I have uninstalled Luminar 3 after frustrating experiences with the much-heralded library component.
1. I directed Luminar to ingest a subset of my Pictures folder, but apparently it also scanned the backup disk, producing duplicate thumbnails of raw files (and perhaps TIFs & JPGs) on the screen.
2. When Luminar 3 opens (with Library selected when last closed) thumbnails from older files -- but not the oldest -- are rendered first. The rendering continues and then finishes, showing thumbnails of images of later work -- but not the latest. No logic here, the library rendering should conclude by revealing images from the last folder used.
3. The library thumbnails were revealed first with fuzzy, out-of-focus images which then sharpened into focus. This process of scrolling through the pictures in the library was slower and not smooth, nothing like the flashy, promotional videos promoting the upgrade. I would guess nothing but JPGs were used in those promotions and there was a lot of editing.
4. While a screen crammed with large thumbnails looks good, I find it distracting when I actually begin to work. Finding the basic information about the image takes unnecessary effort. Is it a raw file or a TIF, for example?
5. There appears to no preference settings to modify the way image information is made available. Many browsers allow the user to show dimensions, file size, etc with the thumbnail.
Perhaps, some of my problems may relate to the system I have:
macOS Mojave 10.14.1
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
Processor 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 32 GM2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Radeon Pro 580 8192 MB
Ragardless, I'm going back to Luminar 2018 and will continue to use it as a supplemental editor in situations where its AI tools will be helpful.
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