Photoshop/Lightroom CC: Extensions for Apple Photos

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Just subscribed to CC (Photography Plan) and I'm sorry to say that the workflow on OS X is very tedious! Having a Photos extension to allow Photoshop/Lightroom to import the original/RAW image from Photos' library, then save the edits back to that library while still preserving the original/RAW file would be such an improvement!
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  • exhausted from all the exporting, importing, deleting, etc.

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What does Photos offer that Lightroom doesn't?  Why are you feeling the need to save things into the Photos library instead of cataloguing them in Lightroom?
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I'm a hobbyist photographer, with around 17k photos so far and way less time to perfect them than what I'd wish. My wife and I love to watch these on our TV so I use an apple TV to stream my Photos library. Main advantage for me is that I can set a specific set of photos as the screensaver, so there's often going to be a slideshow running while we're playing with the kids or doing something else. And in seconds we can be browsing through any and all parts of our entire library. I also love the fact that I can spend 10 minutes doing some edits on the computer and immediately see the results on the TV. Then Photos will also automatically sync the latest photos to our phones every night. These are all great time savers for me.

I've looked quickly into Lightroom's own library, but so far it seems it can't stream to my apple TV without going through some extra publishing or exporting, which is what I'm trying to minimize.
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Ah, that makes sense!  So actually, a Lightroom Apple TV app might also solve your problem?
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It would fulfil my needs with regards to the TV streaming yes, though it likely wouldn't help with syncing the photos to our phones.
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Lightroom mobile gives you access to your photos on your phones/mobile devices.
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I'm testing the Lightroom library at the moment, I'll write back once I have the info I need. If there are sufficient advantages to the Lightroom library then it might indeed justify the extra work required on both side to migrate the library and develop a separate Apple TV app rather than an OS X extension.
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So LR library showed promise, but...

The Cloud sync is a huge issue for me, and it seems for others as well (https://forums.adobe.com/thread/14460...).

Don't get me wrong. The ability to work on the go and have the edits automatically apply to the originals in the desktop library is borderline genius. But none of that is going to happen if I can't get my photos on my phone and saved for offline editing in time.

So again, either Adobe develops local sync AND an Apple TV app which can ALSO stream photos locally, or an OSX extension.
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I am creating a workflow for my Customer (I am a Computer Consultent / Photographer).  The workflow from Aprature was simple for iPhone pictures, Apple Photos simply syncs to the program and you can then make your edets and save them... at that point they are accessable from all your devices with edits.

Now that she is migrated to Lightroom it would be ideal if she could connect Lightroom to the Photos database and edit the photos in place or at the very least reach in to grab a photo without first exporting that photo first, and then be able to put it back to access from all devices.

The only semi workable solution I have landed on is to use Google photos to pull both the Lightroom and Apple Photos images to allow access to both together from a single location, but it still leaves Lighroom out of the loop when it comes to touching up the pictures taken on a phone. 

Alternativly I though of using the Lightroom Moble App, to get the pictures imported but that is so incredably manual (forcing you to select individule photos) rather than giving an option to do all photos all the time, that I dont believe she will ever do the steps nessasary to get the photos imported.

Please consider offering full support for Apple Photos or sync directly to the Apple Cloud to allow seemles use of Lightroom in the Apple invironment.  Google Photos has no problem doing it... so it can't be impossable.  Or if you insist on recreating the wheel with the Adobe Cloud then at least setup an automated option or app that will simply sync all new photos taken from a phone directly into Lightroom with no need to select anything.  

Remember that end users are not usually technical.

Thanks,

Mike
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The Lightroom mobile/CC cloud sync is Adobe's solution to this problem, in the same way that the Photos/Aperture/iCloud combination was Apple's.

If you tap on the LR icon in the LR mobile app, you can set it to auto import all new photos added to the phone's camera roll (e.g. those shot with the normal camera app), so all she has to remember is to open LR mobile now and again to let them upload. Nothing more technical involved. In the desktop preferences, you can also set them to download directly into her normal photo folders rather than the default Mobile Downloads.lrdata package.