It’s me again, Robin … I really don’t want to be harping on like a p-i-t-a !! - but this is an issue that’s oft reported - and, with your high profile, I reckon a lot of people will be taking notice of this thread … So, I’ll persist if you don’t mind too much … I’m genuinely aiming to be constructive.
OK - To clarify, I’m assuming you mean that PL has never before encountered this folder of images and, therefore, there are no entries for these images in its database, and there are no sidecar files in this folder. I’m also guessing this folder contains 100s (or perhaps even 1000s) of images (?).
I’ll emulate that scenario on my environment (a reasonably well configured Win10 PC: i7-9700 CPU @ 3.4GHz and 16GB memory - I’m using PhotoLab v3.2.0 - Build 4344)
- I created a new folder - and moved 1000 RAW files to it, nothing else
- I deleted my PL database, to be sure these images were not represented therein
- I changed my default presets back to DxO Standard
- I pointed PL at this folder … and waited 32 seconds for the Image Browser to complete loading all 1000 thumbnails. (Note: I’m still in “Photolibrary” mode … not in “Customise” mode)
My test preferences are:
The seemingly “obvious” conclusion from this test is that my PC is 1000s x times faster than yours … which I reckon is highly unlikely ! … But there’s more; I then checked the folder contents, and found nothing there but the 1000 RAW files I had moved to it … no sidecar files.
I then chose one image and switched to “Customise” mode:
- I made a simple slider adjustment - and closed PL
- I checked the folder and found only one sidecar/.dop file … for the single image I had corrected.
Conclusion: I’m really puzzled - - Your experience matches that of others, but I cannot emulate it.
Can you see anything in my methodology (above) that’s different from what you’re doing ?
Regards, John M
PS. @sgospodarenko are you able to add any insights to this ?