I've been attempting to transition from LR (purchase version 6) to PSu where now I have a working 64-bit app that fully supports dual screen operations including: filing (DAM), editing (a la Photoshop-compatible basic editing), more processing, output. So, color me spoiled, but that's what I would expect in this app and what clearly (despite my unfamiliarity with some aspects of the PSu methods) desire to migrate to. And yes, the pickings aren't plentiful. In rating numbers, I'd give it a 3/10 in my trial. Read on to see why.
Notably, 64 bit has been on MacOS for many years, so why was the app upgrade to 64 bit just recently, so late to the game? While PSu has aspirations to greatness, in the DAM side particularly, the developers and commenters here have been pro-active hoping for the best, it's just not delivering a complete user experience either in 32 or 64 bit on a day-to day basis.
I have several issues with the new version (filed bug reports on those I found). I have had a chance to experience both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and there are issues which transcend the newer system upgrade and look like the new version is simply a porting of an old version into a new 64 bit finish.
What follows are my impressions as a newbie, 10 days into the trial, generally speaking and why I believe this is not the product for me:
- 64-bit is faster. Start there and build a better app.
- Seems more efficient. See below for problems with MM (Memory Management) in the app, since by quitting apps, the responsiveness improves (but still not perfect). There is no slowdown at the OS level, so maybe the developers need to assess this further.
- A bit more responsive than previous versions, when in importing, filing operations.
- I agree with Mike Naylor and some others here, that the under-pinnings of the app (whether 32 or 64 bit) are a much bigger issue, one that's not been addressed. That's hardly a PRO. So I list it in both PRO and CON.
- Still slower than it should be to load the program, change from Preview to Adjust mode, especially with dual hi-res screen displays that are fully supported by the OS.
- Slows down with other apps open to a great extent (bug?). Occurs to the point where several operations are unresponsive, notably adjustment. I can watch Activity Monitor to confirm the slowdown is Memory management. This is based on getting the program to be unresponsive and then looking at RAM load (Pressure, Compressed memory). When in situations like editing an image, the memory tends to exceed 1.5-2GB RAM in the app, forces sluggishness. You might want to look at this as a cause if you have a problem. To me, that's a big red flag, one I did not know existed before 64 bit.
- Adjust mode has several operational issues (see separate reports), some are bugs. This is a release version, right? There seem to be too many bugs perhaps of long standing in 32 bit or not, for a release version. Do not know if there was a rush to release but some testing in real world conditions seems to have gone by the wayside.
- Crashes when using MacOS shortcut(s) to Quit the app (bug).
- I agree with Mike Naylor that the under-pinnings of the app (whether 32 or 64 bit) are a much bigger issue, one that's not been addressed. That's hardly a PRO. So I list it in both PRO and CON.
- Poor access to documentation both help within program and/or elsewhere. In the program there are Quick Help topics, but no way to get extensive help as to how it should work. Try it and learn-as-you-go needs an extended Trial mode, some online videos and only just barely gets by with the help on this list!
Good luck, y'all!