Lightroom: Lost Gallery. Can't search multiple Libraries, have to open each.

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#1 Lost Collection/Library.
I just spent an hour searching through "Libraries" looking for the 1,200 images in last week's "Collection." They're gone.
If you (Adobe) think it's such a great idea to turn my working file system on its ear, at least give me a way to search for a file name across multiple Libraries.
Now I have to start from scratch.
#2 Import
When I create and select a Collection, why doesn't Import import to that collection?
For all I love about Lightroom, file/data management sucks monumentally.
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Found them ... finally.
I had neglected to launch my Portraits library at the original Import.
The export/import from wrong Library to the correct one was a no-injury train wreck, but it's done.
The original feature request stands, though. It would be awesome if I could search multiple .lrcat databases for their contained images or catalogs.
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As you may be aware, most Lr "experts" recommend minimizing the number of catalogs you use. But if you prefer to use multiple catalogs, here are a couple of plugins which you may find worthwhile:

1. Allows browsing previews of non-open catalogs - sorry: don't remember plugin name or author, but I could probably wrack my brains if you press..

2. Xurchin (free, by me) - supports cross-catalog searching. So far, keywords are the only search criteria, but more criteria could be added.
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> If you (Adobe) think it's such a great idea to turn my working file system on its ea

Adobe doesn't change your filling system at all. You can add the photos at their existing locations. Why are you using so many different catalogs?
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Not so much changing my filing system, but very much how I manage it.
Baby steps... ;)
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Rob & Victoria, thanks for not thinking I'm an idiot.

I was completely unprepared for the nuances of Lightroom's handling of files. I am accustomed to using Nikon's freeware to do rough processing of image batches into a Windows folder structure then tweaking with Photoshop. In those simpler times, if I wanted to move an image group, I just moved to a new folder. Now I have Lightroom with its Library and Catalog schema (enter database, backups, and xml data).

I shoot weddings, events, portraits, just for fun, etc.

My filing system is evolving but is settling into a Portrait Library, Wedding Library, etc. In a Portrait Library I have a Crystal, an Alexa, and an Oceane, catalog.

Are the experts suggesting that every shoot/session gets its own Library?

If yes, I think I'm coming to see the logic there. Trying to work smarter, not stoopider. ;)
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Most experts agree that you have as few catalogs as you can get away with. It adds unnecessary complications otherwise.

I'd suggest either putting everything in one catalog (or having a current working catalog and an archive catalog). If there's a really defined edge between shoots (i.e. work vs. personal) that never overlap, then they could go in separate catalogs.

Then you don't really have to think about the catalog - you just move the folders in the Folders panel, as you would have before.

You can use Import from Catalog to merge all of your separate catalogs into one big one.
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Turns out I'm an idiot after all.

When I cited Library I mean Catalog [rage post ... derp]
And my use of Catalog actually meant Collection

So yes, I have been evolving to fewer Catalogs, each containing multiple Collections. This particular lost collection was a combination of negligence and absentmindedness.

So my initial rant technically made zero sense and should have read "Lost Collection. Can't search multiple Catalogs."

Thanks Victoria.
Jeff
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Not an idiot, just confused! Sounds like you're getting it clearly in mind now anyway.