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Subject: [Leica] LR catalog import - help
From: john at (John McMaster)
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:00:49 +0000
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Thanks, I imported it fine then lost something - not sure what. When trying 
to import again the catalog said items were known about but not present. 
Usually with a database you can force a database restore (authoritive 
restore) with suitably high rights and different syntax etc, LR does not 
seem to allow this........


-----Original Message-----

There's a very, very good, short video from Julianna Kost on importing a 
separate catalog into a master catalog here:

It's for LR3 but I used the instructions with no problems in August with 

I think this is the process you were looking for (essentially, exporting a 
catalog with associated files and edits from a separate computer or external 
storage and importing it into your master catalog on your principal 

Apologies if I'm misunderstanding the question. :-) 

John Newell 

----- Original Message -----

From: "John McMaster" <john at> 
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at> 
Sent: Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:09:23 PM 
Subject: Re: [Leica] LR catalog import - help 

Thanks for everybody's input, I had had it imported properly and then lost 
it somehow (joy of jet-lag). I am at a loss as to how LR cannot be made to 
overwrite the existing photos if wanted, I can see what happened to me as 
being a large mess on occasions..... 

I went back to an August backup (I was away all September) and the import 
worked fine which it had not done on my Oct 5th backup. Far less work to add 
the last couple of days in August and October photos again! 


-----Original Message----- 
From: John McMaster 
Sent: Saturday, 6 October 2012 5:29 p.m. 
To: 'Leica Users Group' 
Subject: LR catalog import - help 

I was using LR 4.1 on a laptop when I was away and trying to import it to my 
workstation (LR 4.1) - not done this before. 

I exported on laptop, then moved the files where I wanted on workstation and 
imported the catalog. That seemed to work, I then deleted the .lrcat and 
.lrdata seems that they are needed to keep the imported 
settings! Even if I put the same files back it does not work, I want some 
edits plus keywords from the laptop. 

Whenever I try and import the catalog I get that the original negative is 
missing, I am unable to choose to import even the metadata from these 
images. I have deleted all the photos and tried starting again from a backup 
.lrcat but am not sure what is stored where... 

Screengrab of what I get -

I can import the photos no problem, but want the exported catalog as it has 
keywords - any ideas? 



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