Skip to comments.New to Macs, help with Lightroom, please.
Posted on 02/14/2012 2:23:58 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
We are new to apple/macs, and our Lightroom software has gone a bit glitchy. Apparently I have the dreaded beach ball spiral of death or something like that. When we try to edit photos we get this beach ball spiral symbol in our software window. It almost acts like it needs reinstalling but some blogs I've read said that does not work. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Get rid of the Apple and get a real PC. (Stated for the benefit of those Apple users that always visit the PC threads and suggest dumping the PC for an Apple.)
Just kidding of course, I have no idea what Lightroom is. =) Just thought I'd beat the Linux people to it for a change.
I know nothing of Mac, but the SBBOD (spinning beach ball of death) seems to be the same kind of bane as the Windows BSOD (blue screen of death).
More memory (at least 4gb) and 10 percent or more FREE hard drive hard drive space will help. Also, run the Disk Utility program to repair permissions. If your images are really big that may be a factor.
Ouch. Now that I know about, unfortunately.
Yep. Spinning beachballs are timeouts, and on the Mac that usually means data shuffling in limited memory space, either RAM or HD. The other thing that can bring about the same problem is lack of proper memory clearing, either by a buggy program, or a collision with another program that's either dirty, or a memory hog.
Use Dogpile dot com and the ampersand (&) with the query “mac lightroom & spinning ball” and you’ll get more specific posts and entries from other Mac specific sites and “users” with the same issue.
The reply that included “ram” as a possible answer might be right on target. Lightroom is ram hungry and with a Mac being used for graphics there’s no such thing as too much ram. I have 32GB installed in my 8 core and there’s times I wish I had gone to 64gb.
The spinning ball (unlike the blue screen of death) does not mean your hard drive has problems. It means your Mac is stuck trying to open the program or open the image. Ram could be the reason in both cases. Repairing permissions is among the first things to do to eliminate that possibility as the culprit.
BTW: Dealmac dot com has a nice “user’s forum” that covers the gamut. Talking with a group of Mac users will be beneficial. Look for the forum link on the right side of the page under “helpful links”.
OWC or Newegg sell memory at reasonable prices.
I use Macs, and hadn’t heard of Lightroom. Is this a program that came on your Apple computer, or is it something you purchased and installed yourself? A search shows Lightroom is an Adobe Photoshop program. You might want to contact them if you can’t find an answer to the beachball problem. Anytime the beachball comes up, it means the computer is thinking, or working. If it’s lasting a long time, you may need more RAM, especially if you run several programs at the same time.
I've had a Mac for years, but I finally bought an instruction book for it - Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual
And that book agrees that cleaning up permission problems by using the Disk Utility - go to launchpad, and click on "Utilities" - can cure a multitude of sins. I had a different problem - a new hard drive had an installer which wouldn't run, and the drive didn't even show up on the desktop - but Utilities found it and formatted it snic-snac (it was helpful to know that the "Erase" command formats a drive). I've enjoyed reading the book, and would recommend it. $35 list, tho . . .
What you have described is IMPOSSIBLE as MACS are literally perfect.
Are you using Safari? If so, on occasion, I get the spinning wheel when Adblocker stops and ad from popping up and “fights with it.” Sort of a hiccup/stumble. Then it clears up. However, it doesn’t seem to be doing this after an update several months ago.
The larger the catalog one is working with, the more RAM needed. A high end graphics card also helps.
For large catalogs, either use the high-end iMac with the best card available and max RAM, or a MacPro also trickled out.
Optimize performance | Lightroom
Thanks for the info.
Thanks for the suggestions - I do think it has something to do with ram - it worked great in the beginning but as the available ram began to shrink the system worked slower and slower. My husband took a photography workhshop in Idaho last fall, and the teacher had a mac and let the students work on it and then my husband had to have one when we got home. It’s been quite a challenge.
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Get a PC - a really big one!
Make sure the audio is turned off!
Mine did that w/ the audio on. Started saying
‘You are getting sleepy’ over and over.
Fortunately my wife cam home early and caught it just before my eyes closed.
No telling how long I would have been hypnotized.
Couldn’t resist. Have 3 Macs and love them.
Of course not. Nobody makes a Lightroom equivalent for Linux, a professional photography workflow solution. Darktable (oh, how original the naming) is trying to get there, but still far away. It doesn't help that color management on Linux sucks, and certain things need to be licensed.
They require moving un-accessed images to referenced files They are extremely resource intense. I agree with others: monthly maintenance In addition monthly I use Disk Warrior iFreeMem is also worthwhile I prepare on a regular basis, I use a four engine MacPro with Soon I will be upgrading my video card and Hope this helps
Lightroom is a DAM(digital asset manager)
similar to Aperture.
i.e. the require large amounts of RAM and disk space.
of repairing file permissions.
to repair inodes.
for reclaiming leaked memory..
photo files of 500 meg
for my print shop.
and do not get spinning balls.
8 gig of memory and 3 Terabytes of disk
with an advanced video card.
doubling my CPU to eight engines.
They require moving un-accessed images to referenced files
They are extremely resource intense.
I agree with others: monthly maintenance
In addition monthly I use Disk Warrior
iFreeMem is also worthwhile
I prepare on a regular basis,
I use a four engine MacPro with
Soon I will be upgrading my video card and
Hope this helps
“Get rid of the Apple and get a real PC.”
That has the same appeal as getting rid of a BMW in order to get a Fiat.
What are the specifications of your Mac? (what model, how much memory, etc.) We would assume you are running OS X 10.7 (Lion) - but regardless, is the operating system updated to the latest (in the case of Lion - 10.7.3 would be the latest).
Not knowing what model you have, or how much memory is installed leaves us sort of hanging on that regard - Any computer with 4GB or less is asking for lags, hangs, and general frustration when doing anything beyond reading emails. That is the game regardless of operating system.
Also - be certain that you have the latest version of Lightroom.
I have no idea - if you were asking me about a PC it would be no problem but I feel like I'm in a foreign country with a new language and strange surroundings. Where is that information located? I went to the launchpad and found a disk utility function but I'm afraid to do anything with it - what if "disk utility" translates into the same PC phrase as "format hard drive" ???
Click on "More Info..." and you will get a window that resembles this (with a little more info and some tabs):
From there, you can find whatever specs, data, and info you could possibly want or need.