CMYK workflow with Lightroom? or?

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Hey, I have a ton of raw files and all of them are going to be printed in a cmyk process - what is the best workflow to develop the images and taking into account the cmyk destination? (since lightroom does not support cmyk soft proofing)
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Andrew Rodney

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Use Photoshop! More important, get the actual output profile for the specific job.
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Thanks Andrew, I have the output profile - but the files to be processed are in the range of thousands - and doing that through photoshop seems a bit cumbersome. I know the soft proofing of lightroom in the past version has not been working so it was taking out of the software. 

Any other suggestions on what I could use to develop thousands of images taking into account the destination is cmyk?

Hopefully I am overlooking something!
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Check out the 'Image Processor' script in Photoshop. If you create an action that converts the image to the CMYK profile, you could then use 'Image Processor' to batch convert all the images and apply the action during that process.
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Do it in Photoshop with one photo and create an action which you then save as a droplet. You can then set the droplet as an external editor in Lightroom, or invoke it through the export dialog's post processing section.
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Since I would soft proof each image to determine the preferred rendering intent as it is image specific, difficult to batch process. You can force one and do so with an action then droplet using Photoshop.
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Thank you for the tips... all of the images need separate development, and cropping - only a few settings can be standardised like the camera and lens profile applied, which I am doing now through presets right now. I like to be able to create virtual copies of the images to compare different options to see how they go together...  to be a able to go back and forth... basically what lightroom allows me to do.

Photoshop and scripting/batch processing does not seem to be an option.

Are there any hints out there when cmyk soft proofing will be available again in lightroom?
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Don't hold your breath on anything CMYK. The engine is all RGB and Adobe tried a few CMYK centric features awhile ago and they largely didn't work at all or poorly. It's not the tool for CMYK work anyway. IF you must force a rendering intent on batch images, I'd soft proof a few and decide which to use (or just blindly convert using Relative Colorimetric).