Lightroom: Ability to backup without exiting and naming them descriptively

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I wish there was a way to backup the catalog without having to close LR. Also, a way to name it so that I know what it was for. Currently, I have to close LR, go to the backup, create a subfolder with a descriptive name, and then move the backup into the folder.
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Dinyar Chavda

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LR has to be closed because the catalog is a database file that needs to be disconnected from LR to be backed up. Are you wanting LR to back up one catalog while you work on another, or are you asking for LR to restart after it has finished so you don't have to double-click on the LR icon as another step?

I always just use the same backup folder and the backup set has the date-time as its subfolder name. All the folders are backups of the same catalog so there's no need to have anything other than the timestamp as the backup set name.
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Rob Cole

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One way to backup (most of) your catalog without exiting LR:

1. Select all photographs.
2. Invoke "File menu -> Export As Catalog".

Export as backup in location of your choosing (with any name you want..).

The exported catalog will contain almost everything, but will NOT contain all publish service info, so you'd need to re-setup publish services if you were to do a whole-sale fall-back to exported catalog. Still, it has everything else, so perfect for recovery by importing..

I usually just save XMP as my "backup" between catalog backups, but exporting as catalog saves more stuff (pick flags, virtual copies, edit history, collections..).

Rob
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Dinyar Chavda

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I’m sorry, Steve, that I did not respond earlier. I must have missed notification of your response, but did get Rob’s reply.

What I was hoping for is the ability to periodically backup the catalog I’m working on, and have it save in the background while I keep working on the pictures. I’ve had LR freeze, and occasionally lost my work.

If I may add another wish, I often find myself unintentionally closing LR by pressing the Close (X) button, because I want to work on some other picture, and am so used to closing one picture and opening another (e.g., in PS, where a picture is in its own window). I wish LR would ask to confirm closure of the program when you click the red X! 

Rob, I think your suggestion would work—I’ll have to try it in my workflow. Question—if you wanted to save any Develop changes you’d made to the picture, would you have to export the negative files and previews also? I’m assuming the answer is yes, at least re the negative files, as you can always generate the previews.
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Hi Dinyar,

No need to export negative files in order to save develop changes, those changes will be in the catalog.

Just note, you need 2 ingredients to make a developed (exported) file:
1. Original imported file in expected location.
2. Develop settings in the catalog.

In other words, the exported catalog will have #2 only, unless you export the negatives along with.

What I am trying to say is:
* you don't need to export negatives too, as long as you still have them in the expected location.

Put another way: you can backup negatives too if you want to, but they don't hold the develop settings changes.

Dunno if I clarified or muddied !?

R
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Dinyar Chavda

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Gotcha! Thanks, Rob, that would make the export much faster than if I also had to export the negatives also.