Lightroom: Queue photos for export while continuing to edit another catalogue

  • 3
  • Idea
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • (Edited)
I am a wedding photographer and my challenge is waiting for photos to complete exporting from Lightroom while I have other projects I need to work on. My workflow gets interrupted and I wish that Lightroom had a feature similar to Media Encoder.
Photo of sjanesphotos

sjanesphotos

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 2 years ago

  • 3
Photo of Simon Chen

Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

  • 1490 Posts
  • 471 Reply Likes
Can you help explain "my workflow gets interrupted"? Is it mostly the edit performance slowdown when the exports are running in the background? If that is the case, would you prefer prioritizing Lr to be more responsive for editing tasks that you are doing in Lr and let the background export runs its course at a slower pace, or you would rather the export to finish ASAP while sacrificing the Lr responsiveness?
Photo of Simon Chen

Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

  • 1490 Posts
  • 471 Reply Likes
You can launch two instances of Adobe Lightroom on the same machine (Mac OS X only workaround) and have each instance working with a different catalog. There is a simple workaround: Find  the application/executable folder where Lightroom is installed on your system. On Mac, it is typically at "/Applications/Adobe Lightroom/". Duplicate the folder and rename it as "/Applications/Adobe Lightroom Copy/". Now you can launch two instances of Lightroom, one from the original location with the first catalog and the second one from the copy location with a second catalog. It should work. The two instances will share the same Lightroom user prefs among others.
(Edited)
Photo of john beardsworth

john beardsworth

  • 1095 Posts
  • 257 Reply Likes
You sure about this, Simon? At least on Windows, I don't seem to be able to start a second instance. There may be some missing steps, but I tried dragging and dropping lrcat files on the copy's instance of lightroom.exe, or even renaming that instance to lightroom2.exe. In each case, it activated the existing open instance of Lightroom.
Photo of Simon Chen

Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

  • 1490 Posts
  • 471 Reply Likes
I only confirmed the workaround on Mac OS X yesterday. Trying on Windows, you are correct that it does not work. So the workaround is limited to Mac OS X for now. Thanks for pointing it out John :-)
Photo of john beardsworth

john beardsworth

  • 1095 Posts
  • 257 Reply Likes
Might it be interesting to consider what it would take to make it work?
Photo of John R. Ellis

John R. Ellis, Champion

  • 3857 Posts
  • 1014 Reply Likes
Simon's trick will be quite useful to me for another reason: I'd like to keep multiple minor versions installed, to make it easy to test out previous versions.  Having that available on Windows as well as Mac would be that much more helpful.