First of all: Rome wasn't built in a day - and according to the Bible, even God didn't succeed creating the world in a single day.
That's similar to our Luminar situation, no time for a rest, yet.
So let's try to be a little patient.
And hope the most nagging problems (like total failure of the DAM if pictures reside on a drive which wasn't present when Luminar 3 got installed for the very first time) get solved with the next update.
So here's my wishlist with improvements/changes of the present DAM – and a little beyond.
1) Give us visual separation, don't show all the catalog's pictures in a constant stream. Provide an uniform grid with fixed spacings. Yes, like LR does. They don't do that without a reason. It's just better for people working with pictures. It's not about beauty, it's about practical use. Make it selectable for those who feel different about this.
Practical example: I do some amateur astrophotography. Just guess how most of my unedited pictures look like? Yeah, BLACK. So it does not help having all those pictures shown as an endless stream of black without separations. Not restricted to dark pictures, same with all kinds of uniform looking pictures.
2) Use a fixed size for the preview thumbnails, don't use dynamic sizing (narrow for portrait, larger for landscape pictures). Just a fixed size for all thumbnails, makes for a clearly arranged layout. Make it selectable for those who feel different about this.
3) Show us file names and file types with the thumbnails. I don't wish to click each and every picture just to find out which is a JPG, which is a RAW, which is the first, which is a later version. I know better ways of wasting time. And let us choose which information we like to see with the thumbnails.
4) Provide a one-glance indication of the file type. For example, a different color/shade of grey of the thumbnail's background. Maybe JPGs get a dark grey background, RAWs get a background of a lighter grey. That way, we can see at a glance which is which – without being forced to read all the picture data (hopefully) shown with the thumbnail. Let us select the color according to taste/working preferences.
5) Don't show all subfolder's contents if clicking a folder. There are lots of guys first transferring JPGs and RAW files into a folder, keeping the JPGs at the top level (for faster display), moving the RAWs into a subfolder. So they can choose the pictures to edit in the speedy JPG folder, then switch to the RAW folder and pick the right picture – which needs the file names shown with the thumbnails, see 3).
Doesn't help if all subfolder contents are shown with the top-level folder.
Make it selectable for those who don't like that.
6) Star ratings: Get rid of that "x stars and more" approach. In many cases, we like to see pictures with a specific star rating. Example: I wish to show my worst pictures (for providing a bad example or to show how to rescue a boring picture by editing), only. It's not of greater help if all other photos also show.
Yes, there's that color coding. But misusing that for replacing a working star rating would eliminate it's use for any other purpose.
Make it selectable, provide options of showing "x stars and less", "x stars and nothing else", "x stars and more". Also allow multiple selections, like "3 and 4 stars". And everybody will be happy.
7) Give us preferences. I could not believe there are none.
a) When cropping a picture, it always reverts to preserving the aspect ratio. I don't like that, I wish to crop how I believe it looks best. Sure, there's a button for deactivating that fixed aspect ratio, the lock symbol. But it doesn't stay deactivated, will be active again with the next crop.
Would be nice to be able to set a default state plus an option for keeping the latest setting.
b) Save folder. Sure, I can select the destination folder while saving/exporting a picture. But after working with folder "a" I don't wish to use the "a" folder again if I work with folder "b".
Would be nice to be able to choose a global folder (like "all finished crap") or a dynamically changing folder (automatically created as a subfolder of the present folder while saving). Yes, like LR does it. It's a good thing.
c) Mouse wheel settings – like zoom or changing the brush size. For defining keys for changing the behavior; like regular zoom function with no additional key pressed, changing the brush size if the Alt key is held, you name it.
And and and … There's so many settings worth to be saved as preferences.
Also a good way of creating just the right place for setting options for all my suggestions.
8) Progress indicators: Sometimes an action takes a little longer. But we wish to see the difference it makes. Thus we need to see when exactly that change will happen. If there's just a "working" indicator, we need to stare that the screen all the time - only to find out we blinked exactly at the moment it happened.
So give us progress indicators clearly showing when it's time to concentrate on the changes taking place.
This is a shortcoming I saw with many photo editors; and never understood, why just nobody recognizes the benefits of a real progress indicator. A simple progress bar would do. Make it large, use the bottom or top of the screen, so it doesn't cover the picture.
9) Selective Gallery/Catalog creation: I am just waiting for Luminar creating a gallery for the catalog. Takes ages. Because it reads ALL photos stored in my picture folder (and because I am presently concurrently moving a lot of gigabytes from one drive to another). Wouldn't it be nice if e. g. only JPGs are read at initial catalog/gallery creation or adding folders? Would be so much faster. And we could import all those RAWs later as we need them, or at night.
That's why an option for selecting the file types to include into the catalog might be a nice addition.
10) Selective Gallery/Catalog display: I don't wish to have all my photos shown every time I start Luminar. No, I do NOT. Most of the time, I wish to open just a single folder, the one containing pictures just transferred from my camera.
But instead of being able to happily start editing my new photos right away, I am forced to wait for the full catalog to load, which I just don't need at all.
So an option for starting Luminar without importing the full catalog would be real fine.
Next one for the preferences section to hopefully come. ;)
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