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Monday, April 16, 2012

Lightroom 4.0, what a headhache!

More or less three weeks ago I bought Lightroom 4.0, the improvements and features over 3.6 looked so promising that I didn't hesitate a second to order it. Once installed I stared to update few photos to the new version; I was aware that the program was going to interpreter the settings and adapt them and I also knew that the images would probably look quite different. This was indeed confirmed so I had to re-edit a bit of photos, but I discovered it was extremely hard.

The program was sluggish to say at least, the lag when moving the mouse around the image, or clicking from one photo to another or doing all sort of thing I could easily do on 3.6 had become incredibly long. But this wasn't the worst problem, in fact once I started playing with the clone tool and paint brush things went out of control. The delay became unbearable and surprise surprise, a very odd green banding started to show up in my monitor. What was even more annoying was the fact that the green banding would also transfer to the photos exported to a folder in my hard disk, turning them unusable. 

I browsed a bit the web and discovered that I wasn’t the only one with such problem, in fact hundreds of people, at least among those following specialist forums, were suffering the same delays and other more or less important flaws. Adobe put out in extreme hurry a 4.1 version that haven’t sort out the lag problems, is a beta and the final version will be released in June but it looks like they still have some work to do.

To make a long story short I deleted 4.0 from my PC and went back to 3.6a giving up the truly amazing new features that the new Lightroom was packed with. I don’t think Adobe will refund me for the purchase of 4.0 and I’m not even interested, what bugs me is that I will have to wait until they come up with software that rolls at least as well as the previous one. I have learnt my lesson the hard way, next time before any upgrade I’ll let the others do the test for me and then decide whether to join in or not. 


thomas said...

The way of the picture optimizations has changed, but I thought that an optimization of the pictures (Lightroom 4) is also possible on the basis of Lightroom 3. Isn't?

Nicola Zingarelli said...

Thomas I wish that the problem was the optimization, the fact is that Lightroom 4.0 in my computer, as well as in many others (check is darn slow. In few days I'll try an update on my PC system to see if I have any improvement, I'll keep you posted. ciao

thomas said...

Well, that puts Adobe to shame.

thomas said...

hi nicola,
have you already solved your lightroom probs, or are you still in trouble? computer problems are realy laboriously. :-)

Nicola Zingarelli said...

Thomas, I have gone back to 3.6 and when I will send the PC to upgrade next week. Once done I will install 4.0 again and see what happens. Thanks, ciao Nicola