Sessions generate and store cache and settings within a sub-folder of the source images' folder, so when browsing using the Session Library, there is no need to import images to view them. This property makes Sessions well-suited to users accessing images on a network drive or NAS on an occasional basis. However, while adjustments are easy to make and view for multiple users, simultaneous access to the same files is still restricted. Browsing the system folder structure using the Library is a niche workflow that limits the typical Session management features. For example, while you can organize images using albums, so it will be easier to keep track using a Catalog.
If you are using a Session database file located on the network drive to organize images, then access is limited to one user at a time. As in a typical Session, unless using albums, organizing images in the Sessions Folders or Favorites will move them. If you store the Session database file locally, ensure the existing Session Folders and Favorites are located on the NAS. Otherwise, the images will be copied to the local computer.
- Create either a substitute Session specifically for this workflow or open any existing Session on your local computer.
- Connect to your network drive.
- In the Library tool, go to the System Folders collection and click-on the arrow beside your network drive to reveal the image folders.
- Click on a folder to select it. Images from the folder will be displayed in the Browser. Click on the arrow beside the folder to reveal sub-folders and click on the sub-folder to reveal the images.
- Select an image to make adjustments.