The installation of Excire Search 2 works as with all previous versions as well. All you have to do is run the downloaded installer and follow the individual instructions.
New customers as usual, new customers are asked after starting Lightroom Classic whether they want to enter their license key including email address or whether they want to test the version first. After that, a Lightroom catalog must first be initialized initializes .
Existing customers, those who have purchased Excire Search 2 as an upgrade and are already using a previous version of Excire Search will be prompted to enter their new license key when they start Lightroom Classic. After that, a gradual update begins, which is necessary because the structure of our Excire database has changed.
We recommend that existing customers who have a smaller Lightroom catalog (< 100,000 photos) simply select the "Create new database" option in step 3. and initialize their Lightroom catalog overnight. The step-by-step update of entries in an Excire database is mainly intended for users with very large catalogs that took several days to initialize.
Basically, when using Smart Previews, we recommend activating the "Prefer Smart Previews" option in the "Excire Search" section of the add-on module manager. Since this shortens the loading times of the photos, it also significantly shortens the initialization of all photos.
Example calculation: A Lightroom catalog with about 30,000 photos and Smart Previews, both stored on a local SSD, takes only 1 hour 10min to initialize on a 2018 MacBook Pro (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 including Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz and 16GB RAM). A catalog with 100,000 photos would thus be initialized in about 4 hours.