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4.7K Points

Thu, May 19, 2011 7:59 PM


Make the Lightroom catalog central to other Photoshop product

It would be great if other photoshop product could take advantage of it like bridge or photoshop element.
We wouldn't need to take advtantage of all the possibilities (ie. not replace lighroom DAM) but that way when we edit metadata in one of the adobe product that would be reflected in the lightroom catalog instantly.

Bridge could take advantage of it, photoshop element database could be based on it.
Other product such as photoshop could use it just to search for a photo to open and then any photo opened from there would have its modifications mirrored in the database when possible.

I am sure other uses could be imagined as well


2.1K Messages


32.2K Points

9 years ago

Some of what you suggest is already essentially possible. You can update the metadata of files in other applications, such as Bridge, and Lightroom will recognize this instantly. But it doesn't automatically update the information. Instead, because this is now a conflict between DAMs, Lightroom wants to know whether you want to import the changes into Lightroom, or to remove those changes and overwrite them with Lightroom's present information. When such metadata conflicts arise, I think it is preferable to confirm what direction you want to make a change and wouldn't recommend otherwise, too much opportunity for lost data.

There currently isn't enough compatibility between the databasing used by Photoshop Elements and Lightroom to make it a two way street. Currently you can only convert a Photoshop Elements catalog into a Lightroom catalog. Perhaps in the future... Then again, I'm not sure how many people use both Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. I've heard of those who use Elements Editor with Lightroom, but not those who simultaneously use Elements Organizer and Lightroom.

Since you can open images directly from Lightroom into Photoshop, I'm not sure why you would go elsewhere to perform searches based on Lightroom information in order to open them in Photoshop.

But the idea of the Cloud is certainly not lost on us and it is definitely a direction we are excited about.