Can Lightroom Classic read star ratings created from other programs?

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Hello! I shoot a bunch of photos and process them using Lightroom (Classic). Starring or flagging all of these photos comes next and it can take a ton of time to do. My partner would like to help get through the rating step but needs access to my computer to do so, which isn't always available.

I thought maybe there was a Lightroom-friendly Adobe (or 3rd party) product that would let me or my partner get through the ratings without needing access to my computer, like on iOS or Android or something. Maybe something like Plex or something that could run on a NAS? Ideally, once the star/flag/etc. was tagged to a particular photo, Lightroom would be able to see that rating and apply it to my main library. 

I feel like maybe Adobe had something like this, but now with the advent of Lightroom CC they removed older versions of cloud-based programs that could aid me with this. Any clues on how to accomplish this would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Bruce
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As long as the two apps write to the same EXIF tag that is doable.  Do you already have a NAS?  If so what make? Synology and QNAP both have an app called Photo Station where you can star rate.  However, you will need to read the tags from file in LR to pick up the ratings applied by your partner.  There is a risk of star wars. :)
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Why don't you just use Lightroom mobile on an Android phone or tablet, by signing in you can rate photos
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With LR Classic you can do this using Adobe Bridge, which is available for FREE:

http://prodesigntools.com/free-adobe-bridge-cc.html

EDIT NOTE: If your partner needs to see the files with your Develop edits the below Bridge workflow requires using DNG files. With any other file format (CR2, NEF, JPEG, etc.) your partner will need to use LR for this purpose. The benefit is that there is no need to share the LR catalog file.

There are a few caveats or potential for "star wars" as Paul mentioned. You'll need to apply the Develop settings and any Library metadata to the image files using 'Save Metadata to File' (CTRL/CMD +S) after completing your editing. This will create XMP files with that data when using raw files and write that data directly to DNG files. If using JPEGs, TIFF, PNG, or PSD files you'll need to check the 'Catalog Settings'  'Include Develop settings in metadata inside JPEGs, TIFF, PNG, and PSD files' option in the Metadata tab.

Your partner can than view the images in Bridge, which will appear with your Develop settings and any Library metadata applied. Star ratings can then be applied and will automatically be written to the file's XMP metadata. Once completed you'll need to use Library menu Metadata> 'Read metadata from file' to load his ratings into the LR catalog so they are visible to you. If you also want to use labels then you'll need to change LR's Library module menu Metadata> Color Label Set to 'Bridge Default.' If you need to run the files back to your partner after star ratings have been applied AND you've applied further edits then you'll need to use 'Save Metadata to File' (CTRL/CMD +S) for all shared files to add the updates in XMP metadata. Otherwise, the changes will not show in Bridge.

Once you understand the required XMP metadata "synchronization" it's pretty simple process. Just make sure you both don't edit the same files time at the same time.
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How would that work if user 1 rates an image 3, and user 2 rates it 4?  You can only have one star rating...?  I may be missing something...
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no, your not, i guess it only worked because the pics are in a collection that only contained my "picks" which are only 5's, your right, he changed my 5's to 3's but, it worked for the two of us for our purpose. thanks for clarifying that, I have so much to learn!
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TBH, if you are dependent on humans remembering to do the right think, it'll end in tears. :(

You'd be better using comments (if they're available) Paul 5*, John 3* etc.  Still one hell of a kludge though
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The OP Bruce Jamieson hasn't even replied yet to the suggestions you've offered! Let's let him reply before making further assumptions of what will work.
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I think a discussion between John and me on the same topic and about what he and I do is perfectly justified and will assist the OP in deciding what they choose to do.
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Wow, thanks for these terrific responses!

Paul, I’ve invested in a Synology. Since you mentioned it, I gave photo rating in Photo Station a try, and then later syncing it with LR. It worked! But I’ve found the actual process of assigning a rating to an image pretty slow in this program. No simple pressing the number 0-5, it was buried in a menu. I’m thinking of suggesting that to be made easier from the folks at Synology, and could see how this could work in a mobile setting as well.

John Zerfas, I think this must be the app I had heard about but I couldn’t find. Probably because I’m currently running iOS exclusive right now. This would have likely been a great option for me. NUTS!

Todd Shaner, I had no idea that Bridge would run without a paid CC subscription. This is a revelation to me. I’ve been able to experiment with this process and it seems to work very well! Though this still must be done in front of a computer and not mobile, it definitely solves the problem of the photo library being locked to a single LR Catalog on one computer.

Thanks, everyone!

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Not being a rating fan I hadn't tried the experience but, wow, you're right - you have to open an image full view and do Action > Rating > Select.  It's a bit easier if you have the system options set to always display the lightbox, because then there is an option top right, which is what your probably more accustomed to?



But that's still clunky.  What you really need is the option to display the rating on the thumbnail view and be able to adjust it there. 

Photo Station is long overdue for some major changes.  I think they have been concentrating the dev team's effort on the recently released Moments
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Paul, I learned early on that having a defined meaning for those star ratings is key For me,

0 = unrated or not really worth a second view.

1 = At least worth something 

2 = Best of a set of images, like if I snap eight images at the same time, three could be labeled “1,” and the best of those gets bumped up to a “2.”

3 = Best of the day

4 = I’m definitely printing this.

5 = Put this up on a wall somewhere.
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EVERYONE has completely missed the easy answer: The Adobe Web interface! He can login via any browser to https://lightroom.adobe.com, sign in with your Adobe ID (or you sign him in on his device, and save the password so he doesn't have to know it), and then he can do that anywhere online!
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Carlos, perhaps the "new" LR CC would work, but I'm sticking to Classic for now. Thanks!
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Carlos' suggestion does work with LR Classic for remote image file access and applying Star ratings and Pick flags. You can also use LR CC Mobile on iOS or Android devices for this purpose. The primary limitation when using LR Classic is that the uploaded images are Smart Previews with 2560x1440 maximum resolution. In addition most mobile devices don't have calibrated screens so it's difficult to determine "finite" sharpening, tone and color rendering. For general composition evaluation it should work fine. More here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/lightroom-mobile-desktop-features.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/mobile-apps/help/lightroom-mobile-faq.html
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I believe the Star Ratings from On1 Browse (if you want to use that to cull images and only import good images to Lr not all, like is required currently in Lr since its a catalog not an image browswer) will include your stars.