Lightroom: Ability to do synchronization between two pc's over a local network

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A function to sync catalogs between two pc's.

Not using the cloud. Two pc's that are literally standing next to each other don't need the cloud. Besides, catalogs can easily be hundreds of MB's, which will be too slow and/or too costly to push halfway across the world and back.

Right now the only way to do that is to close LR on both pc's, and copy the catalog files over manually. Seems crude. Also it only copies the catalogs, not settings and whatnot, and especially not previews.

This synchronization doesn't need to be realtime. Just a one-timer. So it's actually a "copy" more than a "sync". Either way, since one license is allowed to be used on multiple pc's, why not make doing so a tad easier?

It's not such a otherworldly scenario. If you move around, you might be switching between laptop and desktop occasionally, and syncing stuff between the two can be a pain as it is, not even counting LR.
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Easily done. See this article: http://lightroomkillertips.com/the-easiest-way-to-share-lightroom-catalogs-with-different-computers/

Goodsync runs it's own servers, one copy on each PC, don't need the cloud for anything. There's Black Friday pricing on it this weekend. www.goodsync.com
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What they suggest is basically this: copy the catalog manually to an external drive, then plug the external drive into the other pc, and then copy the catalog to that pc manually.

How is that better than what I'm currently doing? Which is copying the catalog over the network directly to the other pc?

It also says absolutely nothing about syncing generated previews, which is be a PITA if you need to regenerate them. It seems compelling to do that on the faster pc, but if you only copy the catalog file over, all those juicy previews will stay sat.

Sure, I COULD also copy over the previews folders. But do you have any idea how long that takes? Man, that's tens of thousands of small files. It'll take forever, whichever method you choose.

This is why I'm looking to SYNC them, not just bluntly copy them.
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GoodSync Connect can sync files directly between your computers, without slowness introduced by syncing via 3rd party servers.The process in the article above is basically the same using Goodsync except you configure Goodsync to sync *only changed files to the other PC*. Goodsync has many options to do this. Since Goodsync runs on BOTH PCs you can configure it to work in this this two way configuration. If you change files on one PC it will replicate the changes to the other PC. Or you can choose to have the files synced (copied) in one direction only. You pick as many, or as few folders as you like. For LR, just make sure you pick all the folders you want synced as LR has stuff spread out all over the place, i.e. presets, plugins, catalog, previews, and/or the photos themselves.

You can even specify when Goodsync does the synchronization (i.e. as soon as a file has changed, a few min after a change, or at a predetermined time.  You can even setup multiple sync/copy tasks. For example, you could setup a 2 way sync between your PCs and a concurrent task to sync folders in one direction only to somewhere else for a backup, such as an external drive, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, or Azure.

I do some computer programming and I use Goodsync for those files also. It keeps both my PCs synced with the most current copy of my code. So I can work on either machine and the changes are automatically propagated to the other machine.

Hope this helps you as it does work (assuming both PCs have enough hard drive space to hold all the files/folders you choose to sync.)