Lightroom: Allow deleting photos on a device and keeping them on the cloud at the same time

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Deleting photo on a device (iPad, Iphone  at least) deletes them from the cloud. this makes it impossible to use the cloud as the on the go backup for your photos. i will travel for 6 month and i expect to have more photos on the iPad than it can store. thus i need to offload them to a cloud as i go. but i want to process them in LR as i travel and save them with all edits on the cloud for further processing on the desktop computer when i am back from my trip. I think it is such an obvious and natural usage case of the cloud service that i am surprised it has not been implemented yet. Do you expect such functionality within 4 months?.
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Yves Crausaz

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Simply subscribe to more space on Adobe ....

And you can store more pictures!

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Adam Dr.

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Well, the problem is the storage on the device, not in the cloud. How more space on Adobe would help with that?
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Yves Crausaz

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The problem is that you keep a copy on the device ..... And lPad can not yet write on an external drive ......

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Sebastian Taciak

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Yes the problem is not the space on the cloud. It is the fact that we cannot decouple the cloud storage from the device storage.

The issue is even worse than I described above. I have iPhone, if I upload photos processed on iPad from the cloud to the iPhone and than decide to delete them from the iPhone than it deletes them also from the cloud and from the iPad. In this way the amount of storage on the cloud does not matter all I can store is 30GB of photos that I can put on my iPhone or 200GB If I keep photos only on an iPad. I will never reach 1TB space on the cloud.
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Guys (at adobe) it is quite common to use one device for storage and processing and other for selective storage. For example, iPhone should work only as a storage of selected final processed photos that you want to show to your friends. We do not need to migrate the whole power of Lightroom processing to this small device. There is cloud, desktops and increasingly pads for it!
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You can set in the preferences that the iPad should not store the original, but only a smart preview. In that case the original will be replaced by a smart preview once it has been uploaded to the cloud. That means you can still edit the image, but the image only takes about 1 MB of iPad disk space. Settings - Cloud storage & sync - Only Download Smart Previews.
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Sebastian Taciak

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Thx, but by removing the raw file from the device where I process the files I will not be able to process it further or at least maintain the quality of processing right? Or I am wrong about that?
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Of course you can process it further. Smart Previews are perfectly viable for most edit operations, but even if you wanted to process the original there is the option to "Get Original". In fact, certain operations will require the original to be downloaded automatically, but to deal with the resulting local storage space being slowly eroded you have the option to "Clear Cache" on both individual albums or a global "all albums" basis.  
Have a look around the interface, there are various options available to the user to help manage the local device space utilisation without compromising the ability to use original files when needed.
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Simple fact is the Adobe Cloud system is not intended as a Back Up system. It is there so multiple devices can have the access to the same files.
If you want Online Storage for back up purposes then you should look someplace else.
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On your mobile devices, make sure that any albums you in LR Mobile DO NOT have "Store Locally" turned on.  

Also you didn't mention (in my quick scan of the thread) how these images got on your iPad or Phone.  If you uploaded them outside of the LR app or used a camera other than the one inside of LR, then you need to figure out where you originally uploaded them to or where that camera app placed them.  Assuming those images have been imported into the LR app and synced to the Adobe cloud, you should be able to delete those images outside of LR (perhaps using the Camera app that you used to take the photos).  Don't forget to empty the trash or recycle bin.  This should free up space on the iPad or phone and when you want to see or work on those images, LR on the mobile device will be forced to get a fresh copy of the image from the cloud (which means you'll need an connection to the Internet).  LR Mobile will keep a local copy of such copies (which will be smart previews) until any changes you make have re-synced back to the cloud and at some point will then decide that the smart preview copy on the mobile device is not being accessed much and will remove it.  At least that's how I understand it.