How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

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David Grundy
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How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by David Grundy » 21 Oct 14 18:12

I may be doing something inefficiently.

I work mainly with DNG files. I don't know whether this happens with other files. I had a bit of a look at the forum as this must be an existing question but I don't see anything obvious.

Suppose from PSu I invoke Adobe Camera Raw to modify the DNG file. ACR writes its changed parameters to the DNG, and updates the embedded preview. Great.
Now I go back to PSu, and press ctrl-alt-t to update the PSu thumbnail, and ctrl-alt-s to read in metadata from the file.
I suppose now I have brought in all the changes in that file.

Eventually at the end of the day I run a verify folder, and I find that every edited file shows up as "File changed". So now after this long session I have maybe 20, 30, or 100 files which have changed. So at this point I get nervous - Are there any files where I have forgotten to update the thumbnail and metadata? I can't tell, because all the ones which I DID process correctly are also in this list. It matters, because if I forgot to update after the edit then I may also have forgotten to update star ratings, labels, and tags on those files. But from this list I can't tell whether I did or did not bring in the changes to the database.

To avoid this uneasy feeling, I guess there must be a simple way one-step method to get PSu to update for all changes in a single file, and then to remove its "file changed" status.
I can see that I can do this by running "verify file", but that seems to take a lot of mouse movements and 5 mouse clicks (including the confirm, which I don't want to turn off) and I don't see how to do any part of it easily from the keyboard. So, I suppose this is not what is envisaged. And, presumably there is another easy way.

So, what's the easy way??

David

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Re: How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by Hert » 22 Oct 14 8:48

The easy way is to use Folder Verification instead of manual imports with Ctrl+Alt+S. Folder Verification works with file signatures and will detect changes by comparing the signatures.
BTW; you can also start folder verification from the thumb's context menu (Operations)
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Re: How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by Mike Buckley » 22 Oct 14 12:37

You can verify an entire folder in two mouse clicks by right clicking the folder and then clicking "Verify Folder." EDIT: The process then requires probably just one more click.

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Re: How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by David Grundy » 22 Oct 14 16:31

Thanks for the suggestion.l
It works, but is a bit clunky: the process to bring in the thumbnail and the metadata is fully keyboard driven (which I prefer) and takes less than a second, so the verify folder feels v..e..r..y slow by comparison, and needs further clicks to actually perform the required action once the verify is done.
I invoke the verify folder from the context menu since at the moment I'm mostly working in a catalog view rather than a folder view, so the context menu on the folder names isn't available.
For someone using external tools for editing, it would be nice to have a single shortcut key combination to bring in all the changes in one step, and thereafter have the database recognise the file as completely in sync.
I'm heading over to Mantis now.
Thanks

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Re: How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by DirkS » 23 Oct 14 23:56

So, what's the easy way??
Upgrade to V3...

In V3, with auto-sync switched on, changes made with LR are picked up immediately. And IIRC with auto-sync switched off the status is changed to out of sync.

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Re: How to resolve "File Changed" status after external edit

Post by David Grundy » 24 Oct 14 16:32

This sounds like a good solution. But, I will wait a few days as right now I'm struggling with the new system to get some other software set up too. (This is why I try not to buy new hardware too often ...)

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