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I don't get it.
You know LR has been able to load and edit images from a network drive since like version one right? The only limitation is that it can't load a created catalog from a network location or from ejectable media.
So all ya gotta do is set up a folder (file) synchronizer like chron, unison, or something to sync the .lrcat file between the two, twenty, or whatever number of machines and keep all the images on your network drive. You can even sync up over the internet using a variation on this theme and letting your lan drive through your firewall.
Provisions and steps:
- Attach your network drive to your LAN hub and turn it on.
- Place all your images on it.
- Use any one machine to import the images and build the .lrcat file (if you don't already have one).
- Place the .lrcat on the network drive.
- Setup and run Unison or whatever on each machine to DL any .lrcat changes since the last access.
- Point LR to the downloaded (synchronized) .lrcat and go.
- When done or as often as you like sync back upstream the changes from your local .lrcat to the lag-drive .lrcat file.
and of course this last step can be automated/scheduled as well.
Unison is good for this if you don't already have something in mind or an established favorite. It's free, compiled binaries for OS X (PPC and Intel32/64), Windows 32/64, several Linux formats are available, it's very simple to use, it can "update" partial files based on differences, it works over the internet as well as the intranet (your LAN) or across partitions or single volume folders, and it was designed with safe high integrity transfers in mind.
Hehe, I had to look that up - I knew there was a reason I used it but forgot what it was.