11 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2017 8:21 AM by Ann7

    Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit

    pjbarbour_rotor Level 1

      I have a Lightroom Catalog that I want to put on a network drive so that my co-worker can work on it while I'm out. I tried moving the files and folders to the network drive from C:\Users\PJ\Pictures\Lightroom to a network drive. But it merely created shortcuts back to the C drive. Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          The catalog CANNOT be on a network drive. Your images can, but the catalog must be on a drive that is local to the computer. Some users try to put the catalog in Dropbox. But you must allow time for updates to complete. The Dropbox approach is prone to becoming corrupted rather easily. The better approach would be to put the catalog on an external hard drive that can be switched between computers.

          • 2. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
            Bob Somrak Level 5

            The catalog can't be on a network drive in Lightroom.  Its a very "asked for" feature.

            • 3. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
              ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

              The catalog cannot be USED from a network drive. However, you can easily transfer it from your computer to your coworker's computer via the network drive.

               

              Your photos can be located anywhere: internal local drive, external local drive, network drive.

              • 4. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                yoRR-nl Level 1

                A question about the catalog. If i create an catalog on a external drive.. but my photos are on the NAS. Can i arrange al my photo's on the NAS, but they will not be copied to the external drive, right? The external drive will only be the host for the catalog file. Do I understand it?

                 

                i have thousands and thousands of photos that need to re-ordered. They are spread over on my NAS. I would like to youse Lightroom to manage it.

                 

                If i connect the external drive to a other machine with Lightroom on it, can i continue in the catalog file like i was doing on a different machine?

                • 5. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                  dj_paige Level 9

                  yoRR-nl wrote:

                   

                  A question about the catalog. If i create an catalog on a external drive.. but my photos are on the NAS. Can i arrange al my photo's on the NAS, but they will not be copied to the external drive, right? The external drive will only be the host for the catalog file. Do I understand it?

                  If you import the photos using the ADD option, the photos remain on the NAS and will not exist on the external drive. However, the way Lightroom works, small preview files of your images are created, these are created on the same disk as your catalog, which would be the external drive.

                   

                  i have thousands and thousands of photos that need to re-ordered. They are spread over on my NAS. I would like to youse Lightroom to manage it.

                  Suggestion: if the photos have not been imported into Lightroom at this time, use your operating system to rearrange the photos/folders. Better suggestion: don't move files around on the NAS, instead import them into Lightroom using the ADD option and then use keywords and other metadata to organize, this is a more powerful and flexible method of organizing, and overcomes many of the limitations of using folders to organize.

                   

                  If i connect the external drive to a other machine with Lightroom on it, can i continue in the catalog file like i was doing on a different machine?

                  Yes, assuming the NAS has the same name on the other computer.

                  • 6. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                    yoRR-nl Level 1

                    Thank you for your very fast and quality reply!

                     

                    We have several folders where we dumped our photo's in. The photos are from all kind of moments in life (3 kids, fun in the park, a small vacation here, a beach walk there). We started to sort them out on the NAS by just using Finder / This computer on OSX and Windows.

                     

                    It works, but it goes slow and you miss an relaxed environment. Like the dark tone in the Lightroom looks.

                     

                    So, some parts are organized, a lot are not and need to be organized. These photos are coming from different camera's, phones and a iPad. Its a mess haha!

                     

                    So, to print your workflow in my head i need to:

                     

                    - Go for a external drive and start a catalog with Lightroom on it

                    - Connect all my Photos on the NAS with this catalog by using the ADD option

                    - Only thumbnails will be saved on the external drive, which will be for speed too i guess

                     

                     

                    I think we would like to move photos around and file them into maps. It will make it a bit easier to see what is cleared out, and what not when you are on the drive not using Lightroom.

                     

                    Any thoughts?

                    • 7. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                      dj_paige Level 9

                      - Connect all my Photos on the NAS with this catalog by using the ADD option

                      Just to use the proper Lightroom terminology, you Import (not connect) using the ADD option. (Connect means something else in Lightroom)

                       

                      I think we would like to move photos around and file them into maps. It will make it a bit easier to see what is cleared out, and what not when you are on the drive not using Lightroom.

                      Again, you can indeed do this, but I recommend you not bother moving things around into different folders, as this is not the optimal way to organize. I think it is a mistake in your case to move photos and folders to new locations to organize them. You will spend time on a sub-optimal method of organizing. Since your photos are "all kind of moments in life", this is the type of organization that is not easily fit into folders, and this is the type of organization that keywords and other metadata work extremely well on. Use Lightroom's strengths! Spend time using the proper tools!

                      • 8. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                        yoRR-nl Level 1

                        Good comment. And i think you are right. Its maybe better to "dump" all the images in a folder, and do the organizing with a tool like Lightroom. The proces of creating maps and moments started many years ago.. when the pile of Photos was not so big. You know how it goes anno 2016. In a silly moment you snap 20 photo's easily with your phone. And you do that couple of times a week.

                         

                        I need to convince my wife to drop the map file structure haha! I have you to have my back right?

                        • 9. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                          dj_paige Level 9

                          Nowhere have I suggested putting all the images into a single HUGE folder. I have consistently advocated leaving the photos where they are now.

                           

                          So, I am not a fan of dumping all photos into one huge folder, as this can have cause speed slowdowns in some actions. It is unnecessary work that you would do that solves nothing and creates problems.

                           

                          An alternative is to import the photos using the MOVE option, and you tell Lightroom to move photos into folders that are named by the capture date of the photo under some parent folder on the NAS. This avoids putting all photos into a single HUGE folder. So now, you have a folder hierarchy that looks like this:

                           

                          My Photos

                                  10-14-2013

                                   11-30-2013

                                   12-1-2013

                           

                          If you are going to do this, please make sure you look up some tutorials on importing so you get this right the first time.

                           

                          As I said above, another alternative is to simply leave the photos where they are and import using ADD.

                          • 10. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                            yoRR-nl Level 1

                            Sorry that it looked like i am going to throw it all in one map. That was not what i was going for haha

                            • 11. Re: Save Lightroom Catalog .lrcat on network drive so others can edit
                              Ann7

                              Hi

                              It is possible to have a Lightroom Catalogue on a NAS Network drive.

                              To do this, you have to create on your NAS a iSCSI LUN partition which then can be configured on your PC as if it would be a local drive on your PC.

                              It worked perfectly for my.

                              See detailed instructions for ASUSTOR : http://download.asustor.com/college/en/NAS_308_Introduction_to_iSCSI.pdf

                              Basically this is possible with any NAS.