I am seeking a new method of managing my images. I use Lightroom 6.14 at the moment but recognise that it will stop working at sometime in the future. I have downloaded a trial version of PL3 and am having some issues with it which I hope you might help with.
First my images are stored in folders by year e.g. PhotoLibrary/2018 ; PhotLibrary/2019. There are often may thousands of image files in each year. The folder 2019 stores eleven thousand. Yes I know i really should do some culling.
The first issue is a problem occurs after PL3 has scanned a folder and sub folders and then the images are moved from the sub folders up into the parent folder. Any keyword search finds the images in their new location but also reports them missing from their previous location. This clutters the display with question marks and also causes PL3 to report an incorrect number of found images. I have not found a method from within PL3 to remove all these images from the display . I have tried to filter on them but “Can not be processed” does not find them as they seem to have the status of “Ready to be processed”. Rescanning the folder also fails.
I find it odd that PL3 appears to save a database of keywords but does not provide tools to manage this database. Also it does not appear to save thumbnails which means that it takes an age to populate its display when changing from one folder to another.
So the above indicates to me that PL3 is not anywhere close to having the DAM capabilities of Lightroom 6.14 and that I need to look elsewhere. Using a third party app with PL3 should be a breeze given that PL3 started life as an uncomplicated raw editor. However a problem occurs when trying to invoke it using an “open with” or “edit with” command from another app. If the image is stored in a folder that contains thousands of images PL3 scans them meaning it is not ready to edit and is generally slow and unresponsive.
This performance is doubly annoying because DxO have a Lightroom plugin that does allow a single image to be edited. When run it causes the image to to placed into a DxO project which restricts PL3 to just the images in the project. This useful feature does not appear to be available to other applications such as the Finder or NeoFinder.
Talking of projects why is there no smart projects i.e. one that automatically update as keywords are added to images? After all if you have a database its a pity not to use it.
I’m on day three of my trial and so far I’ve not tried to edit any images as I can’t see a way to use PL3 with any other app other than Lightroom. Frankly the folder scanning is clunky and a resource hungry when dealing with folders containing a large number of images.