Luminar Neo




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    Luminar consumes a lot of RAM, that is known. That Skylum still specifies 8 GB as a minimum requirement, better 16GB or higher, is ridiculous. Of course Luminar runs with it, but it is permanently swapped. The SSD is then gradually written broken. 16 GB is also too little. In addition, the performance suffers during swap. From my point of view, the requirements should be changed to 32 GB or higher. Here everything runs over the RAM, nothing is swapped more.
    That you get a message that you use a lot of RAM suggests that you have very little RAM installed.

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    Elena Blum


    Usually, the performance depends on the number of photos you have in your catalog, their format (it can take a bit more time to load RAW or TIFF files), your hardware configuration, and the place where you store your photos (it works faster when the photos are located on an internal drive).

    Nevertheless, we are constantly improving the speed of the app to provide our artists with the best quality. In fact, it's one of our top priorities at the moment. 

    Could you please let us know the following:

    • How many images are there in your Library? Please send us a screenshot of your Catalog file structure as in the example: 

    Please make sure we can see the total number of photos added and all the folders.


    • Where are they located (on an internal or external drive)?
    • What's the format and size of files you're working with?
    • What’s your major concern in terms of performance? (e.g. RAW file rendering speed, export speed, etc.)
    • How much time does it take to export an image? / How much time does it take to apply an adjustment to an image?
    Could you please let us know your hardware configuration? Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen, click About This Mac, and take a screenshot of the window that opens. Check out this article (click this text to open the link) about making screenshots on Mac if you need help with that. Attach the screenshot to your email at
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