Lightroom: Turn on/off star rating (or others) for shared albums

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I just found the amazingly time saving feature to share albums with clients and let them directly (kind of) rate their preferred photos in the LR system.

But at the moment they can just give likes and comments, which I then manually have to convert into my star rating system (I told them to put 1-5 "*" in the comment field based on their priority).

So how about another switch in the sharing options, right where the "allow jpg download yes/no" option is, that goes "allow star rating yes/no".

The reason to have it able to turn off and on is because some might not want clients to mess their own ratings. But for me I could imagine I would share a fresh photoshoot, allow the clients to use the star rating in the beginning, have this data directly in LR without any manual transfer by me to easily work with.

And later when its time for me to decide I can just turn it off in the shared album and have it locked. Or maybe let people even choose to share the color selection system as an additional option. So the users can decide to allow access to one or both, so they can keep one for them self and allow the client to use another system.

But the "like" is a little bit disappointing my costumers are usually using the stars and showing me their priorities. And it would be a huge time saver if they could remotely rate those.
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Donna Wetter

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Edmund Gall

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I haven't tested the following, but I think you can achieve what you asked for with what's currently provided in LR. Instead of sharing the original photos, your create a synced collection of virtual copies of the final processed versions of the original photos. That way you can rate the original files using your own convention for stars & colour ratings, and apply a separate convention for the collection that customers interact with.

Thus, you can clear all stars & colours from the virtual copies in the shared/synced collection and allow customers to rate them as desired, while your own internal ratings on the original files in your folder remain untouched.

NOTE: The above is if you're using LR Classic and allowing customers to rate via synced collections through Lightroom for Web. I don't use Lightroom CC Desktop (meaning the desktop version of the fully CreativeCloud-based version of LR), so unsure how this would work in that version...

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There is no star rating for shared albums, so it doesn't matter if it's virtual copies or originals, that function is just not available in the shared album.
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Ahh - you're right. I'd forgotten that. Hopefully, since Adobe's only recently started to improve their online proofing feature, they expand it to suit situations requiring more nuance than just like vs no like (plus comments)...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled sterne bewertung.

sterne bewertung von Kunden in der freigegebenen Sammlung. Das wäre TOPP

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Also the ongoing numbers could get removed, people always think they could tell me something by "I like photo 79" and I reply "I can't see those numbers here in LR Classic, give me filenames, rate or comment that image", so those big numbers are an annoyance for this use case.