Dear Adobe & Lightroom users,
I believe that only exporting the smart collection settings is not enough.
I have in my collections a hierarchy of collection set, collection and smart collection that help me with my workflow:
-- pano [SC]
-- fuse [SC]
-- holiday... [SC]
- worklist [CS]
-- dominant color [CS]
--- dominant color to review [SC]
--- dominant color reviewed [C]
-- weather [CS]
-- geography [CS]
Being able to export the hierarchy from one specific node would help me greatly when I switch from catalog to catalog. After all, smart collections content can be re-created.
I've seen that in the DB, there are these two tables that would need to be 'copied' : agLibraryCollection & agLibraryCollectionContent. Their IDs when importing in the new catalog would probably pose a problem if we were just to import them like that.
On the other hand, there are in the SDK some functions to go through the collections and some functions to create collections, collection-sets, smartCollections...
You might also post something on the official feature request site:http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/products/photoshop_fami ly_photoshop_lightroom Perhaps there are many wanting this as well.
What's your workflow? Why do you need to copy hierarchies?
Make a copy of a catalog and delete all images from it. You'll be left with
a new empty catalog but with the collection hierarchy intact.
Or, exporting/importing an image between two catalogs will carry with it
all the collections that contained the image and any smart collections.
You may use these two tricks if it helps in your workflow.
Sent from phone.
Thanks for those tips, I did not think of them all...
I guess copying the catalog and deleting the un-wanted stuff would work... but what a hassle !
I would like to do something like this:
1/ export keywords, collections, presets, etc. that I want to re-use wherever
2/ create a new catalog (e.g. for the new year, when I've reached 100,000 photos, to sort out my old photos before re-integration, etc.)
3/ import all the above and voilà... use my previously defined workflow tools like they were configured to tread the new Catalog.
Import/export would enable that !