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Chapter 5. It's All About the Workflow > The File Browser Cache

The File Browser Cache

Metadata—keywords, IPTC info, Camera Raw settings, and almost everything else that appears on the metadata palette—is stored in the sidecar .xmp files that accompany your raw images. But previews, thumbnails, flag or rank information, rotation, and sort order are saved in the File Browser cache.

The File Browser does a great job of keeping track of everything you do inside the File Browser, but it has absolutely no knowledge of anything you do outside the File Browser. If you rename a folder outside the File Browser, you'll lose all the flag, rank, rotate, and sort order information, as well as the thumbnails and previews that take time to build. Likewise, if you move a folder (which you can only do outside the File Browser), you'll lose the same information. Fortunately, there's a mechanism that lets you set up folders for work outside the File Browser and that lets you preserve the vital information through renaming or moving; but to understand how it works, you need to know a bit about the File Browser's caching mechanism.


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