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Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:28 AM

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Lightroom mobile: Ability to sync multiple catalogs

Lightroom Mobile: Please add the ability to Sync multiple CATALOGS at the same time. Have tiered pricing for larger cloud capacities...er whatever you need to do to justify it. JUST PLEASE add support for multiple catalogs. :)

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402 Points

7 years ago

Yes, this would be great. Further, please consider providing a way for a laptop to sync with a desktop. The work flow would be to keep the desktop as home base and sync either the laptop and/or iPad with it.

Multiple catalogs and multiple devices ... That's where we want to go.

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88 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sync multiple catalogues at once on Lightroom for Mobile.

Lightroom Mobile syncing on multiple catalogs at once is not currently possible.

I'd like to get that facility accesible.

I have 2 or 3 catalogs for different purposes - one being for school, and i'd like to be able to access all of my catalogs at different times, ie; showing my teacher some of my images on my ipad , and then later on showing my other non-school related images to my friends.

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5 years ago

I have just put this request in as well. At least do not delete the data from other catalogues on the mobile device

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM - Mobile Synch with multiple catalogues.

I have upgraded to LR 6 CC. I could not be happier. The synch feature with mobile devices is superb. I have one suggestion, make the synch feature work with multiple catalogue's. Just lock the catalogue which is is not in use. If this feature was available, you would have a game changer in my opinion.

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5 years ago

Guys, your request would hold a bit more weight if you could explain why you need to work with multiple catalogs, rather than merging them into a single catalog. Can you explain a bit more?

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122 Points

5 years ago

Hi Victoria,

The question is certainly a reasonable one.

There are three reasons for myself; 1) I find it to cumbersome once the catalogue reaches around 8000 images, 2) I have separate catalogues by project or client. and 3) I do not want to open a catalogue and people see content which does not pertain to them. People are shockingly noisy:). You could also have material that others might find offensive.

Make no mistake I love the software and the ability to synch with it.

John

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Thanks John. Sometimes people split their catalogs up just because they've heard it's a good idea or they've heard LR can't handle big catalogs. I'd agree on reasons 2 and 3 being good reasons for multiple catalogs.

It'd be useful to get others feedback on their reasons too.

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Yes - I just created a new catalog and found out the hard way that Lightroom Mobile can only sync with one catalog!
My reason is - I recently started some commercial photoshoots and putting those in the same catalog didn't completely make sense. I am aware that Lightroom does give you enough options to separate things within one catalog, but I guess it just makes sense when you can cut down on distractions (family photos, dog photos, the photos from the last trip that your auntie made and things of that nature!). One catalog for personal photos and one catalog for business makes quite a bit of sense!
Just out of curiosity Victoria, you don't subscribe to the school of multiple catalog thought?

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Yes and no.  I think there's a place for multiple catalogs - business vs. personal is a reasonable division as long as there's no overlap - but I sort out a HUGE number of problems caused by arbitrary divisions.  

That said, if you need to be able to sync photos from both categories, keeping business and personal together can work fine, especially if you keep the photos in separate folder and collection structures (e.g. under Business vs. Personal parent folders)

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Hi Victoria,

What HUGE number of problems are there from your point of view? Would you like to share these with us? I can't think of any... It might be my limited view on this matter so please feed me with your thoughts on this topic.

Thanks in advance.

Frans

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Sure, no problem Frans. 

I speak to numerous people who have ended up with the same photos in multiple catalogs. There are a number of problems that result, including users moving photos in one catalog and the photos then being missing in the other catalogs.  They may edit photos in one catalog but not in the others, and can't work out which version is their latest.  They end up with some photos keyworded on one catalog, starred in another, edited in another, and want to know why their work is missing.  Then they edit photos in Photoshop, and those derivative files only end up in one catalog.  Or they end up with duplicate versions on the hard drive, imported to different catalogs and different folders, which gets even more complicated.

But even there's no overlap, there are still issues like trying to find photos again, since you can't search across multiple catalogs.  If you're running a long process like a big export, you can't switch catalogs to work on something else.  It's harder to keep track of backups.  You can end up with variations in metadata and keyword spellings.  If I put my mind to it, I could add to the list, but that's plenty for this time of the morning!

That's not to say there aren't some circumstances where multiple catalogs can be useful.  For example, I have a separate test catalog from my personal catalog.  Work vs. personal can also work well, if there's no overlap.  But it's not something I recommend to most users, unless they understand the full workflow and repercussions of their choice.