Luminar 3 has had a rough start for many users, especially Windows users. On my aging desktop (AMD Phenom II X4 925 Processor 2.80 GHz with 8GB RAM/NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 and non-SSD hard drive) v3.0.0 was terribly slow. The work-a-around for the slowness, in my case, was to delete the Luminar Catalog folder in the Pictures folder and create another in a different location. Also, in the new location I only indexed a few photos. That gave me a Luminar 3 that I could at least work with. It works somewhat smoother on my Surface Pro 3 with an SSD.
Today I ran the 3.0.1 update on both machines and I'm happy to report that L3 continues to work on both of them. L3 seems a little bit faster. Much work remains to be done and thus I anxiously await the performance update scheduled for the end of January/early February. Frankly, I am somewhat surprised they gave in to the pressure to release L3 with the catalog feature as, at least on the Windows platform, it clearly was not ready for a prime time release. That said, Skylum was facing mounting criticism for not delivering a Luminar with digital asset management. It was a good thing they made a decision not to charge Luminar 2018 owners for Luminar 3. I am going to guess it will take another 2 or 3 updates in 2019 to make L3 an app most of us can find truly useful and fully workable.
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