Lightroom Classic: 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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Excellent input
( if indeed one can not even find via Metadata search ?
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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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The main reason I could use a searchable smart collection variable as to exported by LR or not is so I can know which pictures I have already exported using one of my presets for certain publications more easily & not have to try and guess the original filename before I renamed them while importing them / renamed them as I exported them to meet the publisher's specifications.  Otherwise I am stuck searching massive shot collections in Develop mode peeking in the history tab to see if it shows "Exported" for each and every picture.  Slow with > 252793 photos so far.

It also could let me know if I backed a photo up to a specific location so that I would be more comfortable removing massive number of photos from my LR catalog if I knew the photos themselves were backed up on an external/network drive for instance.
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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.
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I agree. I would like to see a small corner badge on photos in the library indicating if they had been previously exported. 

As a casual user of lightroom, who shoots in raw, I have thousands of photos in my library and only a couple hundred that I have actually edited and exported. Going back months or even just weeks it gets really frustrating to figure out if I have already exported a photo before. The closest solution I have found it is going into develop and then looking at history to see if they photo was exported. 

It would make my life a lot easier if I could just toggle on/off an indicator badge in the library window. 
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Could you give us an idea of why you need to know whether you've exported? That'll help your case. 
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+1 for me on this topic.  I integrate a few different device and activities through my lightroom processing, do some grading, minor touchups, dump the keepers to a drop folder for eventual placement in their long term storage.  I'll tend to batch this activity up every couple of weeks - but it's easy to forget which stage and from which source I've already moved through the process.  Activity is a bit interrupt driven so it's easy to end up with a couple day latency between some steps.
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A badge is probably of limited value for most photographers, because that will only tell you that the image has been exported at least once. Not how many times, and for whom. If you work for more than one client, that won’t be very helpful. Why don’t you create a collection per client and add the images to this collection when you export them for this client. Or indeed add a non-exporting keyword like ‘ExportedClientName’.
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I think that all depends on each photographers workflow. I create a new folder for each client/project, and then want to quickly see which photos I have processed when it comes time to cull the dead ones, or to export a different process on the same image for variety, or to merge them. I think a lot of photographers would get value out of this - at least as much as the "has adjustments" badge, because frankly, what images don't have adjustments :) 
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Man I so wish this was built in. I recently moved from Capture one and I didn't realize how much I rely on that badge! 

Anyway, simplest workaround I can think of is to reserve one of your color ratings to mean "exported", and make a habit of hitting the corresping # every time you export - e.g. I hit 6 then export, so I look for the red flagged images when I want to see which I have exported. But I have not yet formed the habit so it's a little hit and miss.  

Please Adobe, add the badge!!
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While waiting for Adobe to implement this (3 years and counting), you could use the Run Any Command plugin to automatically add exported photos to a collection.  
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Would also be a great wonder of limitless value to be able to search a catalog's History log for current collection photos containing a certain character string as part of a smart collection toggle.  For strings such as "Exported to -" or "Crop Ratio set at" could make for some very practical smart collection that need further touching up, weeding out, or nuking w/o recycle type. :)  ** sigh **
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Merging with existing feature request

Please reference the new conversation here: Search catalog history

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