You select the 500 images, and then export them to whatever folder you want them to be in.
This is not the answer I'm looking for. Maybe it's as simple as creating a web-based file such as with Zenfolio.
The problem with this particular solution is it doesn't permit recipients to download and/or copy unless they pay for the images.
In a family/friend situation the is seen as rude at best and greedy offensive at worst.
Is there another non-commercial program?
Flickr allows specified users to download and print, at no charge (well, I think there's a charge for printing through their service, if you print at home then there's no charge)
Thanks dj - that hadn't occurred to me as I don't use Flickr regularly. Sounds like that's a good solution.
Seems like there is really two questions being asked.
How to export your edited images from the LR catalog:
As DJ says, select your photos, export the JPGs to your hard drive, then upload the images to a hosting site where friends/family can view them.
Which photo hosting site to use:
This question gets more into what features of the hosting site you are looking for.
Zenfolio and SmugMug are geared towards photo displaying and sales and printing.
Flickr is more about the social aspects (comments and likes).
Based on what you are saying, I would look at Flickr and see if their security model works for you assuming you don't want the world viewing your pictures.
Thanks for this. Sounds like good advice.