nicholas_abbott_young's profile

8 Messages

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160 Points

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 9:36 PM

Import from another catalog loses keywords

Since LR Classic last updated, I am unable to move images from one catalog to another without losing their keywords.  At the very end of the process, I get an error dialog saying "Lightroom could not ... due to an unknown error" or some such.  In fact, the images have transferred, but the keywords and smart collections have not.

An explanation of what I do:

After a day of photography, I import all my images into my Main catalog.  Next, I work through them and keyword all their locations.  This can be quite complex, for example:
    Tasmania
        Devonport & Cradle Mountain Region
            Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
               Dove Lake
                   Glacier Rock Walk
                       Glacier Rock
So I get all that done, and then move, for example, any bird images to the Bird catalog.  As you can see, I don't want to have to retype all the keywords for a new location, so I do everything in Main except to identify the species of bird.  This way, I only have to type stuff once.

But, as of a few days ago, it doesn't work any more.

I know this is a similar problem to others on the forum, but the others are five years old.

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56 Messages

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1K Points

2 y ago

Are physically moving all the images to a new Catalog or a Collection?    In catalog preferences make sure under MetaData you have "Automatically write changes to XMP".  If not make sure that you Select all your images and under Metadata select "Save Metadata to files"  On a Mac just hit "Command S".    Hope this helps.

537 Messages

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12.8K Points

2 y ago

I'd step back and consider why you want separate catalogs for different subjects such as one for birds.  Do you also have one for waterfalls?  What happens to an image with both a bird and a waterfall?  Anyway, having a raft full of catalogs distinguished by subject seems to defeat one of the main purposes of using a Digital Asset Manager such as LR.   

IMHO it would be much easier, much less complex, and way less time consuming to just create a collection for birds, or a keyword for birds, or a Smart collection for birds that looks for the "bird" keyword.

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6.7K Messages

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111.7K Points

2 y ago

Hi Nicholas

If you quit Lightroom, hold down the Ctrl (Windows) / Opt (Mac) key to show the Select Catalog dialog and select the source catalog and check the Test Integrity checkbox, does it pass the integrity check? And same for the target catalog? I'm wondering if there's some kind of catalog corruption.

8 Messages

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160 Points

2 y ago

I tried that, but it has made no difference!

8 Messages

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160 Points

2 y ago

Update!

I have just had a conversation with Piyush of Adobe, and the problem is solved!  I don't know what was wrong, but creating an empty catalog and importing from another worked, as did further importing another temp file.  So it looks as though I will be busy over the weekend creating new catalogs!

Thanks to everyone for their assistance!