5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2015 1:02 PM by johns23219960

    Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another

    johns23219960

      I have LR 4.4 and my primary LR catalog is on my desktop at home.  All of my photos are in this catalog.  What I like to do when traveling is import photos from my camera into a LR catalog on my laptop.  The catalog and images are stored on a passport external USB drive.  While on the road I sometimes work on the new images - post processing, flagging, rating, etc.  Upon returning home, I'd like to import the images from the passport drive into the primary catalog on my desktop - including any changes I made to the images on laptop.  Using LR 4.4, I do not see an easy way to do this.  Am I missing something?  Do the newer versions allow this sort of thing?  Any help would be appreciated.  John

        • 1. Re: Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another
          Mrinmay Majhi Adobe Employee

          Hi johns,

           

          As you have stated, you have stored the catalog in the external hard drive, you need to access the same catalog from the external hard drive on your desktop computer. You will be able to find all the changes and everything as you get it on the laptop.

           

          You may also consider to get latest version of Lightroom with Creative cloud benefits providing you one its key feature, which is Lightroom Mobile.

          You can do flagging, rating, editing etc on your mobile device.

           

          Please click on the below link to check Lightroom mobile features and its usage.

          Edit and organize photos on mobile or desktop | Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC tutorials

           

          Hope this helps.

           

           

          ~Mrinmay

          • 2. Re: Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another
            johns23219960 Level 1

            Hi Mrinmay,

             

            Thanks for your reply.  Maybe as I research the CC world I'll find what I want.  But with LR4.4 - your solution doesn't address my problem.  I realize I can access the catalog on the passport drive from my desktop and see everything as it looks from the laptop.  But what I want is to move/copy the photos (all the changes, including history, flags and ratings) from the catalog on the passport drive to a different (larger) external drive plugged into my desktop.  I want to access them from a different catalog, what I call my master cataglog.  I basically want to use the laptop (and the catalog on the passport drive) as a temporary holding place while traveling.  With 4.4 I know I can export them from the passport drive to the desktop drive but then I have to open the master catalog on the desktop and import the moved/copied files.  Doing so will give me the photos as they last looked in the passport drive but it doesn't carry the history and, thus, the ability to go back to the originals.  Additionally, it does not carry forward the flags / ratings.  Again - maybe the cloud option (and maybe even LR 6) will give me that ability.  If so - I'll bite the bullet but I'd rather not.  I'd like to solve this problem without having to buy new software.  And I really don't need to access the pics from my mobile device.  I can see the appeal but it's not something I'd do.

            • 3. Re: Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another
              john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You need to look into File > Import from Another Catalog. It brings your work in one catalogue into the one you're using.

               

              There's a corresponding File  > Export as Catalog command which creates a small catalogue of (say) a week's photos or a project. You can then take this with you.

               

              Another thing to look at in more recent Lr versions is smart previews. So I can generate smart previews of 7000 pictures, copy my catalogue with them onto a portable drive, have a lot of editing capability before a trip, and then copy the catalogue back onto my main computer at the end.

               

              John

              • 4. Re: Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another
                Mrinmay Majhi Adobe Employee

                Hi John,

                 

                john beardsworth has provided you with correct information to use the option Import from Another Catalog.

                Please click on the below link for detailed information.

                Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Help | Import photos into Lightroom

                 

                Hope this helps.

                 

                 

                ~Mrinmay

                • 5. Re: Sync files, including updates, from one catalog to another
                  johns23219960 Level 1

                  It does answer the question but it's still not exactly what I'd like.  I provided most of what I want but in addition to working on photos while traveling, I also sometimes do volunteer work that allows me to work on photos away from home.  What would be perfect would be an easier way to move just the photos I'm working on from one library to another - back and forth.  Not the end of the world, and your comments have helped - just wishing the process was a tad friendlier.

                   

                  Having said that - I appreciate both your and John's comments and help.  Thank you very much.

                   

                       John