I work mainly in jpegs (I know - gasp!) Luckily there isn't usually much I want to edit in a shot - but if need be I do shoot jpeg+RAW. It took me months after purchasing the program to finally install it (the intimidation factor was huge for me) and I've taken baby steps to move all of my photos into LR catalog and start working and organizing in it not wanting to start any bad habits while learning the program. Knowing that once I get it down it will be awesome to use instead of my old process/system. But I've found this one issue very frustrating;
After I lightly edit a jpeg in LR5 and export with new filename (usually just adding a -1, -2, etc to the original file name) in the same folder, I want both (or more if I've done several different versions/crops to the same photo) to show in my catalog (grid and film reel at bottom of the screen) in LR. I don't want to just see the last edited version. If I've done several different options to one photo, I want to be able to see all those options side by side in my catalog with all the other photos in that folder.
I can't be the only one that does different edits to the same photo and want them all to show - what step or setting am I missing to make this happen?
Thank you for your help,
The ability to see edited and un-edited is in the Develop Module, not in the Library Module.
You could perform an awful lot of repetitive manual effort in the Library Module to achieve this, but in my opinion, it's not worth the effort to achieve something that is available with zero effort in the Develop Module.
Now if you want your exports to appear in the Library Module, you can check the box at Export to include in the catalog ... but if you're going to have multiple edits of the same original, virtual copies are a better solution.