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Does any of you have experience in using Google Drive with Lightroom 5? Like to use GDrive to be able to show/edit my photos on my Macbook and iMac.

I know that I am only able to open Lightroom EITHER on Macbook or iMac but I'm a little concerned whether this actually works or not. Hope one of you have tried this already and can share his/her experience.

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Arguably the biggest issue is that Google products typically have a lifespan of about four years before they get killed off... –  James Snell Sep 6 '13 at 20:58
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The same has been done using Dropbox. The best way to find out is test it with a test catalog.

I assume that you will not put the photos into Google Drive but instead have them on an external hard disk?

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No, I like to have my photos and the Lightroom library on GDrive. –  McClane Sep 6 '13 at 13:26
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Should still be fine. –  Unapiedra Sep 6 '13 at 22:08
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You may run in to issues if paths are different from one system to another, but it's easy enough to do a find missing files at the start of a session and things wire up quickly when you identify the root folder. I don't use Drive specifically, but I have an external drive and regularly swap it between systems or even just copy projects over my LAN from one system to another. The big trick is just keeping track of the latest copy to make sure you don't lose changes.

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How can the path be different? When I install Google Drive on my Macbook & iMac on both systems I see the Google Drive Folder on root (I have the same username on both machines). -Maybe Apple uses the serial number from the HDD to distinguish the drives..? –  McClane Sep 6 '13 at 14:30
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@McClane - it wasn't a Google Drive specific concern. If the path is the same, there shouldn't be an issue. I haven't used Drive specifically, but most such software I've used has an option to choose where you store the data. If it was, say for example, a different drive letter, then things can get tricky, but I also don't know Mac very well, so mount points may be different. –  AJ Henderson Sep 6 '13 at 14:32
    
As long as the Google Drive folder is in the same place on each it should be fine. Either way, I believe Lightroom uses relative paths, ie: as long as the directory structure containing the Lightroom catalogue and the library of images is intact then it should still work. If you move away from google drive, use dropbox or anything else. The cloud storage you use shouldn't make any difference at all. As @Una said in their answer, best way is to create a test catalogue and experiment: Export a bunch of files into another catalogue from the File menu and test it –  laurencemadill Dec 6 '13 at 9:16
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@laurencemadill - yes, it does use relative paths. It is an avoidable problem, I was just saying that's the worst that should happen if they don't keep them in a relative structure it can follow. –  AJ Henderson Dec 6 '13 at 14:11
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