Ever since Lightroom 5 has been released by Adobe, I have been actively using it and comparing with Lightroom 4. So far, I have only been happy with the new release and found most new functions to be both useful and well implemented. Our upcoming Lightroom 5 review is almost done and, for a while there, I thought it would be positive from start all the way through. But only recently I found certain troubling performance issues. These issues can either be version specific and thus affect all users, or it can be some sort of a local issue only present on my system.
Firstly, I’ve experienced a slight slow-down when importing and exporting photographs. I have not yet made a direct comparison with Lightroom 4, so this may just be a false initial impression. I will thoroughly test this and write my conclusions in my Lightroom 5 review this week. What I did compare directly between the two versions is the speed at which image thumbnails are generated in Import window. Lightroom 5 is significantly more sluggish and takes several seconds to generate a few lines of thumbnails, while Lightroom 4 is almost instantaneous on my desktop. It is so slow, in fact, that it quickly becomes irritating.
Has anyone else experienced such a slowdown with the new version of Lightroom? Please share your experience in the comments section below!