Lightroom mobile: Ability to export more than 15 photos at a time

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Naveen GK: Hello! Welcome to Adobe Customer Service.
Naveen GK: Hi Yeung
yeung y: Hello
yeung y: i have a question
yeung y: how can I do unlimited dng export to jpg on my iOS and android Lightroom mobile
Naveen GK: I understand that you would like to use Lightroom free trial on ipad. Is that right?
yeung y: Correct
Naveen GK: Let me check and help you with that.
Naveen GK: May I place this chat on hold for a minute or two, while I check the information for you?
yeung y: Of course, thank you
Naveen GK: I'm sorry, Yeung . It's taking time please allow me few more minutes.
yeung y: Please
Naveen GK: Thank you for staying online
Naveen GK: I checked and see that there is no subscription under this account: [removed]
Naveen GK: Since you are using the trial version, I'll transfer the chat to our technical team to check and help you better. Please stay online
yeung y: And also one more question
yeung y: and also when I'm using android Lightroom mobile , For example I have 5 dng files convert to jpg , once I tag the photo from left to right , e.g : 1.dng , 2.dng , 3.dng , 4.dng , 5.dng , the final concert files is not in sequence , like 3.jpg , 1.jpg , 2.jpg , 5.jpg , 4.jpg . Is it normal?
Naveen GK: Yeung, we are from customer service team and our technical team will be able to check and help you with that. Please stay online
yeung y: Thank you so much info: Please wait while we connect you to a representative.info: You are now chatting with Priyank Dubey. Please don’t close the chat window or browser tab since it will end our chat session.
Priyank Dubey: Hello! Welcome to Adobe support.
Priyank Dubey: Please allow me 1-2 minute(s) to review your account details.
yeung y: Thank you
Priyank Dubey: DNG is only available for iOS not for Android yeung y: It's work android as well
yeung y: The latest Version
Priyank Dubey: Allow me one minute
Priyank Dubey: Oh Yes I am sorry it is only for specific Phones support Raw format
yeung y: It's work on iOS and android
Priyank Dubey: I am sorry but can you elaborate what you mean by unlimited dng Export?yeung y: Because I can only export 15 dngs file to jpg every time
Priyank Dubey: What if you try to select more, Are you getting any error?
yeung y: Got the message from the app
Priyank Dubey: What message?
yeung y: I need to run the app now, may be disconnect our conversation yeung y: How can we keep chating ?
Priyank Dubey: You can send the screenshot here
Priyank Dubey: contact us back and refer to case # 0220217102
yeung y: Your file was successfully uploaded: image.png.
yeung y: Cannot click over 15 files
yeung y: It happened any convert not even dng file
Priyank Dubey: There are no such Issue that has been reported
Priyank Dubey: You may try to create another collection and then check
yeung y: Pls wait
Priyank Dubey: ok
yeung y: Pls wait 1-2mins
Priyank Dubey: ok
yeung y: What do you mean another collection?
Priyank Dubey: Allow me some time
Priyank Dubey: okay, I have just checked on my end, You can only export 15 images at a time yeung y: Ohhhhhh
Priyank Dubey: There is no way to increase that Limit
yeung y: Even I join the Adobe plan ?
Priyank Dubey: Yes
yeung y: Both happen android and iPhone ?
Priyank Dubey: Yes
yeung y: It's bad news for some user like me when use iPad Pro to run Lightroom mobile app , when we edit all the raw photo . It's only export 15 images at one time .
yeung y: I like to use iOS system to run your app more than Mac or Windows because of the weight and very convenience
Priyank Dubey: You can sync as many images as you want and Use Lightroom Desktop to Export as many pictures
Priyank Dubey: but Lightroom Mobile is a very light version with only minimum functions
yeung y: I understand your point
yeung y: This is not a big problem for every users yeung y: As I told you I like using iPad to edit the photo when I travel or on the train
yeung y: Hope you discuss your engineer team to get a better performance on next version , nice to talk to you Mr. Bubey
Priyank Dubey: You can also post your suggestions on feedback.photoshop.com
yeung y: Just refer the case #0220217102 to the website?
Priyank Dubey: No
Priyank Dubey: You need to type in your actual problem
Priyank Dubey: case # are for Support only
yeung y: Ok , thank you for your sharing , bye
Priyank Dubey: Bye Bye!
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Hi Yukiki

Thanks for the request. I've removed your email address from the discussion so you don't get hit by spammers, and I've switched it to a feature request for consideration.

Can you please explain, to help the engineers understand, why you want to export so many photos on your phone/tablet? For example, do you need to send them to someone else?
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... that's because they want you to hit the 20 Go limit...
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Good point.
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I think John has adequately addressed jhaftel’s questions 2 months ago.

I don’t want work arounds. I dont want to carry one more item around that I don’t need. If the iPad Pro is powerful enough, and the app can do it. I don’t see why adobe can’t increase that export limit. If I can import unlimited photos, I don’t see why I can’t export unlimited photos. The app in its current form is manifestly inadequate for my workflow.

I will just stick to my mbp and unsubscribe to Lightroom cc until the issue has been addressed. This subscription model that adobe is transiting to is a double edged sword. I am forced to pay for the service indefinitely, however I can also leave with my money anytime I want.

Pity, since it was a first true mobile solution that actually worked and I liked it.
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You're right! I'm currnetly looking how to use another sync service, as LR is not ready yet. I prefer a less complete solution but where I'm not dependent on bugs or basic design flaws.
Now they're the only one to have a synced solution and they know it, but when another player comes to the market... Oh man!
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A general question to everyone in this discussion.

Has anyone tried out a macro touch tool? There is an app called Auto Touch which is unfortunately only available on cydia, not Apple App Store, so jailbreaking is required, which I’m not prepared to do.

What this tool does is record an indefinite touch sequence, so what you do for example is, load 300 or however many images into Lightroom mobile. Start the touch record, touch the share button, slide your finger across the top row of images, touch the tick icon top right, which brings up the resolution block, choose max res, let the rendering happen (I’d recommend waiting 1 minute longer after render completes, as each render varies in time), then location box drops down, select the option to where and what folder it’ll be copied, most likely in files.

Repeat this touch sequence until 300 images line by line are done. The first time will take a while, but in the end all you have to do in future is select your album folder and play the touch sequence back, walk away from your iPad and it’ll give you however many touch sequences you recorded played back you. Automation.

You may have to turn off sleep or screen auto lock, but I do believe this could actually work.

Anyone here know anything about these type of apps? Or even can make one?
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I always snap photo with raw format , which mean I need to do color adjustment and convert to jpg format for daily use. I very enjoy using Lightroom software/app , but the bad news only convert maximum 15 files in a time , which is not user friendly
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom mobile iOS: I can only export 15 images at a time & limited to the one ....

With Lightroom mobile running on 2017 iPad Pro 12.9” When I export images in a gallery I can only select 15 at a time to save - I often need to export 30-100 at a time. This seems daft , plus because it doesn’t run in background I can’t quickly select another 15 to workaround this problem. Adobe , can we please change this ? Plus when exporting there is only one option for the size , it looks like there ‘should’ be options to select in the image size export / save dialogue box .2048px is fine for previews , but mostly I send 1200px or 1600px for previews , and then export another batch of full size without compression. - we have no options for any of this , can we get some more options please?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Mobile: Ability to export more than 15 images at a time.

It seems that Lightroom Mobile only allows 15 images to be selected at maximum when I try to share them (export). I'd like to be able to export more than 15 images at once.My use case: timelapses on the go. I prefer shooting individual frames and putting them all together into a single timelapse. My old workflow when I was still using Lr desktop (classic) was to edit a single frame, sync settings, and export everything. In the meantime I've tried switching to a fully mobile workflow only using my iPad, and everything is fine and dandy except for this seemingly inexplicable limitation.My horrible workaround: Remote desktop into an always running machine and export my images from a Lr desktop instance. This is terrible.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. There's tons of reasons for this limitation (both historical and current) however it's clear we need to reconsider how to support different workflows in which exporting is important.

One of the biggest issues still is that Lightroom (and other apps that write to and interact with the filesystem) cannot run in the background. An app like Lr is able to continue running in the background for up to 15 minutes after the user closes the app, but only until the iOS memory manager needs to recover the memory currently used by Lightroom (which is actually quite considerable, as we're doing quite a lot of heavy lifting of large files). Some apps can get around this temporarily by using a GPS-based wake-up mechanism (something we are exploring currently) which lets the app launch once in the background if the location has changed significantly (this is a trick that apps like Google Photos and Dropbox use to get around this background limit) but it only works once and only if you're moving around.

The multi-app/multitasking approach that Apple is improving on within iOS 11 (especially on iPads) gets around this limitation to some degree, but not perfectly.

There are other issues / limitations as well, so something certainly we'll need to keep noodling on.
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Can’t you just add a « cancel » button in case someone dares to export more than 15 images and doesn’t want to wait?
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At the moment, I'm importing 800+ photos in lightroom mobile on my ipad pro. This is not the first time and I know that this can take more than 15 minutes. How come this is possible but exporting more than 15 photos isn't?

I work full time as a photographer and I've decided to ditch the laptop and go fully portable. Believe it or not, I can do literally everything that I need from a laptop on my ipad pro (from importing to full retouching) EXCEPT for exporting all photos at once, pasting settings to all photos at once, image watermarks (which I'm not that fussed about since we have text watermarks added this year), and custom export options.

To answer the questions you asked from the other post above,
1. Why are you looking to export a large number of images? Are you sending to a client, are you looking to back them up, etc.

A growing number of users (not just me) want to be able to work on the road for various reasons. I want to go lighter for travelling which is why I ditched the laptop. Doing events, live shows, or even portraits require exporting a lot of photos in one go.

2. What format do you need those images to be in?

I'm simple. Most of my clients are happy with a jpeg srgb format. However it would be nice to change the sizes and resolutions for different uses (e.g. Facebook, website, etc)

3. What is missing for your workflow with the ability to create an online shared album from which people can download full resolution images with all edits applied?

This was probably aimed for the original poster but for me, I suck it up and just paste settings to photos individually and export 15 photos at a time. If these two issues can be taken care of, I can easily cut my work flow to a quarter of the time it takes me now.

I knew that switching to an all mobile set up would come with compromises but it would be a great help if these can be sorted especially since even those who still use laptops/desktops are clamouring for these features. Thanks!
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I think that the question: "Why are you looking to export a large number of images" is totally irrelevant. If an album can be greater than 15 images, it's obvious that I might want to export entire album, whatever reasons I might have.
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1. Why are you looking to export a large number of images?

Well there are an easily vast number of reasons that a software house as Adobe (professional creative softwares maker since decades..) should imagine without any difficulties:

- For instance me and my wife use shared iCloud albums, she doesn't want our photos I took  in a link to an online album, she wants them in her iPhone photo app

- I need to share photos to other people(relatives, family members, friends, clients) because they want to print them out, they don't want a link to an online album from which downlad them one by one, they want a folder with jpeg (which size I would like to optimize)

- I need to use my photos on an other platform, to make a portfolio, a photo-project, to back up them in my HDD, etc..

I need a way to move my photos after I edited in your software. As for now Lightroom mobile CC (ipad-iphone version) is a space where photos can come in and from where they cannot exit anymore, If not in little groups (randomly ordered in my iphone gallery btw).

Hope to have enlightened a bit some of the customers needs. 
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I’d be perfectly happy to keep Lr running in the foreground during an export.
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This totally sucks balls, i just done a shoot, am on route home and now am unable to get the pictures onto my drive as i got to 15 at a time, takes ages to render them and then only 15, so i got to do this so many times its just stupid. Ipadpro more than capable, yet i have to repeat this so many times, i may as well just remove it from my work flow and go to classic, why they cant make this work i will never know, who shoots just 15 pics? Just did an event of 400 pics, anad a baby shoot for 97 pics, i am not at home, but wanted CC for travelling so i can work while i move and upload while i travel, 15 however is soo painful to be almost useless.
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Seriously it makes no sense for us to only be able to export 15 photos at a time. If you need to leave Lightroom active during export fine, but please remove this restriction! Also why are my 25Mb raw files being exported at 5MB jpg on Lightroom Mobile when the same files are rendered out as 15MB or more jpg files from a desktop Lightroom. Are you compressing further on Mobile? This is not acceptable if you indicate ‘maximum available.’
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We need options for the output size , as we all have different needs
- some want to give clients or family full size or to print from , and some want to only output low res for a web use.
Plus we need colurspace , and tiff / jpg (with compression options )
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Im a professional photographer that regularly edits and sends via ftp over 100 images from my ipad. This involves ingesting, editing and exporting. Yes more than 15 images per export is very much a requirement- at the moment i do it on each images as i finish editing it. Not ideal
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Yeah this sucks, it needs to be fixed. I uploaded 470 files into photos then uploaded them to the cloud, edited them all and now i want to export them into the files app on my iPad and i have to do it 12 at a time.l I don’t need the ability to add them to photos, i want export them to google drive or Dropbox.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Batch processing on lightroom mobile.

Lightroom mobile need batch processing feature that can process more than 15 photos. For pro feature, I think it’s very significant. It wasting time if process per 15 photos, because rendering time is not short. Or, you can use new metode, not import photos again, but sync lightroom with camera roll like another app. It more effective. I used ipad pro 12.9 inch 2017 version.
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explain to the engineers why users need to export more than 15 photos? 

so after a wedding you shoot 2k photos, upload them to you computer, sync in lightroom to edit on your ipad... you choose 300 photos that are ready to export on the ipad, but... only 15 photos at a time. why not select all 300 and export it at one time? 

i'm using a ipad pro 12.9 2017 version and very disappointed in LR's export capability. 
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Hi all,
I recently bought an iPad Pro and am very impressed of the performance. Lightroom is also lightning fast and I honestly think that I work faster on the iPad than the computer. For this reason I am thinking of using the LR mobile app as my main app to do a batch of photo enhancement. But unfortunately, with the 15 photos export restriction it makes the workflow not optimised.
I know you have some technical issues but If you could fix this or find a work around (eg keep the app running in the foreground) It would make the app so much more relevant!
I still want to thanks the developers for all the other aspect of the app, quite amazing!
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The fact that I’m limited to 15 photos is reason enough to end my subscription with Lightroom. It severely slows down my workflow and just causes more frustration than what it’s worth. It’s completely ridiculous that the time it takes me to edit is equal to the same amount of time it takes to export. Please fix this problem!
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I totally agree with the previous comments. We are now in 2018 and any « technical » explanation for this limitation is total crap.
If the background issue were an issue, just prompt a pop up (once) explaining the app has to remain open. People will understand this. At least more than an silly limitation.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Mobile: Unlimited batch export/share feature request.

Dear team, I think it will be better if you make batch processing feature in adobe lightroom mobile unlimited. The 15 photos batch processing doesn’t enough for pro photographer especially who shooting event. Thanks
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Thanks for your input! I've merged your request with this thread to add your vote.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled limit of 15 picture saving/export, when will this change???.

This save/export limit is killing my mobile speed flow on my IPAD Pro. I can import pics great, load to CC great, edit on the move great, then cant export the 300 images i got, unless i do 15 at a time, and event then they don't always come out in correct order. This truly is messing with my workflow. Meaning i have to buy another laptop to do what my Ipad pro already does, minus preset sync of Course which is another Killer.
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I've merged your post with this thread so it will count as a vote for this feature. 
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Exactly my problem using it. iPad pro is very capable and I normally shoot 100s - 2000 images on a shoot and make a selection of 25% and Mobile CC is great for on the go. 
The speed we can import and edit is great. 
But when it comes to exporting them out , really limited , completely messes up the lovely workflow. 
Also why can't it export in the background? , its terrible that it takes over lightroom when its doing this. 
+1 for preset sync , as I've prob mentioned before I want select a whole bunch of images in an album and then copy and paste the same grade to them all. I don't want to have to do this one by one to 100's! 

Its so close to being great! 
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This is the biggest thing separating me from using Lightroom mobile. It is the difference between shooting 500 images st my sons baseball game, processing them and having them uploaded for all the families within the hour at a coffee shop, and having to drag around my MacBook Pro and do all the editing there. Editing photos on my iPad quickly actually got me back into photography, now that I’m back in the whole swing this limitation is killing my momentum and motivation. I’m now two days since my sons last game and the SD card is still in the camera because I haven’t had the flexibility to edit them on mobile. PLEASE fix. I’ll let it process for 30 minutes if I need to, it’s an iPad. Once I’m done it just churns away And I’m off doing the next thing. I use Lightroom mobile to get editing tasks done sandwiched in the middle of my day whenever and wherever.
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The reason given that the “app” is the limitation is somewhat confusing. Granted I am not the developer, so this may be totally off, but here is how I understand the app behaves.


Full size RAW images are mapped via the LRCatalog to the smart previews which are stored locally on desktop and downloaded in memory on mobile. All edits are mapped to the LRCat file in the cloud and thus synced across devices.


When the user selects export, they are simply telling the cloud to render full resolution jpgs from the RAW file using the most updated LRCat edits for each image. These files are then downloaded to the user defined output location.


If this is close, why can’t the heavy lifting occur in the cloud, running in a queue and storing the files in a temporary folder or even web gallery until the operation completes. After it’s complete a notification could be sent to the user and the finished files downloaded or even shared with a client.


Seems to make sense to me, could even have that be a feature to charge for, like free ### files in the cloud or free ### gallery in the cloud , etc.,
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It's all done locally (e.g. on your iPad) so you can still export while offline, therefore it's limited by the iPad's resources. See Josh's comment above:

One of the biggest issues still is that Lightroom (and other apps that write to and interact with the filesystem) cannot run in the background. An app like Lr is able to continue running in the background for up to 15 minutes after the user closes the app, but only until the iOS memory manager needs to recover the memory currently used by Lightroom (which is actually quite considerable, as we're doing quite a lot of heavy lifting of large files)

Moving that conversion process off to the cloud so you can download the results would be very cool though!
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I’ve noticed other apps cannot batch process either, so yes I would agree that it’s not as simple as Lightroom allowing more images to export. Apple needs to address this.

Another simple way I believe Adobe could get by this and help us is to create software built into Lightroom that can change a Mcat file into a Lrcat file (Lightroom mobile to Lightroom catalog), so we can copy our mcat folder over which contains everything from our RAW photos to the Xmp info and open it on a desktop and finish the process there. Just like when somebody shares a catalog with another person, same principle.

This should be simple enough,. If adobe can allow Lightroom cc to sync and communicate between mobile and desktop, there is already some sort of conversion process happening between iOS and OS.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Exporting multiple images in ios.

Can we have the ability to export more than 15 images at a time to files / camera roll in IOS Lightroom? I often want to upload a whole album and it can take ages when I have to split it into 15 at a time
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Damn! I think I might know another reason for this limitation. Imagine you are on the go with with many (maybe hundreds of Go) on your LR Mobile. But how do you get your those pictures on your computer without buying extra storage?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Export from LR mobile on IOS only processes 15 pictures at a time and without ca....

I have 500 pictures that I want to export and I can only take 15 at a time. It’s impossible to know witch ones that are already exported. The date disapoears in EXIF information after export. Useless if you do not fix this!
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The way it works now, it cannot replace any serious desktop workflow. Only small group of photos’ edit. It’s a shame because all the useful edits tools are there, and I am willing to subscribe to move my workflow on an iPad 100%.

For now I will unsubscribe, following for a solution from adobe.
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I fully empahtise. I’ve been trying to switch to Lr CC on iOS, but this limitation (along with not being able to lossless export OR sync settings) made me reconsider. Since I don’t want to go back to non tablet-centric workflows, I’ve stopped using Adobe products until they ship professional products.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Wieso kann ich nicht en ganzes Album exportieren?.

Die Maximale Anzahl Fotos die ich exportieren kann sind jeweils 15 Bilder. Geht da auch mehr?