2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 20, 2017 4:19 PM by wobertc

    Help with online SmartPreview Sharing for offsite Editor?

    NicSams Level 1

      Hello!

      I am a wedding photographer and I use an "off-site" editor that culls and colors my images. We used to live near by and would just trade hard drives, and now she moved far away, so an online transfer would be better. We tried to us drop box to send the Catalog and the Smart preview file, but when she opens up the catalog she gets an error message, and the Smart previews do not work. We did a little research, and she said she saw some stuff on forums that DropBox stores the file by breaking up the data, and it "breaks" it some how.

       

      I have a Macbook Pro (and a iMac) She has a PC

      Here is the process that I would like to do:

      1- Create new catalog with just one wedding with smart previews

      2- Upload the Catalog and the Smart Preview file to some where online (currently we use dropbox, but I am open to any file sharing service)

      3- She downloads the catalog and smart preview to her computer, does edits

      4- She sends me back the catalog, I download and import the photos back to my main catalog

       

      Here is the process that we currently do that works

      1- Create new catalog with just one wedding with smart previews

      2- Upload the Catalog and the Smart Preview file to a hard drive

      3- She drives two hours and picks up catalog and works on it from home

      4- She uploads just the catalog I download and import the photos back to my main catalog

       

      Im also open using to adobe mobile for this process, but I am just super busy and need to the quickest options with out having to change my workflow much.

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Help with online SmartPreview Sharing for offsite Editor?
          Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

          I use Dropbox for the catalog as well as for the original photos (two computers, 20 minutes drive apart - home and studio), but I am the only user.

          I have had absolutely no issues with this setup, but it's crucial to let Dropbox finish syncing before you launch Lightroom, and not to turn off the computer until Dropbox has finished syncing. (this of course applies to both of you)

          And both of you working with the same catalog at the same time would most likely cause problems.

           

          I have no experience with smart previews, but I can't see that it should represent any problems, apart from the need for them to upload/download before any action is taken.

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          • 2. Re: Help with online SmartPreview Sharing for offsite Editor?
            wobertc Adobe Community Professional

            Some comments added to your process, which is possible-

             

            Here is the process that I would like to do:

            1- Create new catalog with just one wedding with smart previews

            You can create a new catalog, OR better- Import the wedding photos to one folder in your master catalog library, then select the wedding folder in your 'master' catalog and do "Export as Catalog" including Smart previews only.

             

            2- Upload the Catalog and the Smart Preview file to some where online (currently we use dropbox, but I am open to any file sharing service)

            Yes, upload the complete folder created by "Export as catalog" containing both the 'Exported Catalog' and the smart previews.

             

            3- She downloads the catalog and smart preview to her computer, does edits

            Yes,  the folder containing both catalog & SPs

             

            4- She sends me back the catalog, I download and import the photos back to my main catalog.

            No, not exactly- all you need now is to download the edited Catalog, and working from your 'Master catalog'  do "Import from another  catalog".  This will bring the edits back into the 'Master catalog' and update your previews with the edits.

             

            And yes- as above!

            it's crucial to let Dropbox finish syncing

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