WTF? I’m so glad I came across this issue whilst evaluating the trial. That said, I was set on purchasing a copy until I discovered this.
I’ve just purchased two 1TB SSDs to move my photos onto (they’re currently stored on my MacBook but I’m running out of room). I planned to use one drive to hold my photo library whilst editing, and the second as a backup of that drive.
First, I tried copying all the photos (RAWs) from my MacBook to the new drive, including all the .dop files that live alongside them. This is preferable as I trust finder not to screw up the transfer process more than a third-party application. I then open up PhotoLab and see that the number of photos is different, (most likely because my virtual copies weren’t included), and that my tags, ratings, even the edits weren’t transferred over??
I then read that copying inside PhotoLab is the recommended approach so that the application knows what’s going on. However, after trying that I have exactly the same issues. No colour tags, ratings, or edits.
This is honestly bizarre. I’ve invested a fair bit of time developing my photos in PhotoLab, just to find that I’m unable to move the photos anywhere. Isn’t this the point of the .dop files living right next to the image file? In my case, the idea of maintaining a backup drive is essentially pointless, as presumably PhotoLab isn’t smart enough identify the image file in its internal database if it’s moved?
It looks like this is a known issue since at least v5 (PL5: Moving files outside PL loses corrections and more)? Please can somebody enlighten me if I’m not following the correct procedure, or otherwise let me know if I’m wasting my time so that I can move on to some other software.
I am guessing you do know what it means, but if you are not a native English speaker and really don’t know, it is a common three letter acronym for an expletive. I would not feel comfortable going into greater detail about it here.