I recommend that you don’t use Lightroom to manage your entire master image library until version 1 is released.

For now, import copies of raw or DNG files into Lightroom temporarily, Referencing the Files in Place. Use the Develop module and export as new files, or use the Web or Print modules for specific tasks. Then remove the files from the Lightroom Library.

Lightroom’s file handling and database architecture is still changing in these beta versions, which means that the structure of the Library could change with Version 1 and render unusable any imports you had done previously. It remains to be seen how Lightroom 1 will handle conversion of the databases from beta versions.

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