph Morelli

    That is BOGUS, why should we have to split up our catalog just because this POS is junk. You sold us on an alternative to Lightroom and this is BY FAR no where near lightroom. You put it out before fully testing on all platforms and now you are scrambling to get it fixed and to put out the fires of all the bad press you are getting.

     

    I am running windows 10 Pro, I7 at 4ghz and 32ghz of RAM. GTX960 video card. 

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    Ed Dumas

    I agree with all the problems , this is a nightmare not worth my time in windows version, Is still really a MAC only software, the Windows 10 version is like something you would buy on late night tv Info commercial...LR 6 I use is sooooo better and have not paid for it in 3 years ago for cheap upgrade

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    Steve Lyles

    Luminar 3 is totally unusable.... everything from loading to editing is in slow motion... not too fond of the interface either .... Lightroom is the Porsche luminar is an old beetle

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    P TS

    It's faster to load at the beginning, but viewing images takes a while - zooming in can take 30s, and applying filters is slow also.

    Brilliant bit of kit if you have all day, but too slow to be useful.

    I have a new Mac Pro with 16gb ram

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    Henk v Hoek

    Soooo slow , When I use a texture to paint , it's slower bij second....I have an Aplle, newest vesion software, SSD and 8GB intern memory , should be enough I guess !

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    Henk v Hoek

    And the answer to upgrade the pc is not what I am waiting for , and the most of us don't ! So remove the brakes and let it run like the 2018 version please ! 

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    Philippe Loret

    It is too slow, thumbnails take too long to display. Very disappointed ! Each time I restart Luminar the thumbnails are displayed one by one ... 15 seconds for 30 thumbnails. No fluidity. Picasa was a rocket compare to it, Darktable is faster.

    If I use it through the network it becomes unusable.

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    Thysje Arthur

    Waiting, waiting, waiting... It's so slow to load. And it's soooo slow to show thumbnails on a large library. I thought it was supposed to fast? Hopefully there will be some improvements soon? 

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    Austin Lippert

    I have noticed this slowness as well. Loading the library and editing photos are both too slow/resource intensive to be useful. This is far different from my overall great experience with Luminar 2018. I am looking forward to a patch.

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    Paul Pronze

    Luminar 3 is evidently not yet ready for prime time.  The drive on my new high end computer just grinds and groans as it tries to load.  I've gone back to Luminar 2018 which I love. Will be waiting for a statement from Skylum on what the time frame will be to have this fixed.

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    Tufan Zengil

    I echo everyone's comments.  Luminar 3 is too slow.  Please provide an update patch soon.  The software is not usable.  

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    Jon Cowdock

    Oh Skylum what are you doing??  You can't launch software that hasn't been tested thoroughly in real world situations.  Luminar 3 is completely unuseable on my mid-hi spec Windows 10 PC.  Whole evening wasted waiting for catalogue to load.  Serious photographers have BIG catalogues and this product clearly can't handle them.  It is way, way, way too slow.  Back to the brilliant Luminar 2018 for me.... 

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    Thysje Arthur

    I'm glad I didn't try and access ALL my library of more than 100,000 images - raw files, tiffs, psds, jpgs and all...

    I tried it on a small folder of about 3,000 images, and left it. It took half an hour and then didn't display all of the thumbs... and it's not as though I don't have a grunty machine or not enough ram. Back to using L 2018 for the fun edits only. 

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    Ed Dumas

    Good to hear Angela.

    @ thysje I am surprised at half hour to load 3000 images, I have 6000 and most are RAW files, then jpgs My 5-6yr old desktop is I7, 12 gig mem, 2gig NVIDIA graphic card, nothing new. Still loaded my catalog in maybe7-10 minutes

    I agree that any LARGE catalog dont stand a chance

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    Dave Boettcher

    Angela
    I was told there would be an update by end of December. It the update going to happen?

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    Thysje Arthur

    @Ed Dumas me too. It didn't take that long on my laptop. But for some reason Luminar 3 seemed 'stuck', so I just left it.  The next time I accessed that folder it definitely went better. Still not as it should though. 

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