FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE HELP ME.
I've been using Lightroom since before the CC days and have always been very happy with the program until recently. While I fully understand that the program is progressing quite quickly and could potentially render some computers obsolete for the newer versions of the program, I don't believe that this could or should be the case for why LR is running so poorly. Following the previous update I was encountering intermittent moments of extreme bog down in the program that I was hoping would be fixed by the most recent update, but have thus far only encountered a further lack of usability. LR is struggling to import batches of photos, giving me the spinning ball of death when I simply try to access menus, taking no less than 4-5 seconds to switch between photos, and the same time over again to respond to any of the editing sliders, presets, etc., giving me the spinning ball of death or crashing often times when I try to enter into the develop module, god forbid I'd want the luxury of switching between photos within the develop module instead of the library!
In short, LR is downright not useable.
I'm no computer genius, but these are things I've done as of now:
- I have turned off the Graphics Processor
- Dropped JPEG preview sizes in general
- In Catalog settings I have lowered both preview size and quality to the minimum
- Have increased my Camera Raw Cache settings to 70gb (which seems ridiculous)
- Have Optimized my Catalogs
Things I have not done:
- Turned off Sharpen, Lens Correction, Noise reduction for every photo (because I think this is absolutely ridiculous)
- Consolidated all of my catalogs
- Shrunk folder sizes
While I've heard that these last items can sometimes help, I refuse to pay monthly for a program that is going subject me to the rage of such tedium, and I refuse to believe that Adobe is that irresponsible that they would make this program so power hungry and memory intensive that it would be too hip for a 1 year old computer.
To either adobe or some interweb white knight, please help me make my photos sparkly and pretty before I set my computer on fire and throw an adult temper tantrum. I'd be eternally grateful for any help.
I'm currently working on a mid 2015 15inch Macbook Pro Retina with all of the system specs listed down below.
Lightroom version: CC 2015.7 [ 1090788 ]
License: Creative Cloud
Operating system: Mac OS 10
Version: 10.11 
Application architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 2.5 GHz
Built-in memory: 16,384.0 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 16,384.0 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 578.9 MB (3.5%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 994.8 MB
Memory cache size: 96.3 MB
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 8
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2
Displays: 1) 2880x1800
Graphics Processor Info:
AMD Radeon R9 M370X OpenGL Engine
Check OpenGL support: Passed
Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
Version: 4.1 ATI-1.42.15
Renderer: AMD Radeon R9 M370X OpenGL Engine