Lightroom Classic: Back-sync Albums and Folders from Lightroom CC

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When Lightroom Classic syncs photos that were uploaded into the CC cloud, it loses any pre-assigned folder/albums.  Can we please have this fixed?
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Kevin Wright

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john beardsworth

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Fixed? It's not broken. Amazingly, it's by design.
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Kevin Wright

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Whilst I appreciate your input, and value what you said... I'm damned if I'm going to like it!  I'd happily upvote, just not like :)
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Carlos Cardona

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If by "photos" you mean the original, hi-res or RAW file, LR Classic NEVER syncs those to the Cloud. It only syncs the Smart Preview so you can use your LR Mobile on your iPad, etc. If you are switching from Classic to LR CC, and uploading your entire catalog, do yourself a favor and don't!
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Kevin Wright

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I mean back-syncing - full raw images, from the cloud to Lightroom classic.

It doesn't hurt to at least try and make it work, and if nobody ever tries then how can we find and report these kind of issues to improve it to the point of usability?
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Kevin, what do you mean by "it loses any pre-assigned folder/albums. " Can you please explain in detail ?
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Kevin Wright

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I mean that I could have potentially 1000's of pictures in Lightroom CC, organised across tens of folders/albums.

Yet when I synchronise Lightroom classic, the resulting downloaded images have no folders, no structure
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Kevin Wright

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You're right there.  In this I'm in the same boat as many others.  What I mostly want when it comes to image management is

  1. All my photos backed up to the CC cloud in full original raw quality.
  2. The ability to sync images/albums/collections/folders on (and upload from) multiple computers
  3. The ability to store just smart previews on a machine to conserve space, only fetching RAW images when needed
  4. The ability to quickly and easily curate and publish online albums/galleries from the images that are held in the cloud, potentially via my phone
  5. The ability to crop to custom ratios and access to a fully-featured curves control
  6. The ability to have pre-defined exports with tuned size/quality parameters for e.g. export to Instagram

Classic can't do 1-3, so my hand has been forced. I have to use Lightroom unclassic to perform the upload, to only store smart previews, or to work across multiple machines.

Unclassic can't do 5-6, so I need a workflow that includes syncing with Classic - and accept that I'll only be able to use this on one machine.  Given that it's my laptop with limited storage I can't easily use a classic-first workflow, not without tricky juggling of both local and NAS-mounted storage locations.

Believe me, if these facilities were all available via the original Lightroom then I wouldn't want to go within a mile of the unclassic version and its limited feature set right now.

Then again... it also seems reasonable that unclassic is going to get all the Adobe loving for the foreseeable future, so I strongly suspect that it'll gain more develop controls, more export options, and better control over what's synced and multiple local storage options before I see better cloud integration and multiple device sync in classic.
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john beardsworth

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I would keep an eye on whether Adobe get round to enabling selective sync for the CC drive.
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Kevin Wright

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Totally... There's a big picture here in which Adobe needs to seriously raise their overall game as regards syncing, file management, and publishing in general.

Selective sync, upload prioritisation, uploading of previews before originals, a standalone client, sync to multiple local locations, folder/album/collection sync, cross-migration to/from other cloud storage providers, more than the one multi-album gallery, secured shared folders via guest logins, and have Lightroom classic be a full participant in the ecosystem.

One glimmer of hope I see here is the announced CC Storage API: https://www.adobe.io/apis/creativecloud/ccstorageapi.html

Hopefully this represents the underlying work needed for them to build everything else on.  Failing that, I can always keep my fingers crossed that they'll expose enough functionality for me to write my own client able to scratch several of these itches!
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john beardsworth

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Thanks, I hadn't noticed that API.
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Kevin Wright

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I think it only appeared - to exactly zero fanfare - within the last couple of weeks.  I have of course already signed up to the mailing list for any further announcements on it.
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