I create a new catalog every time I shoot. Is there a way to have every new catalog access all the presets and export prefs i've set up for other catalogs so I don't have import/export and add them new every time. Can I have each catalog access a central location where it can grab this info? For example, during image import, I would like to have a list of copyright meta date to chose from. I have set up metadata template in Bridge based one who I'm working for and I'd like to have that list appear in Lightroom. I have export presets set up in other catalogs that I would like to use in the one I'm creating and I may have presets I made in other catalogs.
It would be nice if I could have each of these load into my new catalog automatically and for bonus points, when I open a different catalog, have it notify me that more presets etc have been added, do I want to update the set I'm using?
Either use a single catalogue to control all your work, and use Lr's metadata features to segregate jobs, or uncheck the option to store presets with the catalogue (Preferences, Presets).
I will give that a try. I have made shortcuts to the specific preset folder in case I need to grab the files to put on my other hard drive. Maybe I can set up Carbon Copy Cloner to periodically send the files to my other computer. Or I could not waste an entire day going down that rabbit hole and just copy and paste.
Your question was about having the same presets for each catalogue, but your reply implies a different problem - the same presets on each computer.