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4.4K Points

Sun, May 1, 2011 9:55 PM

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Lightroom Classic and CC: Allow Catalog to be stored on a networked drive.

I'd love to make LR more multi-computer friendly. I have no doubt that there's probably database architecture issues and a host of other barriers... But I have to believe that the need for either multi-user or at at lease multi-computer use is widely desired. And yes, I know you can do the catalog import export thing but I find this less than ideal.

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35 Messages

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428 Points

2 years ago

I've been running LR with catalogs on a NAS for years without problems.  I've posted the scripts I use to manage this here: GitHub - kgorlen/lightroom: Windows bat and documentation for storing lightroom catalogs on NAS

According to SMB and SQLite specs, this is intended to work, so problems are the result of hardware failures and/or software bugs.  Since accessing a network drive involves more of both than when accessing an internal or external drive, the risk of catalog corruption is a bit greater, but that's why making backups is important.

Adobe could improve LR by (1) providing/hosting a list of compatible NAS products, and (2) allowing previews to be stored separately from catalogs so they could reside on a local drive with catalogs on a network drive.

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62 Points

2 years ago

Getting ever more fed up with Adobe products.. So I just bought a Synology NAS and was looking forward to taking every bit of data off my laptop. Instead of focusing on learning to use Lightroom I now have to fiddle about with my Catalogues and data. Like other users have commented before me, I would like to keep catalogues and photos on my NAS. With the amount of money we are all paying , this feature should have been up and running within 6 months - and I am being generous. Hello guys, this is 2019 coming on 2020! if necessary re-write your blooming database using another engine, ideally one that works and is flexible enough to accommodate a NAS. Failing that, ask someone to get off his chair and contact Synology and QNAS and ask them to do something at their end to make it work. Or ideally , do both things at once! As it is, I am on the verge of abandoning this leaky ship.

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62 Points

a year ago

I have over a 100,000 student portraits and there are 5 people at our company that need access to the Lightroom catalog. We are missing a seamless way to collaborate on a shared company-wide catalog that we can store on our NAS.

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17.1K Points

You should be using a true client-server package. Lightroom isn't designed for multiple users.

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102 Points

a year ago

Can't believe in 2019 I can't use a catalog on a nas with 2 computers...not concurrently of course. I have to use synctoy and stuff like that with an external ssd to sync the catalogs and this has created way more problems and data loss than the risk of working live on a local nas or file server.
I wonder if CaptureOne allows that, other than being much faster on 4k screens

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224 Points

NINE years on, we're still waiting for Adobe to allow us to use lrcat files over a LAN on a NAS box.  Beyond ridiculous!

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1.6K Points

I wish that Adobe would publish a list of "Feature requests we don't intend to implement" or some such. Instead they leave us hanging.  Too bad Lightroom is the 900 pound gorilla in this market.

Adobe Administrator

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126.8K Points

Phil, this is already available to you via this very forum. You can search any product on this forum by Idea and Not-planned using the pull downs at the top of each of the category pages. 

Here is an example from Lightroom Classic.  https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/categories/photoshop_family_photoshop_lightroom?topic-list[settings][status]=rejected&topic-list[settings][type]=idea

Realize that because an Idea is marked as Not-planned, that does not mean it cannot possibly ever be considered. Changes in customer needs, software architectures and many other factors could cause a resurrection of any idea. 

Notice that of the 3922 feature requests made here only 26 are marked as Not-planned. 
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Quality Engineering - Customer Advocacy

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100 Points

7 months ago

I'm dismayed, but honestly not surprised, that this hasn't had any traction or even a mention from Adobe Dev's in the 9 years since it's been requested.

The excuse I've always heard from the beginning was that this isn't/wasn't currently possible because Lightroom is built on top of SQLite. While I don't know if that's still the case, it was implied that it would require much more than a simple feature update and possibly a complete rebuild from the ground up.

I thought that the new Lightroom (not Classic) was going to be a start in that direction, but honestly I'm not enthusiastic about a library existing solely in the cloud or having to "sync" libraries and catalogues across different computers via the cloud.

What I want, and I think many people want, is a solution that has now existed in the Video Editing space for years at this point. Including Adobe's own Premiere Pro!

I would like the ability to host a catalogue and library of images (or libraries and catalogues) on a central, networked location (Server, NAS etc.) and a multi-user workflow that allows for multiple editors to be in the same catalogue and even working on the same images via Virtual Copies/Versions or image level locking.

The fact that this is the second highest "Me Too" requested Idea (1st highest if you note that the #1 is filed as "Not Planned") should give some indication to Adobe that "this is what we want above all else! We want this more than we want support for Centered Crop Overlay and ISO Adaptive Presets! We want this more than we want support for new cameras and lenses! We want this more than we want improvements to panorama editing and library filtering!"

The least Adobe could do would be to give some indication that it's Under Consideration, Planned or even Not Planned. Leaving such a popular request ambiguous is mean-spirited and disingenuous. Given the number of users who have sworn up and down (on this forum and others) that they would jump ship to the first editing platform to implement shared, network access; this feels more like a crowd-control measure. "If we tell you it's planned, we actually have to follow through! If we say it's not planned, we'll lose you all! So we're just going to leave it unanswered in the hopes that we'll be able to string you along as long as we can until we absolutely have to implement this feature."

And no, I'm not surprised that there hasn't been another company to implement this yet but I don't see it as a result of lack of interest. Adobe has been, and for a very long time will be, a market leader in this area. Many companies look to Adobe to see what to implement and what not to. The fact that Adobe is on top of the market further cements the idea that they won't implement this until they absolutely have to.

I would suggest that everyone who wants this feature push it to all the Capture One, Luminar, ON1, DxO etc. forums, community boards and feature request platforms that they can. Maybe the scent of a competitor working on this will be the spark that lights a fire under Adobe's butt.

One can only hope.


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97.2K Points

"or even a mention from Adobe Dev's in the 9 years since it's been requested."

Adobe engineer Dan Tull did give a fair amount of technical insight behind the SQLite issue early on in this topic, starting here (you have to read through many messages in the the thread):
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/multi_user_multi_computer?topic-reply-list[se...

But I agree that there hasn't been any substantive feedback here from Adobe since then.


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860 Points

6 months ago

I've been using OneDrive to keep my catalog and previews in sync between computers. The issue I find is that opening Lightroom causes some high CPU activity for OneDrive as it tries to sync files that are in use. I think that is a OneDrive issue. After I exit there is again high CPU as it picks through my 6GB Lightroom catalog looking for the changed bits and added preview files. 

Recent upgrades to OneDrive sync engine will only send the changed bits. Before this change, it was sending the entire 6GB file back up to the cloud every time I opened Lightroom.

So far it works pretty well. Every once in a while OneDrive gets confused and makes a second copy of the Lightroom database, as it thinks the cloud version and the local version have both changed. That would happen if I edited from a different computer and my laptop, which I am not doing. Right now, only editing on my laptop and using OneDrive to keep a backup of my critical files. When this happens I just delete the older catalog file, and rename the copy back to the original name.

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82 Points

6 months ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Shared team library.

When will Adobe, make Lightroom available for multi-users? Now that my team work remotely (Covid-19 rules) they cannot access our extensive photo library catalogue through lightroom. Is there a work around for this? Everyone needs to be able to access the photos and the catalog for work.  We use Lightroom Classic.