3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 30, 2016 11:25 AM by dj_paige

    Does the catalog shrink in size after forcing picture export to sidecar files?


      So I have just read about the importance of keeping xmp files separately from the catalog --- easier for backup, easier for recovery in the event catalog goes corrupt, etc.   My question is this: if I select all of my photographs in the library module, and tell it to save out the metadata to sidecar files, will it shrink my catalog size?   Essentially, I would like to reduce "the bloat" of my catalog.


      So is there a downside to doing this?  Seems like a win-win situation.   I have also read that by deleting and then rebuilding a catalog from raw and xmp files, I am loosing which photograph belongs to which collection since that info lives in the catalog only and nowhere else.    Anything else that I would loose?


      Thank you very much