Hi hope someone can help. We have wedding photographers based in diferent locations so our workflow is key to the smooth running. Our workflow is as follows.
This system has worked fantastic for years and saves lots of time in copping large files. However, on of my photographers has started using 'Photo Mechanic' and since then when we get the edited catalogue back and import to the master catalogue it does not link to the master RAW files. If I try to locate them it says 'The file is associated with another photo in the catalogue. Each file can only be associated with one photo'
Not sure if Photo Mechanic is changing somthing, the files names are identical but maybe the meta is changing and in turn confusing Lightroom.
Any thoughts on this issue would be great.
Photomechanic is probably moving the files and that's why Lightroom can't find them.
You can't re-link to a file that is already imported into LR. You'd have to remove the original from Lightroom (but not from the hard disk) in order to associate the edited version with the original file.
Lightroom is not designed to allow smart previews to be sent to external editors, and that is what Photo Mechanic is. It is messing up the Lightroom workflow.