LR: Auto Export smart collections to sync mobile devices

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I find I spend a fair amount of time trying to keep my iPad photos synced with my Lightroom output, smart collections that aggregate my 5 star images are great but I still have to find time to export those to my iPad folder where they get synced later.

Probably the easiest solution might be a batch export process in Lightroom that I could assign any number of smart collections to, the batch could be set to run on a schedule

Maybe someone else has found a slick solution to this ?
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muro

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Beat Gossweiler

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I use Published Smart Folders to harddisk, and have those directories selected for sync in iTunes.

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That sounds like exactly the solution! I admit I overlooked the hard drive option of 'Publish'..
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muro

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Oh, not really, though it saves a couple steps, it looks to me that it still requires me to remember to publish the updates? That is the weak link in my current system,
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True, you still have to remember a minimum of what you did :-)

But it's got a few advantages:

  • It only republishes (and therefore syncs with the iPad) only the changed images
  • You're shown if there are any images that need republishing (I always keep the "Published Photos" section collapsed, so I see immediately if there's anything new/changed when clicking through the smart folders)
  • You don't have to remember folders and output settings, once it's set up


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When I lock my photos (indicating finished again, for now...), they are automatically republished. This feature presently requires a plugin (ChangeManager), but hopefully Adobe will implement something similar natively one of these days...