Lightroom: Custom location of Previews.lrdata files

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Please make it possible to store Previews.lrdata at another location.My setup is the following:I have a NAS containing all my RAW images and I switch between several computers running lightroom. Since the catalog have to be stored on a local drive, I have it in my Dropbox, in order to sync it between all computers. BUT Lightroom also stores the Previews.lrdata next to the catalog, and I don't want this. (I know that i can use some symlink tricks but over time, dropbox messes up and overwrites the symlinks)I consider the preview data as a simple cache, which only speeds up the browsing of images. It should not reside in the same location as my important data (NEF and lrcat files), but be located in either the temp dir or in a folder like /Users/esben/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Previews - Just like the way a web browser caches its files...At least, you should make it an option to store the previews data apart from the catalog file.
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Andrew Orlow

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Completely agree.
This is utterly stupid. But nothing has changed :D
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The previews are not a simple cache to speed up browsing, they are an essential part of the catalog. Without the previews your images cannot be viewed at all. Of course that doesn’t mean they could not be stored elsewhere, but many people misunderstand their importance. The fact that Lightroom can rebuild them does not mean they can be missed.
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Paul

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What make of NAS are you using?  if it's a Synology, you might want to experiment with their new Drive app, which is their take on Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive etc
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Andrew Orlow

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It's not about sync apps. There are a lot of scenarios where its an issue. I use one of cloud services, and it has to reupload all of that shit alongside with the photos and catalogue, and it takes 500-600mb! Very, very stupid.