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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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82 Points

2 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Upload only single images.

Hey there,

it would be nice, if there would be the option to only upload pictures which has been tagged beforehand into the cloud. Till now its only possible to upload every picture in the library. But I only want specific (thus tagged) ones to be uploaded.

best regards

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82 Points

1 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Desktop: Select which photos/albums sync via cloud sync.

I would love to be able to select which albums, folders, or individual photos get synced to all my devices. i usually only work on one project at a time and don’t need to sync all my photos all the time; this feature would improve my experience as a user by allowing me to customize my library I take with me on my phone, and allows me to leave all my other photos stored locally on my desktop. Thank you!

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150 Points

7 m ago

I would like to be able to choose certain albums and folders to "Not Sync".  Letting them just be stored locally and not on the cloud.  Similar to drop box "smart sync" function. This would allow me to use LR for my entire workflow. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Local vs Cloud options

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150 Points

7 m ago

Anyone know a way to have certain things not sync to the cloud?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Any way to have some things (folders, images etc) not sync to the cloud?

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5.5K Points

7 m ago

Currently it is a very bad idea to implement a selective sync, because you are in big trouble when you lost your local app or the mobile device, like it happen recently after a buggy LR mobile update. 

Adobe need to implement a foolproof method in LR Cloud/Mobile to have all originals AND edits stored locally inclusive a backup. On mobile devices this is an issue because a separation of app and data is not existing and a selective restore is not existing as well, which Adobe cannot easily change. On a PC or Mac it is possible for Adobe to implement it, but there are a lot of users with mobile devices only. When traveling you do not have this desktop backup anyway. 

And what happen when you loose your mobile device or destroy it, without synced pictures?

 

For professionals it would be a better idea to implement a real two way sync including ALL meta data in LR Classic. When you add pictures in LR Classic on a desktop you can select the pictures for sync and when you add pictures on your mobile these pictures are automatically synced until you are back on your desktop and change the sync flag, after your backup has finished.

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72 Points

I only infrequently edit images taken on a mobile device using LightRoom desktop, and rarely if ever sync images from desktop to edit using the inferior controls and colour accuracy of my mobile. It makes no sense to have to sync every image to Adobe when all I want is one or two images at a time. Most people use other cloud storage and backup services to backup photos because Adobe's storage limit is tiny compared to the bundled huge storage limits of Microsoft and Google, and we don't want our professional image libraries cluttered with pictures of our pet duck. It makes no sense to duplicate the functionality of these better apps, particularly given how little control there is, and how dumb the features of lightroom's file organisation is comparatively. Even if it just synced library data and metadata and left the file management to us, that would be an improvement.

Selective sync on mobile is being requested for valid reasons, because it fits our use case.

Users should have choice, not be treated like idiots.

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370 Points

6 m ago

There needs to be a way to archive or otherwise offline albums/photos to free up cloud space easily. Right now there is no good answer other than exporting everything, installing Lightroom “classic,” and managing it all there which makes Lightroom CC just a glorified Dropbox.

 

Especially  when you consider that I’m paying $30+ dollars a month for the apps that I use for personal projects, but don’t make money from, and the only upgrade options I found was to pay an extra $30 a month for 2TB of cloud storage (which is pretty steep - even Apple only charges $10 a month for that)

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled No way to free up cloud storage without ruining catalogue

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80 Points

3 m ago

Please please please can we have selective sync for Lightroom CC on my mobile. I don't want to post process many of the photos on my phone in Lightroom but there are a few. To do that, I don't want to sync all the photos on my camera roll to Lightroom. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Selective Sync for Lightroom CC

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I'm not sure this selective sync topic is exactly what you're asking for @Steve64 . Could you clarify a little more... is it that you don't want to sync them to the cloud, or you simply want to pick and choose which camera roll photos get added to the Lightroom app for editing? The latter is already possible by turning off Auto Add in Preferences and adding selected photos manually.

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80 Points

Thanks Victoria. Just what I wanted to know. All good now. Most grateful to you. 

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104 Points

2 m ago

I did not know this post existed.

I guess it's the same as this one:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/lightroom-desktop-cloudbased/lightroom-cc-ability-to-specify-which-files-should-be-local-only-not-uploaded-to-the-cloud/5f5f45dc4b561a3d42639fc8

Although this has more upvotes.

I think this feature would allow for "the great migration" to happen, form Classic to CC. We already pay monthly for the software... If we don't need the Cloud, why should we have to buy it? Also, i'm sure Adobe doesn't really want to keep two softwares for the same thing... and one of them with old code. If they find a way to solve this, it's better for them as well.

With this, we could use Lightroom in all it's glory. The photos that you select to sync you can edit in your phone or tablet. The others stay in your local drive. I'd use it all the time, for a new session... send them all to the cloud, edit wherever and when i'm done, un-sync (and delete data from cloud -- important step).

Catalog would remain organized with all our photos and the cloud fature would be for editing on the go.

It would also be good if this was the default behaviour, or one could change in the settings to this being the default.

But this thread is already over 2 years old.... C'mon Adobe

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2 m ago

This would be a huge benefit as people grow their libraries. Done in conjunction with the ability to save or archive photos to an external drive only (on both desktop and iPad versions!) would mean that we could make decisions such as  keep active projects synced to the cloud, and archive older projects to external storage exclusively. Or to choose to have some projects synced and others not. For those that aren't, a Smart Preview is still generated, but the original resides on the storage option of our choice.

This does lead to the question of syncing and prioritization. Lightroom should sync to the fastest source available:

Source Cloud Archive
Image is only stored in the cloud (eg. taken from a phone) Always saves to cloud unless added to an album set to archive. Save to archive if in an album set to archive, when archive drive becomes available.
Image set to cloud only Smart Preview and Original are saved to cloud catalog and storage. Nothing is saved to archive.
Image set to Archive Only Smart Preview is saved to the cloud catalog. Original is saved to archive. Edits made when drive is disconnected are saved to catalog and copied to archive drive when available. 
Image set to save to Cloud and Archive. Smart Preview and Original are synced to cloud. Changes made when offline are synced to cloud when internet access is available. Smart Preview and Original are synced to Archive. Changes made when offline are synced to cloud when drive is available.

I am certain there are other permutations and details I am neglecting, such as if an image is in two albums with conflicting settings (which I would argue should give a warning and allow the user to decide).

Nevertheless, this would be a basic outline of the options. This also gives people flexibility in the event they are either without their drive, or without internet (without either is just stored locally). 

IMPORTANT: This should work on the iPad as well! the iPad has gotten to the point where the hardware and OS can support such functionality and is growing in terms of popularity for content creation. I'd love to just take an iPad Pro with an SSD drive out in the field. 

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@michael_brodt

If smart previews were possible without taking up much cloud storage, this solution seems perfect.

Otherwise, we could just have Lightroom fetch either from archive (local storage) or cloud, so no smart previews on the cloud needed. Of course that i do not know the technical difficulty of this, but i would hope there is an option to allow the catalog to exist without touching the cloud at all. 

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406 Points

1 m ago

Please consider to be able to add photos in offline mode, without making a copy of them. I imported an album into the cloud, but I had to free up space. If I want to store the pictures and edits locally, I have to download the whole data, meanwhile it is already present on my computer, since I imported it from there. The LR Classic solution (add photos, store edits in a library file, sync with cloud ONLY IF NEEDED) is much more usable and straightforward

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Offline Storage

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