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308 Points

Tue, Nov 26, 2019 1:00 PM

State of Lightroom (cloud, desktop) in relation to feature requests

State of Lightroom (cloud, desktop) end of 2019 (two-years on):

First of all I want to give a big shout out to the team for all the progress made in the last two years as well as dealing with some questionable decisions that were made by marketing people. I think we shouldn't forget how impressive it is that the tool works on desktop, mobile and in web browsers on four OS-es (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android) in multiple form-factors (laptop, desktop, phone, tablet) with solid syncing and more or less feature parity between. If you Lightroom for web, it also runs on Linux and Chrome OS and basically every other operating system with a modern browser. This really is an achievement and no other tool comes close.

But there is always room for improvement. I hope to see development accelerating in 2020 and I  did a quick analysis of the sentiment in terms of requested features on this forum.

Here's the overview (I only focused on the desktop version for now):

Most voted for implemented features since launch:
  1. Copy/sync image adjustments (
    Ability to copy/sync settings/adjustments across a group of photos)
  2. Export options (
    Ability to copy/sync settings/adjustments across a group of photos) - only missing on iOS
  3. Preset syncing (
    Develop Preset syncing between desktop and mobile)
  4. Face recognition (
    Please add face recognition)
  5. Trash functionality (
    "Trash" Functionality)
  6. Network drive support (
    Ability to select network drive for original image location)
  7. Album assignment status (
    Ability to identify pictures not assigned to an album and
    Ability to see what Album a photo is in)
  8. Merge HDR (
    Please add Merge to HDR)
  9. Drag and drop file import (
    Ability to Drag and drop files from the OS to import)
  10. More computer activations on a plan for family use (
    Allow for family usage, i.e. from more than two computers)

Most voted for open feature requests, please vote to let the Lightroom team notice where there priorities should be!

  1. Watermarks (
    Ability to add watermarks to images)
  2. Virtual copies and/or snapshots (
    Ability to create virtual copies or Snapshots)
  3. Geotagging / map module (
    Ability to geotag photos)
  4. Printing module (
    Ability to print)
  5. Color labels (
    Add Color Labels)
  6. Red-eye removal (
    Add Color Labels)
  7. (Batch) renaming files e.g. change filename during or after import (
    Ability to bulk rename files)
  8. Custom crop presets/ratios (
    Ability to create a Custom Crop Ratio preset)
  9. Advanced keywords (Please add add advanced keywords - controlled vocabulary)
  10. Selective sync e.g. only cloud sync part of your library (
    Selective Sync)
I would have expected that smart collections was also in the top 10 but it fell just outside of it. It is my most desired feature now that more advanced exporting has been implemented.

Some thoughts:

Open feature request 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 should be relative quick and easy too implement and I also think they are useful for both modern mobile photographer audiences and more classic DSLR photography audiences. By focusing on implementing these (2020 sounds great!), the Lightroom team can satisfy 60% the most popular open feature requests. I also believe that they don't contradict the cloud based vision at the core of the product neither alienate a mobile-only audience. If that is combined with improving already existing features (e.g. drawing face boundary boxes in the people module, auto-suggest lists for keywords to prevent typos etc.) I think it would make a lot of people very happy.

Open feature request 3 and 4 are more like modules, which would probably need a place in the left toolbar (where Photos, Sharing and Home are right now). This sounds like a lot of work to implement.

Open feature request 9 could be implemented easily, but to do it the right way would also take more work since you would need hierarchies, keyword settings, keyword management, list importing and exporting and one also has to think how this would all work on mobile. I believe the design challenge here is to keep it as simple as possible while also offering advanced functionality, but only when desired.

Open feature request 10 is tricky because it kind of goes against the cloud vision for the product, although if the goal is for Lightroom (cloud) to replace Classic at some point, I believe it is inevitable since some people have lots of images and no budget to store 5TB in the cloud.

Your thoughts?


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80 Points

10 months ago

I really want 10. I import hundreds of images from sports, and cull ruthlessly to have a small fraction that are keepers. I'd love to be able to put these keepers on the cloud permanently and have full size versions on the iPad so that I can use photoshop for iPad correctly there. For cropping and culling the smart preview synch is great, i can cull pictures fast and effectively. But once that process is done i want the full pic there.

It shouldn't be this complicated.