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Version 4.1 & FAST CPU are essential
, 18 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Student and Teacher Edition (Mac/PC) (DVD-ROM)
Loading up version 4.0 was a disaster and unusable - am running dual screens which I believe is known to suffer serious performance issues. 4.1RC2 was no better, but 4.1 is just about usable on my box - Intel quad Core 2 Extreme overclocked 33% with 8gb ram overclocked 20%, and 3-disk raid-0. With 4.1 still not happy when processing raw files from a D4 however, so just ordered kit to build new box - spent more parts than have on D800E... Now you see why performace is a big issue for me, 19GB files from the D4 vs. 75GB from the 800!!
I liked the fill light and recovery sliders in 3.6, not so sure the highlights and shadows sliders are as effective in 4, but then maybe I should have better control of exposure when shooting. Have compared final images from LR with same from Nikon's NX2, and you'd be hard-pressed to see any difference. Nikon's NX2 has no such performance issues, nor do I struggle using Aperture on my MacBook. The map function is great when using GPS. Overall, would I recommend LR4? In summary it seems to me one needs a very high spec machine (£1500+) to get anything like decent performance whatever you may think of the application.
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