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Thu, Oct 19, 2017 10:09 PM

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Lightroom Ecosystem: Selective Sync

I'm not a professional and have only used Lightroom for less than a year. I do love the redesign and I want to use it but I don't like the auto-sync. How hard would it be to implement an option that prevents auto sync and instead enables manual sync? 

My idea is to add a manual sync option in the settings and when you want a photo to be uploaded to the cloud you should be able to click on the cloud button and hit "Sync" or "Upload". Taking away people's ability to choose doesn't just scare away the pros but also the beginners. 
Also, some advanced features from the original Lightroom need to be added. One of them is the export function. The new export function is terrible. I only see "Small, Full Size, and Custom". The original Lightroom has a lot more export functions.

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172 Points

4 y ago

It would be quite useful (speaking of bandwidth) if Lightroom CC would support saving RAW files local only.
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Lightroom CC: Ability to specify which files should be local only (not uploaded to the cloud)

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110.3K Points

You mean like a "never sync" switch? Or what do you have in mind?

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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370 Points

There is the ability to pause sync by clicking the cloud in the upper right and choosing "Pause Syncing" from the dropdown.

I think this gives you what your looking for, with an additional step.

  • Put camera card in
  • Copy images from card to a folder (this is the additional step compared to Classic)
  • Add (instead of import) images to CC

That should have you editing local RAW files without using bandwidth.

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172 Points

In the long run it would be nice to not only have the ability to choose which files/albums should be kept locally, but also which raw files should be local only (not uploaded to the cloud).
For example I want to upload most of my recent shots (except videos and timelapses) to the cloud, but move the really old ones (also videos and timelapses) onto external drives only and keep just the smart previews online.
Even though Lightroom Classic supports that workflow (with some kind of hacks), I still would like to switch completely to Lightroom CC in the long run.

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266 Points

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Use new Lightroom CC only locally?.

Hello

Apparently my full CC subscription only gives me 100GB of cloud storage for Lightroom. This is frankly a bit ridiculous because this limitation prevents me from even starting to use the software when I know that there won't be enough space.

For this reason I was wondering if I can use the software locally? In other words: If I put my Lightroom file in my Dropbox and let Dropbox sync it, what happens if I reach the 100GB limit? Will the software not accept any additional photos?

cheers

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102 Points

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled As a User I want to store Lightroom CC files locally and never sync to the cloud.

Feature Enhancement request to enable a settings which prevents Lightroom CC file library to sync to the cloud and only work locally.

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102 Points

I see two possible Ways of doing this.


The easy way is, Never Sync setting.


The hard way is, the % cloud slider goes the other way. So the use can select how much to keep on their local drive (today) and also how much to sync to the cloud (feature enhancement). This would keep the the use casevto allow sync across devices of the most recently used images but not all the old ones.

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172 Points

That combined with the possibility to save the local-only RAW files to an external hard drive (only).

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112 Points

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Finer Controls Over Photo Library Upload.

This is going to be a long post but my frustration with the new Adobe Lightroom CC is well founded.

I've been using Adobe Lightroom for years, I think since Lightroom 2 or 3? It's a powerful tool in my workflow and I truly can't see myself without the software. When Adobe switched to the subscription based Creative Cloud I was hesitant but followed. If Photoshop CC wasn't included I wouldn't have made the switch to the subscription model.

When Lightroom was renamed to Lightroom Classic CC I was worried but figured I'd try the new Lightroom CC. It was awful, lacked many of the tools I had relied on and it felt like using a mobile app on a computer. SO I switched back and lost a lot of faith in Adobe's vision for Lightroom.

I got a new phone last year and downloaded the Lightroom CC mobile app so I could take RAW photos and edit those photos. I had seen that the apps capabilities had been vastly improved since I last used it. I was starting to become a bit more mobile in my photography and wanted to revisit using Lightroom CC on my computer so I could also edit on my phone, web, and eventually a tablet.

Now, I don't do photography as a career but more of a passionate hobby. I exported about 600 photos that I had recently taken to a new Library Catalog so I could import into Lightroom CC. To get my toes wet, so to speak. Imagine my surpise when I ran out of Adobe Cloud storage space.

I looked all through Lightroom CC's settings, looking for a way to limit the number of days I could have in the cloud at once. I discovered it's simply not possible. Every photo is uploaded to Adobe Cloud. I'm not a fan. I came back to Lightroom CC after seeing the clear improvements made, but Lightroom CC was not the Phoenix I expected it to be. Now my faith of Lightroom's future in my workflow is even lower.

I have 3TB of photos going back 8+ years. I'm probably never going to editing those photos again, let alone ones from 2 years ago or even 6 months ago. I'd have to pay $50/mo for 5TB of space, because 2TB is the last option before 5TB. As a hobbyist, I'm not paying that. Amazon let's me upload photos for free, even RAW photos. I'm not going to pay $50 a month for the privilege of editing with Adobe's latest Lightroom CC. No. You've lost me there.

I already have an online back up in place, I don't need to pay for another back up solution. It's prohibitively expensive for me to switch to the latest and greatest Lightroom.

So, let me select how many photos to keep in Adobe CC. Maybe I decide to keep 30 days? Maybe 3000 photos? Maybe the last 3 imports only?

But Alex, what if you want to edit photos from 5 years ago?
Two things can happen, and ideally a combination of these.
  1. The desktop version of Lightroom CC can edit all my photos because it's connected to the hard drive/network the photos are stored. Not sure if phone, tablet, and web versions of Lightroom CC can connect to network drives but as long as I'm on my network, and connected to my NAS (or physically to a hard drive), I think it's reasonable that the desktop version of Lightroom CC can edit all of my photos.
  2. Create a "Lightroom Server" that runs on a NAS or computer that the client (the desktop, mobile, and web) versions connect to. If I want to edit a photo that's not in the cloud, then the server software running at my home will upload the photo directly to my phone/tablet, so I don't use any additional Adobe Cloud space.
If I upload photos from the field to Adobe Cloud from my tablet then the Cloud should talk with the server software running on my NAS and remove the older photos from Adobe Cloud, ensuring I keep the last X days/imports of photos online and the rest locally on my NAS at home.

I feel priced out, and that I'll need to find a solution that isn't Adobe.
I love the software, I do, but if this is the stance that Adobe is taking with Lightroom I can't recommend Lightroom to my friends. I'm starting to look at other solutions. There's nothing quite like Lightroom CC yet, but the moment something exists I'm taking my business there.

I know I'm just one voice in a sea of millions to you guys but I strongly feel Lightroom CC isn't the solution Adobe advertises it to be. Revenue and shareholders will continue to drive Adobe one way while alienating users like me; hobbyists who simply want to have the freedom to edit on their tablet, phone, or web, when away from their computer and library without having to sacrifice a goat because we have terabytes of photos that Adobe insists on uploading and charging us space for.

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752 Points

This is a related problem. With 110K pictures and movies, LR CC slows down noticeably on my 4.3GH *6 desktop, and becomes useless on my Surface Book 2 with 8GB and 256GB of memory.
In both cases my pictures and videos are on USB3 external drives.
If I could restrict LR CC database to a period of time and geography, I would have full use of LR CC without the delays involved in large databases. Is this possible? 
The same can be accomplished if I can specify which files are within LR CC and which are not on the Web.

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110.3K Points

Alex, you're exactly Lightroom Classic's target audience. Even IF it were eventually to go away, that's not likely to happen until CC was a viable alternative for most users exactly BECAUSE Adobe's so profit oriented. I'd suggest you stick with Classic for now and see how things play out.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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112 Points

I did some more exploring and discovered I can sync albums in Lightroom Classic to Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing me to edit on the go in Lightroom CC from mobile. It's unfortunate that I can't sync Smart Albums but doing the sync manually isn't a huge inconvenience due to the low volume of photos I capture.

Thanks Victoria!

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104 Points

This is quite an old thread, and i think i've seen it somewhere else, but could not find any other.

I believe if Lightroom CC has the ability to store files locally, the "great migration" would finally happen, and Adobe could drop the horrible Lightroom Classic CC.

I would hope this is implemented in a way that you could easily define which photos/albums sync to the cloud and which don't, having the option to then delete that album from the cloud and keep it local.

This would allow the Lightroom CC to be fully appreciated in it's several mobile apps and avoid the storage of huge data in cloud servers. I mean, the workflow would be:

1. Import photos from hard drive to new album or previously created one.

2. Sync to the cloud (or not)

3. Edit (if you synced to the cloud, you could edit in the tablet, web or phone through your awesome apps)

4. Export to wherever

5. Un-sync the album

6. Delete cloud data from the album.

This would result in having your catalog organized in Lightroom CC, photos stored locally and everyone happy.

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66 Points

4 y ago

Good idea. I am actually ok with everything syncing as Long as i can delete things on my pc or other devices and the RAWs staying in the cloud.

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342 Points

4 y ago

I would also like to see some sort of synch control. I know the marketing department wants everyone to buy the 1TB storage option, and in doing so choose between just CC or CC + Photoshop + CC Classic. But quite frankly your storage is a bit overpriced for customers who are already committing to your platform. I should be able to tag photos with a "synch" tag and have them synch to the cloud. Making things all-or-nothing purely to squeeze every last penny out of customers is just abusive. I only need to store my "important" images in the cloud. I would LIKE to use Lightroom to manage all of my originals, but you are making it difficult.

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3.6K Points

Agreed. For $10/month we get 2TB to share in iCloud with Apple Photos. I’m curious to see how LR CC develops, but long term, I will not pay $20 / month for the features in both CC and Classic and the 1 TB of storage.

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1.6K Points

Good suggestion.

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2.6K Points

Or at least it could work on a date basis, for example you could store originals locally from 1 month and newer, 1 year or newer etc..

CC already splits all your photos into dates, and "store locally" functionality is there for the shared albums, why not apply the option to the By Date structure?

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204 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Selective upload.

I have more photos than storage space in the cloud. I'd like the ability import all of my photos to Lightroom and then select only a subset to upload.

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142 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Dont want the cloud syncronization.

Hey, i would like to know if there's anyway i could add new pictures to lightroom without the sincronization to the cloud. It takes a long time and it isnt usefull for me.

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312 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Mobile: Possibility to select specific folder for auto-upload.

Hello,
at the moment, the Lightroom CC-app auto-uploads all new images, including the ones received through messenger apps or downloaded from the internet.

It would be nice if we can decide which folders should be synced. In my opinion, only the self-taken photos are enaugh.

Thanks and kind regards
Martin

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312 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Disable forced upload to cloud.

Lightroom CC requires the ability to select what is uploaded, and what is not.  I know that this is a GEN 1 version, but I need to be able to use it exactly like I do Lightroom Classic CC.  For the most part, I NEVER want to upload anything automatically.  If anything, I will explicitly select and upload the files that I want in the cloud.

I have a 28TB NAS, soon to be 80TB, and I have absolutely no need for, nor would I ever want, large 3rd party cloud storage.  I only use it for finished products on a temporary basis.  My NAS replicates everything that I need to all machines that I need it to replicate to, even when I'm on the road.  Synology makes AWESOME products, and there is no way that I could afford this storage in the cloud.

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578 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Exclude images from sync from mobile device..

Is there a way to prevent an album from being included when LR CC syncs with cloud storage from a mobile device.
For example, if I am travelling or working remote and want to perform some preliminary ‘quick’ edits on an iPad while away, but I do not want these images to be sync’d to cloud storage or downloaded and available to LR Classic until I deliberately import them through the Classic application. I realise I can turn sync off on the iPad, but I believe ‘all’ images will be sync’d to cloud storage (and then downloaded to Classic) when this is turned back on. I was hoping to be able to exclude an album from the sync, but cannot see that this can be done. Any advice appreciated. Tks.

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234 Points

3 y ago

I would love the ability to decide which files get synced up to creative cloud.

I am an amateur photographer and graphic designer, so I pay for the full suite of apps to get illustrator / photography tools. However, the full suit of apps only comes with 100GB of online storage. I can pay to upgrade to 1TB for $10/mo but honestly that is so expensive I cannot justify it because I use my NAS at home anyway for backup and redundancy.

There are though features I would love to take advantage of in Creative Cloud that I cannot because I had to turn off syncing. For example, I would love to make a portfolio website for my photography and having the photos synced from Lightroom CC would be amazing and easy, but I can't do this because my photo library is over 100GB.

The other biggest problem is that it uses up all of my illustrator space. I love using the Creative Cloud library to sync my assets across apps and devices. (Creative Clouds asset library is one of my favorite thing about the Adobe suite as a whole in this SaaS world.) So I can't sync any of my photos to creative cloud otherwise I'll lose all of my illustrator space.
 
Please add a selective sync option! Thank you!

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338 Points

3 y ago

It would be great to have a feature available throughout Adobe Cloud - simply selected by folder properties - to auto-sync or not to auto-sync.  That way the user can move assets around in folders which do sync automatically across devices and assets that do not - but can optionally be requested to sync manually.  Problem solved if the developers go that route.

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132 Points

3 y ago

By making the sync system auto, you are excluding many people who will not pay the high price of your storage system, thus rendering the sync system unusable for many of us.

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6.2K Points

3 y ago

Selective sync is only available in Classic and then it only syncs smart previews. If classic would also sync full raw, it would be the perfect solution.

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120 Points

3 y ago

I shoot about 2,000-4,000 images a week, by not allowing selective sync it prevents me from being able to work on image on multiple devices on specific images as the uploading of the images takes far too long for me to be able to work on my most recent (or selected) images. I will have to find an alternative photo editing software.

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122 Points

3 y ago

I edit across many devices. Some of them I want to get all photos, some of them have much less free space and I only want to sync a subset of photos to them. Selective sync per-device would be a huge benefit here.

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132 Points

3 y ago

The lack of selective sync is what stops me from making the move from Classic. I want to be able to add all the photos I've taken to Lightroom, but I only want photos I'll work on synced to the cloud otherwise I run out of space very quickly. Syncing Albums/Collections is basically what I'm after. Unused photos are good to have on hand but aren't required on all devices.

I'm not about to manually remove all other photos, and I'm not about to pay extra for 1TB either as I have my own backups including unlimited PrimePhotos storage (I'd definitely pay extra for Prime Photos integration though!)

For now I'm happy to stick to Classic.