My last week’s post about using Lightroom on multiple computers has received some excellent comments, and not everyone agrees about the need for this. My challenge is that both my girlfriend and I share the same camera in many situations, so our pictures are not separated.
We we return home, we empty the cards to our iMac and one of us starts to work on the pictures from the trip. Since we also have a MacBook Pro computer, it would be incredible to be able to work on the pictures simultaneously to save time. My guess is that studios with multiple photographers would also like this functionality.
I agree that it will probably be few versions of Lightroom before we will see true multi-user environment for Lightroom because it’s not really what the program is trying to do, and its architecture probably isn’t built to to support such functionality.
More important to me is the ability to open up the same Library from different computers, even though it wouldn’t support two or more simultaneous users on the same Library. This is because we each have our own computers and having access to all of our photos is crucial.
Both Richard and PECourtejole pointed out in comments in last post that it is possible saving the library on external file with the pictures and then it is possible to open it up with different computers by connecting the drive. I think that is a route I will be going with for the time being. I have a decent Firewire 800 drive, so the speed should be pretty good in Lightroom.
Thank you all for your good comments, and please email me or post here if you want me to discuss any specific parts of my Lightroom set up.