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One Catalog for 4 Users?

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Our company has 4 licensed users for Lightroom, all installed on our desktops. Our photos are saved on network drives, that we can all access from each of our computers. We would like to build one catalog that all 4 of us can access at different times to search for photos. What is the best way to go about this since you can't save the catalog to the network drive?

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One Catalog for 4 Users?

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Our company has 4 licensed users for Lightroom, all installed on our desktops. Our photos are saved on network drives, that we can all access from each of our computers. We would like to build one catalog that all 4 of us can access at different times to search for photos. What is the best way to go about this since you can't save the catalog to the network drive?

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Sorry, but LR-Classic was not designed to do that.

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If the goal is to treat the catalog as a read-only search database, you could create a master "search" catalog and do an "import from catalog" on the editing catalogs. Then you can copy the "search" catalog to the network for distribution. Others then copy the "search" catalog from the network to a local drive and use it locally.

 

When it comes to editing, Lightroom Classic does not support multiple users accessing the same catalog.

 

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This helps, thank you. Yes we would like to have one person doing the tagging of the photos and the others to be able to easily find photos through searching keywords. Not necessarily for editing the same photos across multiple users. More of a database function.

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Possibly one person could do all the tagging, developing, etc, with Lr-Classic, then saving the metadata to files.

Then the others could use Adobe Bridge to view, search, etc. They will 'see' the images as editied by the Lightroom Master and can search by keywords.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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