Improving the LR experience storing the Catalog on a fast USB drive

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I have a quite big catalog of pictures and a small HD on my PC. For this reason I have found very useful to use Lightroom with the catalog (and the previews) on a very fast USB stick and the pictures on an external HD.
In this way I can browse the picture and work with their metadata without saturating my pc and without carrying the actual pictures all the time.
The USB 3 drive is so fast that the catalog can be browsed much faster than when it was on the hard drive.

The software supports the workflow well except when I have to import new data: as soon as the import window is open Lightroom hangs for 45 seconds while trying to find new pictures in the usb stick that contains its own 52000 previews.
Can you make it skip its own folders while looking for pictures, at least for the catalog that is currently open?

Another useful feature would be to be able to exports the offline pictures, exploiting the previews and limiting the size to what is available in there.

Finally, to make the tool even better, a lightweight HTTP server that is able to read the catalog and serve the pictures contained in the preview would make the usb stick usable to show the pictures to family and friends on their own computer. Lightroom would be still needed to import, organise and develop the pictures, but these could be shown without the need to export them.
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|> "Another useful feature would be to be able to exports the offline pictures, exploiting the previews and limiting the size to what is available in there."

Lr5 can export smart previews, but only if photos are offline. PreviewExporter can export regular (lib) previews or smart previews (whether photos are offline or not).
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|> "a lightweight HTTP server that is able to read the catalog and serve the pictures contained in the preview would make the usb stick usable to show the pictures to family and friends on their own computer. Lightroom would be still needed to import, organise and develop the pictures, but these could be shown without the need to export them."

Great idea, but may get lost in this "problem report" - consider a separate "feature request" (Idea).

PS - I use TreeSyncPublisher to maintain trees of consumable images. They still need to be exported, but it's one click and then they're there for serving via HTTP, DLNA, or whatever...

~R.