To sync your desktop and laptop Lightroom, you have to keep your catalog and images on an external drive so that you can work on same files back and forth between different computers.
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Thanks for the suggestion, that would be perfect. However, I tried doing this but Lightroom doesn't seem to allow opening a catalogue over a network:
"Lightroom cannot launch with this catalogue. It is either on a network volume or on a volume on which Lightroom cannot save changes."
(I'm connected via WiFi, and I have read and write permissions)
We don't recommend our user to put their catalog on Network drives, as you might faces challenges accessing it and updating it.
So your images can reside on the network drive, but the catalog must be on a local drive to the computer or any external drive.
Excellent, thank you! That makes perfect sense, so... now to move my catalogue Yikes!
Looks like my original response was lost in the shuffle...
If I was going to use multiple computers with LR, I would put the catalog and images on an external USB drive and move the drive from computer to computer as needed.
As for moving the catalog, drag-n-drop or and otherwise "copy" in Finder/Explorer for the *.LRCAT file and its matching "* previews.LRDATA" folder.
Thanks, I'll give that a go...
"If I was going to use multiple computers with LR, I would put the catalog and images on an external USB drive and move the drive from computer to computer as needed."
And I would probably do the same. However....
An alternative is to keep the catalogue on Dropbox or a similar service (Google Drive, OneDrive). With this method you need to take care syncing to the cloud. Check the catalogue has synced to the cloud after you've finished working, and then on the other computer wait for the latest version of the catalogue to sync down.
Thanks for the suggestion John, I hadn't thought of syncing via a cloud service, Google Drive, in my case. My current lrcat is 469MB, but my previews (lrdata) is a whopping 7.73GB, so that may be an issue?
In regard to the USB drive option, I think that is what I'll do when away from the desktop for a period of time (ravel). Then on my return, merge my 'travel' catalogue with my master catalogue.
I have my catalogs stored on a harddrive but when I switch between laptop and desktop (both Mac) I am not seeing the edits. Do I need to do a sync process?
To see your edits in both places, you need to make sure both computers are using the same catalog.
See John's and my responses above.
Surely the simplest method would be to set up your own "cloud" on your NAS drive
Then just access the catalogue from desktop or laptop or macbook.
Just make sure last machine to access has backed up catalogue before being closed
Hi David, Thanks for the suggestion. I have a NAS set up which is great for storing images and accessing from anywhere, however the LR catalogue must be stored locally. That would mean having a unique catalogue on each device.
Put the "master" catalog on the NAS.
Copy the catalog to the local drive to use it.
Copy the catalog back to the NAS.
I've been fighting this problem for years myself. In a commercial environment it's common for there to be *no* local disk, or none I can write to. Everything lives on external network drives.
And Lightroom appears to go out of its way to block my putting the catalog on a network drive.
I also have this problem at home -- my local storage is a small SSD, all my real storage is on a FreeNAS box (currently three-way mirror of 6TB drives, with snapshotting, regular backups offsite, etc.). There isn't room on the SSD for the Lightroom catalog, and it's much safer on the network drive.
Com on, Adobe, get with the 20th century! It's almost 20 years in the past now.
Or to put it another way -- the concept that you know better than I do where safe storage lives in my particular environment is ludicrous.
The suggested workflow copying to and from the network for each session should work, but...there isn't room on the small SSD my workstation boots from to bring the catalog down every time. All the image files its working on are on the network disk anyway. This is just stupid, annoying, domineering, nanny behavior.