Lightroom: create collections based on PhotoShelter lightboxes, file lists or other external data

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I wish that there was a way to create quick collections or do complex searches based on lists of filenames, CSV files, etc.

Frequently, when a client requests images from me, I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time just pulling up the images that they want.

Sometimes they make a lightbox of their selects in my Photoshelter account. Sometimes, they send me a spreadsheet or organized list of their choices. Sometimes they send me a mess of an email that I have to decipher to figure out which images they want. But no matter what, I then find myself having to scroll through Lightroom, tracking down the images one by one before I can develop them, and it seems like a bit of a waste of time.

Ideally, I'd love to see an API providing for two-way sync with services like Photoshelter, where a client could make selections via my web archive, I could then have those images automatically selected to develop in Lightroom, and automatically replace them back into the web gallery or export them for my client.

I've tried copying batches of filenames into the search field to do a search where the filename contains any of them, but that gets painfully slow and seems only suited to small selections of images.

Any thoughts?
Thank you,
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Jacques-Jean Tiziou

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