I understand that some people would rather have a fast startup and be prompted for backups when quitting.
But LR2 did it the other way round, and I far prefer a slower startup time and be able to quit quickly. I can't now quit LR and turn off my machine within a few seconds without compromising the backups.
If this was just the default and there was an option to do it the old way I would understand that, but if it's so blindingly obvious that I'm the only person in the world who liked the old way then why did they do that way in V1 & V2?
After a couple of weeks the only differences I can see are that:
1. The import dialog now puts all my files in the wrong places after an in-place upgrade.
2. The backup reminder is hugely annoying because it's at the wrong end of the workflow.
3. The add grain function is very poor.
4. Performance increase? Yeah right.
I am very much looking forward to Michael and Jeff's new tutorials because I'm feeling like the upgrade was seriously not worth it. I need enlightening.
1. I have no problems with the import dialogs .. works perfectly and much nicer interface. I'm not sure what you are referring to as in the wrong place after an in place upgrade. I don't have anything in the wrong place.
2. The "backup" is definitely not at the wrong end of the workflow, it was bass ackwards before. How logical is it to backup something when you start on it, then spend a couple of hours changing things and then quit without backing up. The point of backing up is to back up. I never understood at all why backing up at the start was ever implemented. To correct the issue in v1 and v2 I always skipped it at the start, then when I was finished would quit LR, then relaunch it and backup, then quit it again. Many people went through this exercise in frustration. Sorry it doesn't float your boat, but you are in the minority here ... you may indeed be the only person in the world who doesn't like it.
3. no comment, I don't use it.
4. Not sure what you are using for hardware, but for me the performance increase was obvious and beneficial on both my laptop (macbook pro) and work station (macpro) running Snow Leopard.
There is a lot to like with LR 3, especially the new raw processing improvements as well as noise reduction. To me the interface changes are logical and once you get used to them are nice. Of course, I've been using it since the first beta so I'm very used to it.