What I find most effective with DxO PhotoLab for quick management of images is to make sure the folder I’m browsing only includes selects for processing. PhotoLab is very slow with hundreds of images from a session. It’s unwieldy to manage them. If I move all my selects into a folder before starting work in DxO (out of 200 images I might process between 10 and 70 depending on whether they are artistic images or an event).
FastRawViewer is my sorting and selects tool of choice as it’s fast, powerful and inexpensive. There are others like PhotoMechanic which are equally fast, have stronger keywording tools but are considerably more expensive (more than 10x). The ratings from either FRV or Bridge or even Lightroom xmp files show up in DxO PhotoLab. It may be that even the flagged images show up as selects. I’ve done less experimenting with that.
Before opening up PhotoLab I move most 4 and 5 star images into a separate folder for processing (I say most as it may be I have multiple 4 star ratings for a single image or I just have too many 4 star images for a subject and I don’t want to process them all).
If the image are pre-rated, opening the folder in DxO PhotoLab and filtering 5 star or 4/5 star images as visible also works. I’m not sure how much slower it is to have the hundreds of images there hidden in the background (are the thumbnails taking memory even if they are invisible for instance?).
All of my computers have a lot of RAM and between four and twelve processors so background RAM use or processing wouldn’t show up to me right away. My guess is that opening a folder with 30 images is much better than opening one with 300 even if filtering. I’ve found that AMD graphic cards perform better on Apple with DxO PhotoLab than either Intel onboard graphics or Nvidia cards.
Customise Column - the right hand column has everything in it including stuff I’ll likely never use. Is there a way to change the order each section is displayed so thay most used are at top?
As Mark mentioned, in Elite you can create your own workflow. I have all the modules I regularly use in the first Essentials box. In my case, that’s 16 of approximately 30 modules which make up full PhotoLab.
I have them in the order in which I like to use them as well. Normally I also start with all of them off as starting with some of them active leads to lazy processing and over processing. For event processing, I create a preset early on and then apply that preset to all images as I go (usually even pictures share many white balance and lighting characteristics so presets are really useful for speed).
Isn’t DxO PhotoLab amazing in its flexibility and power?