I've used LR at home with my personal photographs so when I needed photo catalog software for work I got LR again. I have about 15,000 scanning electron microscope photos that need to be indexed and keyworded for easy retrieval. The photos are all 1280x960 pixels, most are jpg with about 5% tifs.
My work computer is a Dell Precision T3500 workstation with a Xeon CPU running at 2.4 ghz, 4 gb RAM, Win XP Pro 32 bit SP3, Nvidia Quadro FX3800 1gb graphics card. I am running LR version 2.7.
The software runs so slowly it is essentially unusable. Any operation takes several seconds before something happens. If I want to scroll down I click on the scroll bar and it takes several seconds before the scrolling begins. If I want to add a keyword it takes about 5 seconds for it to register, etc, etc. I've been trying to keyword photos in the archive and it is maddening to sit and wait and wait for the simplest operation.
I've decided to try and solve this one more time before I give up and find another program to do what I need. Any ideas or help? Or, can you suggest a program that will do fast keywording/cataloging/retrieval? I really don't need the other parts of LR for this application, I bought it because I was already familiar with it, but if there is a better alternative I'll get it.