I just downloaded the trial version and love the program and concept, however I am concerned about a few issues that I am having, and would like to fix them if possible before I buy.
1: While the program is running it is using constantly at LEAST 80% of my processor. I read just about every page of the forum and saw the one where this is somewhat normal, but am curious if this is the cause of my next problems...
2: After starting a new project and adding just a few lights, the more lights I add, the slower the response is for adding more, moving, resizing and right clicking. Ex. I'll start by adding icicles to the roof peaks. They go up quick and easy, but when I move to the next object, lets say a window border, it starts getting sluggish when I click to start and end the strand, taking several seconds after the click for the anchor or strand to appear. Also, if I need to right click to delete something, it takes a long time for the menu to pop up. When trying to move an object, it gets really bad. The object moves at least 3-5 seconds behind the cursor making it extremely difficult to position items. All of those symptoms get progressively worse with the more lights displayed.
3: When playing a sequence in LOR, HLD is out of sync. It’s not just out of sync, but also "misses" random blinks. It’s basically to the point where when viewing in HLD you cant even tell it’s suppose to be in sequence to the song. I even tried just adding only 1 channel to my project and still the same problem. I put the LOR animation window and HLD widow side by side while playing and you can see the big difference.
Like I mentioned earlier, I read most of the posts here to try to figure the problem out myself, but nothing has worked. Here is everything I have done so far:
Sync issue: Turned off Control Lights and Vary Color of Channel Buttons in the LOR Play menu. Zoomed out both the channels and time frame in LOR. Narrowed HLD display to 1 channel of a few strands of lights. - Nothing worked to fix sync.
Sluggish issue: Used the decoration wizard to import all lights to the project so there would be a less "lights" count. Didn't import a yard image. - Still sluggish
Also forgot to mention that the program itself takes about a minute to a minute and a half to load, and same exact issues on work computer.
My system specs are as follows:
Work Comp: XP SP3, 2.7GHz, 760MB RAM
Home Comp: XP SP2 ~3GHz, ~1GB Ram (aprox cause im on work comp while writing this)