Is it faster if the computer is not online?
Also, I presume you have run a File > Optimise Catalog?
John, it is lightening fast when I went off line. However, then when I went back on-line again it was just as fast. Let me experiment with this a bit. I do optimize the catalog on each and every exit(well at least once a day when I am using the program).
Thanks for the reply....will post again after I have ran a few more online off line comparisons.
As stated previously, launch of LR while off line is almost instantaneous. Then when back on-line it would gradually degrade over time.
I used my Disk Utility App to Verify the disk and there were no problems, however I also used the Verify Disk Permissions. There was a great number of discrepancies reported. I ran the Repair Disk Permissions and it repaired all but a handful. I am not sure of the meaning of these incorrect permissions remaining, but they appeared to deal mostly with a printer that I have.
Since Repairing Permissions, the launch times are now either instantaneous or at the most about 15 seconds. This seems acceptable to me.
In another forum someone mentioned that they leave LR running in the background and exit once a week to back up the catalog. Thought this was a good suggestion to try.....if only to let my frustration rest. :-)
PS: Just curious. If one goes off-line, launches LR and then goes back on-line while LR is running.....is there a downside to that????