Evening Folks, just had a question for those who have used Lightroom ( apologies for posting this in iMac section, but just seems more traffic here considering the recent release) some background I am waiting for my new Mac still and don't have a machine to test some of the questions I had, want to set it up right from the start and get it right in my head. Previously a somewhat inefficient set up I had/have was I used Lightroom to edit my raw images then export the selected few final's and copy into iPhoto and use iPhoto to manage the library. I would then move the larger raw files from my lightroom folder to a separate 2TB FW drive for archiving. in iPhoto I used, iPhoto buddy to load separate libraries. My reason for doing it like this was a) keep only smaller files on my hard disk and move the raw's to the archive external drive. b) using iphoto buddy to split library's meant it was faster to load and better presentable. A major problem I have with this is that I want to introduce a NAS drive into my set up, and I want to have access to my photos anywhere regradless of device im using, whether its a windows laptop, iPhone or iPad. the way iPhoto manages the library, if that gets backed up to the NAS then I dont think I will have that ease of access that a simple folder structure would give? I want to change this and hopefully use only Lightroom to manage my library, I believe that uses a simpler, accessible folder structure ? If that is the case, how does Lightroom manage edited photos, do you need to Export and add to the lightroom library again? would that mean a separate folder created for edited images in addition to the existing RAWs? would It be a situation where I can easily move the RAW images to an archive when done and the edited images automatically backed up to the NAS, leaving just edited library in Lightroom. I hope that all makes sense and I am not overthinking it, perhap's you'll tell me I have it all wrong and I should do it like xxxx ultimately what I want is a) Manage my desktop space & not have all my Raw's stored there, only my edited finals b) Not have a dozen steps in copying back & forth to manage photos c) Have an automatic process where my photo library is backed up the NAS and is easily accessible via any machine/OS d) Still have the Raw files somewhere in case I need it ---------- mm thanks admin for moving my post, however Im pretty sure I would of gotten more success had you of left it, considering many of the currently active users in that section I know are also prominent Lightroom users.