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NETWORKING LIGHTROOM

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How to make Lightroom a net-workable application by storing it in the cloud.

Smart workaround if your planning to access the same Lightroom catalog from multiple machines. We have set this up in our own office and it works beautifully on 3 iMac’s and a MacBook Pro, the only limitation is that only one computer can have the catalog open at a time and you will need to mount the drive with your images for the additional computers.

1. Sign up for a free Dropbox account. Here is direct link to sign up to get a free 2GB Dropbox account www.dropbox.com.

2. Download and install the Dropbox application for your platform/operating system on all computers where you want to share your Lightroom catalogs. Check the box ‘Enable LAN sync’ in the preferences panel to take advantage of your home network speed syncing the Dropbox files to your other networked computers.

3. Either create a new Lightroom catalog, in a new folder in your Dropbox, or move an excising catalog there. We suggest using the minimal previews in the catalog settings, for this method to save syncing time and Dropbox space.
if you don’t know where your Lightroom catalogs are click Lightroom on the top menu bar and click ‘catalog Settings’. On top of the information panel you can see the path, click ‘Show’ and Lightroom will open the folder for you.

4. Now wait for the catalog to sync through Dropbox to your other computers. When synced (you will know that the sync is finished, when folder has a green tick on it), open the catalog in Lightroom on the second computer, You now need to tell Lightroom where your images are, you will see question marks on your archives in the left side panel, meaning missing folder or files, to direct Lightroom to the right location, right click the top folder in your Lightroom archive on the left side panel in the Library view [G], click find missing folder and locate your photo archives on your network and click ok. If you can’t find your image drive or folder on then network you probably need to share it on the network first. (Right click on your image archive folder or drive, and tick share on network)

5. And just as a reminder, always close the Lightroom catalog on one computer before accessing it on the other. Check in your Dropbox folder that it has the green check before opening just to be safe you got the latest updates synced as well.…

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