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120 Points

Thu, Aug 8, 2013 4:39 PM

Lightroom 5: Does not work with network drives

Lightroom 5 cannot import images from my Linux server. But ALL of my other image editing tools work just fine. Your chat tech suggested that i copy all of the images ot my local drive to import them... yeah, so I need to copy 500GB of images to my local drive? Hmm, free Picasa can access them. Corel PhotoPaint can to, and Portrait Professional and irfanView, and others.

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1.4K Messages

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24.5K Points

8 y ago

Lightroom catalogs may not exist on network drives. Image files may.

51 Messages

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754 Points

8 y ago

I have never have much of a problem importing images files residing on a Windows server, into a locally stored catalog in LR5. or LR4 or LR3 ...

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120 Points

8 y ago

My catalog is local. My server is Linux (Mint 14) running SAMBA. ALL other apps I have can access (read, write, import, edit, etc.) the images on my server. ONLY Lightbox fails. All users have full rights on the server and PC.

The drives are mapped via a drive letter. (Y)

Lightbox 5 "sees" the drive, it's folders and subfolders but just spins when trying to import images. I let it run overnight but still nothing had been imported in the morning.

This is a fresh (first time user) of Lightroom 5 with a brand new LOCAL catalog. All images on the sever are JPGs.

4.5K Messages

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76.3K Points

8 y ago

Worth noting: problem only presents in the import dialog box.

i.e. user can import via plugin (which uses catalog:addPhoto method, and bypasses the import dialog box), and there is no such problem.

64 Messages

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894 Points

8 y ago

I keep my photos on a Linux server with Samba. This definitely works.

But I never import them from there. I import from a local drive and later move them to the Linux server. So if the problem is confined to the Import dialog, I would never see it.

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76.3K Points

Can you make a quick test?

64 Messages

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894 Points

8 y ago

I have tested now. Import of raw files from the server works, both as Add and Copy.

PC:
Windows 7 64 bit
LR 5.2 RC

Server:
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Samba 2:3.6.3-2ubuntu2.3

Edit:
I just noticed that the OP's problem was with JPGs. Tried those too. No problems.

Like the OP, I also have the Samba shares mapped with a drive letter in Windows.

4 Messages

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120 Points

8 y ago

Thanks for the replies.

I finally got it working but it was unbearably slow. it took overnight and much of the next day to get my image imported into Lightroom.

In addition, each time I visited a previously opened folder, LR rebuilt the thumbnails again causing the program to stutter and lag when scrolling or opening an image.

I finally gave up and got a refund. After trying several other programs I found one I had never heard called Zoner Photo Studio. It is lightening fast, very powerful, with more built-in tools (such as HDR), very easy to use and half the cost of Lightroom.

The one drawback is that edits are performed on live images but TIF back-ups are automatically created. Albeit in a buried folder with cryptic file names and extensions and it only works on Windows, which I use anyway.

I can live with one thing or the other not being perfect when purchasing a program like Lightroom but at $140+ I expected it to behave and perform far more smoothly than in had. I just could not get myself to drink the Adobe Koolaide and their "tech support" didn't exactly instill confidence.

I am glad so many users swear by Lightroom and more power to them. All I can assume is that I had some quirky configuration that Lightroom didn't like or that Lightroom die-hards have never tried other programs that vastly out perform it thus having no basis for comparison.

The HDR image below was created entirely using the Zoner Photo Studio. No plugins were needed.

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76.3K Points

David - thanks for the tip on Zoner Photo Studio - I may check that out at some point...

PS - For me, Lr is very fast (and good) at some things, other things not so much.

Cheers,
Rob

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60 Points

7 y ago

I am also having trouble importing from my MacBook Pro to LR on a machine running Win 7.

It has worked using LR 4, but now it cannot find the correct folder. I am not even able to remove the network drive from my Import window. So I wonder if this is an issue with LR?

Anyone else have this issue? Any solutions?

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62 Points

6 y ago

For the love of God why can't Adobe just not let you reference a network folder share? This has been a problem for years and about once a year I try to get into managing my mountain of home photos and keep wasting money finding that Adobe still hasn't entered the 21st century... why!!!!????