LIGHTROOM: I'd like to be able to add an exported image to any Catalog

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When exporting an image, we currently have the option to add the exported image to the current Catalog by selecting the Add to This Catalog check box.

I'd like to extend this so it's possible to add the exported image to any selected Catalog.
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Rob Cole

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Do you mean any selected catalog, or a specified collection. The former isn't doable, the later is.

If the former, the work-around is to combine catalogs.

Sorry if this is not how you want it. Adobe has heard your Idea, I'm just trying to provide a work-around for the mean time.
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I recommend using a tree publishing service for exporting to the photo tree of the master catalog. You can't add to the master catalog itself, directly, upon export, but you can at least assure new photos will be seen by it, in the correct position in the hierarchy, and changes will get updated in it, and if photo is retired from yearly catalog, it will be missing in the master (since publish service will remove it from the exported tree).

Assuming you have so published from yearly catalog(s), then just resync root folder(s) of master catalog each time you load it and it will be always up to date. Makes sense?
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Yes, this makes perfect sense, although has more steps to remember than I'm doing at the moment! :)

Also, I don't want anything to be removed from the master catalog if it's removed from the yearly catalog - say by accident!
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There are only two steps to remember:
1. Click Publish in your yearly catalog.
2. Resync folder in your master catalog to incorporate published photos.

How many steps are in your current procedure - just one?

I would think you'd want the master catalog to mirror the yearly source catalogs, otherwise how do you remove the junk from the master?
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I'm only exporting JPEG images that I intend to supply to a stock photography library. These should *never* be deleted from my yearly catalog, as these are my original RAW files. Other images may be deleted from the yearly catalog, of course, but these should never be in the master catalog. This means that the master catalog will never contain junk - unless you have an objection to my images! :)

My current procedure has two steps, export from yearly and import to master. It's simple, but I forget to import into the master sometimes, and I get out of sync.

This is why I want a simple one step procedure.
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The alternate procedure I developed for you would eliminate mistakes, not reduce step count. Granted, a change would need to be made to the publishing service to not delete published photos when source photos deleted.
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Lightroom can only access one Catalog at any point in time, so I do not see how it could be a simple process to achieve what you are attempting to do.
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Not documented, but not hard to reverse engineer either - just get yourself a sqlite client app and dive into the lrcat file. I use SQLite Spy, but there are others.
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@Rob - Okay, thanks! I may have a look, but would prefer Adobe to do it for me! :)
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It will be a non-trivial venture, to be sure - may help you appreciate if Adobe doesn't get around to it for a while ;-}.

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@Rob - Well, I don't believe it *should* be a difficult task, but even so, just because something is difficult, doesn't mean it shouldn't be attempted...
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I agree - I think you should do it. You just need to fill out a row in a half dozen tables or so.