Lightroom: Badge to indicate which photos have been exported

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Currently there is no way to tell which photos have been exported or not. Not as a group anyway. I do know you can find "Export" in the Develop - History tab, but that requires you to check each photo individually.

Since I will have to send photos to my editor rapidly, there are several situations in which I do not remember which photos I sent last time and not. So... why isn ́t there a badge showing me this? (Like crop, edit, etc).

That, and maybe also in addition; a way to create smart collection matches that says "Exported  - True / Not True"
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Niala

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Excellent input
( if indeed one can not even find via Metadata search ?
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Endre Vellene

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It is not possible to search for "exported" as a word in metadata, since it is not part of the actual file.

The closest thing is using the metadata "Develop -> " but as mentioned,  "Exported" is not an option. Only "Has adjustments" or "Cropped", etc.
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Well, you can always put the exported files in a subfolder 'Export' of the original folder - that is one of the options in the Export dialog. Or you can add '-export' to the filename, using the rename option of the Export Dialog.


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It is a workaround, however, your first option would start taking up a lot of space, and require me to constantly check the folder and which filenames are allready there. At least when I usually don't export files to HDD, only send them directly with FTP  (If I ever need those files myself they are still there, ready to be exported at another time - saves space.)

Second option would not help much as it would only rename the exported file and not the original one. Leaving me again to create a collection of mirrors to double check.

I appreciate suggestions though. :) Don't wanna be negative, but I still want that option to tag dem natively.
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There is of corse a "workaround" this way :
Before (/after/wile) exporting, select all concerned and sync
- Add Keywords to exported photos (Have for instance a set of 9 related codes)
- or fill-in (for instance) the metadata-field  "Name of the copy" with something like "Exported" and /or "printed" etc.

(Then, these images can be searched and also will automatically populate correspondingly created Smart-Collections.)

( I just tried a way using "Create Snapshot" see if it's naming could be searched but doesn't seem to be possible. (But to include "Create Snapshot" in a workflow as suggested above, that could add sense- and call them like "Exported +date".)

That leads to an extension of Your suggestion : Add  Badge also for  "PRINTED".

Even better maybe :
Every export, and every printing, 
should not only get an automatic badge (within searchable metadata),
but it should also : trigger auto-creation of snapshots
named  accordingly (such as  "Exported_Date_Time"  or  "Printed_Date_Time").
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Endre Vellene

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Are Adobe employees checking these forums for inputs and requests? And how would we know if they actually take note and start implementing the feature in patches/updates? Are we just crossing fingers every time there is a notification about a new update, or do Adovbe usuall reply to these kind of posts?
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Changes are noted in the release notes, and the thread is usually updated when it goes live. They don't often update the thread or comment before a feature is made available.