Lightroom CC: "Trash" Functionality

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It seems less than optimal for deletion of photos in Lightroom CC to permanently remove the photos from all locations, especially in the event of accidental deletion.

It would be great to have some sort of "Trash" functionality for deleted images (that could be cleared regularly as a policy) or even send deleted images to the native trash on any desktop machines connected to the cloud account.
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Agree. As it's a worry working on your 'backup'. You could put the power in our hands, and even use the trash towards our allocation. E.G. You have 550GB used (500GB synced and 50GB in trash) view/clear trash.
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Agree!!!
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Rick Williams

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Yep, iCloud Photo Library does this great.  Your deleted photos stick around in the trash for 30 days unless you manually go in and empty it.
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I completely agree, this should be top priority.
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I've finally decided to give LRCC a go having stuck to Aperture.  I find it's already pretty difficult to delete stuff from Lightroom but dislike the binary route when it decides to play.  Aperture had a good model - rejects disappear from albums but stay in the catalogue until actually deleted.  Delete (Cmd Backspace) was easy for obvious bad photos but Trash itself still had to be emptied.  The net effect was easy triage with just the right amount of safety net.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recycle bin.

I almost lost all my photos in Lightroom CC by one click due to the bug in the app (another topic). It would be nice to have kind of recycle bin one could use for undo actions that are now irreversible.
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I do so agree! I made copies instead of moving a few photos decided to delete the copies, well I thougt so. Happens to delete the originals. BAM. And no recycle bin for a period of time like Apple Photos. Just gone.

Why isn’t it possible to remove copies in the first place? In my opinion they have nothing to do with the originals... can this be a bug?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Folder for delete pictures.

Folder of delete pictures
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Agreed.  There should be some type of short-term retention for anything that is deleted.  If cloud storage is going to be trusted as the primary storage for my photos, then there needs be a an easy way to undo mistakes or restore recent deletions.  This seems like a step backwards.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Trashcan for Lightroom CC.

Hi all. New here and this is my first post. I did the full monty and canceled my Photo-Sub (with Lightroom CC + Classic + Photoshop + 20GB Cloud) and go for the 1TB with Lightroom CC. So far so good. Folders from old catalogs doesn't work anymore if I migrate, got it. No worry about that. It's a good kick to go over the 55k pictures in my library and sort them out and put it in new folder in LCC. But big big wish - give us a Trashcan, a Recycle Bin. That's all for the moment from me. Greetings to all from Switzerland and keep on rocking. Cheers. Marco
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Please add a trash can or recently deleted folder asap! I just almost lost a photo because of this! 

A trick for anyone this might happen to... I accidentally deleted a photo on my iPhone; I quickly turned my computer's wifi off before opening lightroom on my MacBook, luckily the photo was still there, and I saved to my desktop the original+settings before turning wifi back on.  After the sync happened, I re-imported the picture and saved the day for myself. 
Seriously considering going back to Photos if this feature is not added soon!
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I Agree as well
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Don't forget to click the "Vote" box at the top of the page!
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TMM10

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Thanks
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Olivenoire

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Are you kidding? Do we really need to vote such a basic feature? Does it need month of development and beta testing?
Com'on 
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I agree! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Please add "Recently Deleted" album.

Hello,

I love Lightroom CC, but there are still a few things missing. One of them is a "Recently Deleted" album. Ideally this would be where stuff you've deleted in the last 30 days would reside before being deleted permanently (or could be cleared out manually). Since LRCC seems to bypass the normal Trash/Recycle Bin folder, this would be great for making sure I don't accidentally delete something and then have no way of recovering it.
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I'm waiting for a new version including such a basic/essential feature. 
Adobe is allowed to create a third software called Lightroom CC-DT (Deleted Trashed version) and ask 3 bucks more a month.
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It's time Adobe! Thread is 8 months old and such a very very very basic feature is still not implemented...

This can be done easily and doesn't need more space. The deleted files can be added to the total space of an account and removed if the user decides to empty the trash. And if the trash is emptied, ah well, then the files are gone.
Just lost some files because of this. This experience is much more cumbersome than implementing the feature...
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I agree completely. This is a major missing feature in my opinion.
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Barry Young, Director of Engineering, Lightroom products

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We are aware that this is a top priority and we are working towards a solution. Thank you for your patience.

Barry
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Lovely to see your reply Barry.  If you could get the team to take a look at keywords and smart albums so the asset management is as good as the develop capability, that would be amazing!
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Hi Barry, nice to know the issue is top priority. Thanks for consideration. Hope the patch is available shortly.
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Hi Barry, any news on this topic? Your last update was the months ago so it would be interesting to learn about where in the roadmap this feature lies. This is such a crucial bit of functionality that I can't migrate to Lightroom CC until this is available. Super eager to hear when we could expect this! Thanks, Jim
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Barry Young, Director of Engineering, Lightroom products

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Unfortunately, we're not allowed to discuss release schedules. I know this is a top feature request and we are actively in development of this very complex feature. We need to ensure this is rock solid across the ecosystem before releasing but I understand how frustrating this is. Please be patient. 
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Thanks for the update, Barry. It's very encouraging to hear it's being actively worked on. Can't wait to have this functionality!
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Well, I just lost a bunch of photos!!!  Imagine that Adobe doesn't really make it clear that there are no backups of your photos when you use Lightroom CC.  Lightroom Classic everything is synced, locally and when a file is deleted it goes in the trash.  But not with lightroom CC.  If you accidently delete a photo, its gone forever.  In my case I had run out of space and was trying to delete photos I had backed up, but there is no way to sort by exif data that I could find, and I accidently deleted too much.  no worry I thought, I'll go to assetts.adobe.com and recover the deleted files only to discover that lightroom isn't actually part of creative cloud, its a one off, that isn't integrated into the other apps.  

It is quite clear to me now that lightroom CC is not ready for prime time.  I will continue to use it as a toy so that I can take photos with my iphone, I'll continue to evaluate, but I just don't think it is ready yet.  There are too many gotchas with their syncing model.  I'll continue to use lightroom classic backed by dropbox.  But at least with Dropbox I can actually sync my files to an external drive for backup. 
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I’m actually not sure the Trash model is the best route here. A history of actions and the ability to go back and selectively or completely undo would be more powerful (and somewhat more unique). Also, the ability to reveal deleted items anywhere (in any album, etc.) might be super useful. That said, at the minimum, a Trash album is definitely warranted. I also accidentally deleted the wrong photo, though I’m maintaining a separate, unsynced backup of my photos in a Lightroom Classic catalog, on top of local backups of my Lightroom CC originals, so I was able to easily recover. However, that didn’t stop a moment of panic.
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The idea of local backup is a really good idea. (It is crazy we need to do this) but yeah, this is what I want.

Can you please share your workflow?
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Jon Anscher

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I've been working on writing up my workflow and I actually just finished. You can see my workflow both before switching to CC and after here: http://hikingwithcamera.com/2018/my-photography-workflow/
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Olivenoire

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Hi Jon.
Thank you for the sharing. Will read carefully seems absolutely gorgeous

Regards
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recently Deleted Folder.

Rather than simply deleting images, could we have an option to have a recently deleted folder like Apple Photos does, where images are retained for x number of days then auto deleted. This would solve accidental deletion of key images and with no backup (i.e. shot in LR CC iOS in-camera) would be lost forever!
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Months, months months after launch, no idea if it will be implemented or not.

The only thing I can recommend is to backup frequently. Probably not suffisant but better than nothing
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You are absolutely right. They work on updating the interface. Nobody asked for it. It’s dissapointing
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The Lightroom CC team has acknowledged the feature is missing and confirmed it is on their roadmap with top priority (see @Barry Young’s post above).


There is a *workaround* for the time being:

you can use the Lightroom downloader app to download a full resolution of all your photos stored in the creative cloud to a local drive:

https://lightroom.adobe.com/lightroom...


The last time I checked, the tool does not do a synchronization, meaning it does NOT delete the photos on disk when they are deleted on the cloud so if the downloader is run regularly, let’s say after you make significant changes to your catalog, it can be used as a safety net to recover photos that were deleted by mistake on the cloud.
If you add the downloader to your workflow and run it every time you upload to the creative cloud then it can be a way to have a backup of every single file you have uploaded to the creative cloud.

The downloader is smart enough to only download new photos when run on subsequent occasions so you won’t be downloading your entire catalog each time you run it, only the delta since the last run. It also seems to download edits.


Far from perfect but better than nothing until the team releases the true “undo delete” or “recently deleted” feature.
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Olivenoire

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You need to objectivize the problem. 

Yes Barry Young’s post explain it is top priority.
But after 9 months!
And 2 more months after this post, what happen? Nothing.

And really. Are you happy to pay a whole 24 bucks/month to use 2 non compatible software and need a third one to backup something which is in the cloud.

What the point of this? Is this serious?


Are LR users happy to use this kind of gimmick for 288€/year?


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No.  I cancelled my subscription.

I get chasing top line features to attract new users and say that progress is being made.  Ignoring basic functionality and usability sucks though.  This, rubbish keyboarding and the ever absent smart albums just make Adobe feel like the Microsoft of digital imaging.
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GoLo

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It won't let me edit.  For keyboarding, read keywording.
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Olivenoire

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I've canceled too. Actually try on1. Not perfect but probably better than LR CC. Smart folder, trash (in OS), print. Waiting revision 2019. And seems to allow some sync using dropbox. 
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This together with smart albums is my most critical missing feature. 

For now, I download originals to a drive on one of my computers and run an automated backup script that adds but doesn't not remove. Which means every photo ever imported ends up in the back-up and I can retrieve everything (but not my edits of course).

Maybe instead of a trash Adobe can implement a Time Machine like functionality where you can just go back in time in your library similar to how it works on macOS. 

Ultimately, Apple's functionality is also very basic (but much better then having no option at all).

Hurry up Adobe.... still two months before Christmas!