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You can certainly do it with Lightroom Mobile / Web.
The process is that after syncing a collection to LrM, right click the collection in LR Desktop or go to the Share setting on the iPad/Phone. You mark the collection as "public" (it's not really, unless someone guesses a really obscure URL) and share the URL with the client. The client then marks favourites - ie selects - and can make comments (they just need a free Adobe account). These automatically flow into LR 5.7 which has a new Sort Order - latest comments. So sort the collection and select the favourites.
Give it a try.
Lightroom mobile's web component allows for liking an image and making a comment. It syncs back to your catalog automatically. To do any more you would have to share your Adobe ID with them and I don't think you want to do that.
Client Response Galleries from Turning Gate will use your Web module to create the requisite web galleries but do not sync back to your catalog automatically.
I agree with Matt that there has to be a better way. Although the random url has SOME inherent security I don't think some of my clients would be comfortable with an "unsecured" gallery of their images on the web. I would love to see if someone could write a plugin that would either allow me to get the same operability (star ratings, and comments - synced to the collection on my machine) on a self hosted site, or the ability to password protect collections with the Adobe Lightroom web sharing interface.
Am I missing something? For my clients to Like a photo, to make a selection, they are prompted to login to Adobe. This is the fatal flaw with every solution I've seen. Clients must create an account and login just to make a selection -- that's just too much. Am I doint something wrong? Or is this the little detail everyone keeps forgetting to mention in these posts?
Set up an extra Adobe account for yourself - firstname.lastname@example.org - and give the client its login details.
I agree the client should not need to set up their own Adobe account, but alternative validation methods like Twitter, FB or G+ have downsides and are not in Adobe's control.
Check out Evlaa ,
We build it to speed up the photos selections with clients.
It is based on a Lightroom publishing service and it's very easy to use for both side.
You, and your clients, will save a lot of time, you will offer them a great experience and you will avoid a lot of errors as you retrieve the selected photos directly into Lightroom.
You can try it for free :-)
Let me know what you think