Lightroom: No duplicate files allowed?

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This is bizarre!

I am a professional photographer who manages over 150,000 files for numerous clients and for my own businesses.

After the HUGE kerfuffle of the hideous Import Dialog mess (which has now been resolved) they RETAINED NO DUPLICATE FILES as a new standard!

WHAT!?

These are MY files!

If I want them in ten different places (because I actually use LR to CATALOG files) I must be able to do that.

Yes, even if the folks at Adobe deem that dumb - they should ASK ME if I want to do that, not just high-handedly BLOCK me from doing it.

Am I pissed?

Yes!

I just spent a half hour trying to figure out where my files were when I had just output them to use them in a new version of a website.

OH! They won't get imported!

During Synchronize Folder it says "12 files" then imports only 2! (ten are dupes)

WTF!!

Get your hands OFF my file structure and let ME handle my life!

GRRRR!!!!!

BTW: I'm just following the cute little instruction below to "Get emotional!"
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Charles Waugh

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To explain further:
I use Lightroom to SEE WHAT FILES ARE WHERE on my disk.

But, it has now unilaterally decided to NOT SEE files!

So, If I have MY OWN avatar on my disk for TWO of MY OWN websites (which would have very different URL locators) I can't see them in Lightroom. The 'card catalog' metaphor is broken - only ONE card in the catalog on the shelf at a time.

So, you can have 50 COPIES of a book on the shelf, but the librarian will only tell you that you have ONE. That's a crappy way to manage assets - real OR digital.

What a mess.

What a terribly frustrating, Interface by Fisher-Price mess.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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"I use Lightroom to SEE WHAT FILES ARE WHERE on my disk."

That is actually not how Lightroom is designed to be used. Lightroom was never designed to be used in place of an OS file utility as Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. Adobe Bridge fulfills that role in the Adobe EcoSystem. Lightroom is designed to manage files which have specifically and deliberately been imported into your catalog which are part of a digital photography workflow.

Duplicate files play havoc with many users and while Lightroom is designed to prevent the accidental importation of duplicate files you can override this. In the File Handling panel of the Import Dialog (RH Side - Top) is a checkbox called: "Don't Import Suspected Duplicates". Turn this off. If you turn it off and perform an import, it should stay in the unchecked position.
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Rikk,
THANK YOU!
Oddly enough, you answered my question.
:-)

If I IMPORT once with 'duplicates allowed' turned on, then when I use SYNCHRONIZE FOLDER, it's turned on there as well (though there is no documentation or dialog or information regarding that feature).

So, it works! Thank you.
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Yeah, Synchronize uses the current settings of the Import. So, if you change Import, Synchro uses it.

Glad you are where you need to be!