Ok, before I begin my rant, here's my spec sheet...
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
El Capitan v.10.11.6
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
16 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC
DUAL AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
256GB SSD Internal Drive
3x 512GB SSD Samsung Eternal Drives (non-RAID)
I wanted to make sure it is already established that I am operating far beyond the "minimum system requirements". With these kinds of numbers, I should be able to manage the 3DFX for a motion feature film and not really skip a beat. I am a professional photographer and I shoot with full frame and medium format camera systems. Honestly, that is moot because I am seeing that bloody skinny wheel of death when dealing with the RAW files from both cameras.
So what's the solution to this? I dropped more than $5.5k on a new computer setup for the sole purpose of being able to streamline my photo selection/image management and editing process. Then I pay Adobe $30/mo for this software that is supposed to be the pinnacle of graphic processing and performance, and I get THIS piece of garbage. It's seriously got me wanting to chuck this Mac Pro from my loft window, but honestly I only have this issue with Lr CC. Every other software program that I run on this machine runs swimmingly, and Photoshop manages just fine for the most part - but LR crashes on me CONSTANTLY.
Furthermore, I've gone through all of the "optimizations" that the adobe developers seem to keep referencing. I increased my Camera Raw Cache settings to 15GB (and routinely dump the cache itself), minimized my image previews, turned off my OpenGL settings, and I am STILL getting that beach ball mockingly spinning in my face, maniacally laughing at my seemingly fruitless expenditure on a product that is supposed to be the flagship of creative programs.
Where is your commitment Adobe?! Why is it that your customers can dutifully pay you their hard earned money for a reliable program that, some of us, actually rely on for DAILY BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, and the best you can do is provide a dinky one-page URL with apparently worthless "optimizations" to make LR CC run more smoothly??? I'm sure if we all cancelled our subscriptions, you'd absolutely think of a more efficient and reliable software program to win back our faith - and you'd do so QUICKLY. But because you're the big giant ADOBE - noooooooo.....oh no. You don't need to hold yourselves accountable do you?! It honestly seems like you couldn't give 2kb worth of care to the people who actually CREATE THE FOUNDATION that you now stand upon!!!!
Should I have opted for the $12,000 Mac Pro instead of the dinky $4,000 model? Should I sell my audi and build a 32-core super computer that can somehow make up for this blunted excuse for a tool you wonderful people at Adobe call Lightroom? I just need to know. Please tell me: is that what kind of machinery us users need to purchase to get your software to run smoothly so we can focus on getting our WORK DONE instead of having to quietly avoid panic attacks brought on by the sheer rage that bubbles up from the depths of our SOULS when we put this much valuable time and personal resources into a product which is clearly substandard?!?! Tell me now so that I can look into selling one of my cameras that I need for my life blood just so I can reinvest it into a super-computer, if that's what's needed to get this program to run smoothly work. At least then, you're actually setting proper expectations and people know what they're getting into. Just tell the people "Yes, the program can run on these basic requirements, but if you actually want to get the FULL performance from our product, you need a NASA Super Computer worth of power to make her purr like a kitten. Then----well, MAYBE."
ANSWERS. ANYONE. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I NEED ANSWERS. Is there a hard copy of Lightroom I can download somewhere? There has to be a way around this. I'm at my wits' end.