Lightroom Classic: Publish Service Unpublished Photos Indicator

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Currently, when using Publishing Services in Lightroom Classic, there is no way to tell which Publishing Service contains unpublished images.

For example, I have many collections within the Flickr publish service. If I want to make sure they are all up to date, I need to click on each one in the left column of the Library module and, then, look at the grid to see if there are new photos or modified photos to be published.

It would be better if Lightroom Classic could  automatically show me which collections need to be updated. This could be accomplished by the software adding some kind of indicator graphic or a color label (red, maybe) to the collections containing unpublished photos.This way I can quickly see which ones need updating.
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Alan Haynes

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john beardsworth

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While there's some merit in the suggestion, did you know that you can select all those collections and publish them with one click? You select them, hold down Alt/Opt and notice how the Publish button changes to Publish Selected.
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Hmm, when you select multiple collections and click Publish (without holding down Alt/Opt), LR publishes all the selected collections. 

It doesn't appear that holding down Alt/Opt does anything different (other than change the button's label to Publish Selected).  
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I agree that visually marking which collections need publishing would be useful.

Clicking Publish with many collections selected can be very slow, especially with services like Flickr and Zenfolio that try to download comments even if no photos need to be published-- that can be excruciatingly slow on large collections.

As a workaround to having this built-in, you might consider the Published Collections command of the Any Source plugin, which shows you all collections and how many photos in each that need publishing; it also lets you select which collections should be published and how many to be published concurrently.
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Alan Haynes

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 I agree that publishing many collections simultaneously can be very slow. In the past, it has crashed Lightroom for me. I haven't tried doing this in a long time, but I'll try it again and see what happens. {Not holding my breath}
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I use Any Source regularly to publish and update many dozens of collections with many thousands of photos on Flickr and Zenfolio.  I regularly publish 4 to 6 collections concurrently with those services, mainly because they are so slow and flaky, often terminating with a server-side error after ten or twenty photos.   But I've never experienced LR 7, 8, or 9 crashing.

Flickr used to be horrendous but now that they've been bought by Smugmug, it seems to be more reliable. Zenfolio has its ups and downs, and if I have a lot of photos to publish, I wait until the evening when it seems less loaded and more reliable.  Downloading comments from Flickr can take hours for a collection with a thousand photos.

(And though I'm retired from Silicon Valley, I still very much develop and maintain plugins -- not dead yet!)
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Hello John. Good to know you're still in the Lightroom Plugin business. I'll check into your plugin. Retirement is the best gig I've ever had. I hope you feel the same way.