I'm not sure if this is by design, but I find that XMP sidecar files for images with Smart Previews don't get updated when the original files get reconnected to the computer. I've got LR set up to automatically write changes to XMP files, but I still have to manually trigger the metadata update. I was expecting this to happen automatically. Is there any way to do it? Or is there a better way for me to manage my workflow? If anyone can suggest an improvement to my workflow, I'm open to it. Here's what I do:
This is messy. Is it a bug or is it by design that LR is not automatically synchronizing changes to the XMP files?
4. You should be importing as a catalog.