We recently bought Adobe Lightroom 2. We’re learning our way through it, so far it seems to be “camera raw on steroids” plus some additional new functions. I like the ability to save presets – a set of parameters – and them apply them to images later on. On the downside, Lightroom 2 is a resource pig. This is the first program that feels slow on my MacBook Pro. It used all 2 GB of ram, so I bought 4 GB and this helped a lot. Memory has gotten inexpensive, I found 4 GB of PC5300 ram for less than $90 including shipping. Installed it this morning. The Macbook Pro has 2 memory slots, so I had to take out the original 2 GB and replaced it with 4 GB on 2 simm’s. Anyone want to buy the original 2 GB?
I also bought an ebook on Lightroom from Michael Clark. I really like ebooks for anything but fiction. They are PDF files, so they are searchable. And trees do not have to die. I just started with the book so I don’t have an opinion on it yet.
Lightroom 2 is pure awesomeness. And still less of a resource hog than bridge+photoshop.
Have fun with LR!!!
Stew Stryker said:
I’m looking forward to a review of this ebook before I buy it. I’ve seen lots of buzz, but no thorough commentaries. Thanks!
Did it really make that much of a difference going from 2 Gigs to 4? I’m also running Lightroom with 2 Gigs and am wondering if the upgrade to 4 is worth it. Hence my question.
I also thought that the apparent problems with the new localized adjustment tools being so slow is a software issue that Adobe is addressing. I read about memory leakage problems which to me explains why the system really slows down when you’ve got more than two adjustment brush masks one one image.
Dagny Gromer said:
Markus – The difference between 2 and 4 Megs was made Lightroom usable. It was so slow with 2 megs that I’d click on a button, wait … wait … wait and eventually the UI responded. I work with Nikon raw images that are huge, which is likely a factor. Anyway I bought 4 MB for about $90 including shipping. My MacBook Pro has 2 memory slots which had 1 MB in each. To go to 4 MB, I had to take those out and install a pair of 2 MB memory units. Well worth the $90 IMHO.
I guess the bottom line here is, if Lightroom is slow for you max out your RAM.