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LR messes up catalog sync folder and import to catalog

Participant ,
Nov 23, 2023 Nov 23, 2023

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My LR Classic has constant trouble with a catalog holding about 700 files. If I add new images to a folder in that catalog using windows explorer and then in LR tell it to synchronise, it pulls up hundreds of existing images besides the new ones I just added. 

I moved the folder to a different ssd and also recreated a new catalog for it yet the issue remains.

I also tried "import to this folder" but got confused as there are folders listed in both the left and right panels and I kept finding LR importing everything all over again, assigning a (2) to the file name. It is importing AND copying it seems.

Is there maybe a rogue file in that folder screwing up LR?

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Nov 24, 2023 Nov 24, 2023

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"Import to this folder" copies images to the selected folder and adds them to the catalog, so yes, if you do this with a folder that already contains these images, then they will be duplicated. That is simply user error; a misunderstanding of how this option works.

 

The first problem is a little more mysterious, but it is easily solved by using a slightly different workflow. Do not add the images to the final folder and then use 'Synchronize Folder', add them to a temporary folder and then use the normal 'Import photos and videos'. Select the final folder as the destination and use 'Move' at the top of the import dialog. Create an import preset (bottom center of the import dialog) so this becomes a one click option.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Nov 25, 2023 Nov 25, 2023

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Great, thank you. BTW, thisuser error occurs due to poorly designed and confusing UI as I'm a hardened IT pro.  I'll try your workaround but it shouldn't be neccessary should it? -:)

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Nov 25, 2023 Nov 25, 2023

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@brianw79828710 , it is so as designed LrC is a non-destructive editor and preserves the original integrity of the original image. This allows you to render raw digital images from your camera and still have the raw file for further future editing.

There is no save or save as options in LrC. to obtain an image with your edits "baked into" it you have to use the export option which creates another image.

Thare is always the option to use Adobe's original applications Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop to process, manage and share your images.

LrC is an alternative.

Regards, Denis: iMac 27” mid-2015, macOS 11.7.10 Big Sur; 2TB SSD, 24 GB Ram, GPU 2 GB; LrC 12.5, Lr 6.5, PS 24.7,; ACR 15.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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Great, thank you. BTW, thisuser error occurs due to poorly designed and confusing UI as I'm a hardened IT pro.  I'll try your workaround but it shouldn't be neccessary should it? -:)


By @brianw79828710

 

It shouldn't, and for most people it doesn't, but like I said, this is a mysterious one. I sometimes see something like it too. When I use Synchronize Folder, Lightroom initially (sometimes) shows me one extra image. So while I know there are say 20 images to add, the intial dialog shows 21 images. But when I check the box to show the import dialog (always do this!), it correctly shows the 20 images, not 21 images. I have no idea why this happens, but I'm used to it by now.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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