Lightroom CC: Compare Photos and Survey Mode

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I really miss the ability to pick 1-2-3 similar photos from a shoot and compare them during my editing process to pick the beset one of the three.

Please bring that back to this version.
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George Wesely

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YES - very important feature lacking in Lightrooom CC. Also smart albums. Two basic features in Classic that should be in CC. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Compare Photos and Survey Mode.

I would love to use Lightroom CC as my cloud based photo library app, but there are a few key features missing. For one, the app needs to have the ability to compare 2 or more photos large scale side by side, similar to the Compare View and Survey View in Lightroom Classic. These view modes are essential when I need to closely compare and choose the best of several similar photos. It's a critical feature necessary when editing and curating a large number of photos down to the very best images. This feature is also missing in Apples Photos app. The first one of these 2 apps - Lightroom CC or Photos - that adds this critical feature will win my support.
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Yeah, this can't be an overly complicated feature to put in... how long has Lightroom CC been out?
It'd be nice to have it on both iPad and desktop.
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I think the question is how to implement it well on mobile, especially on smaller screens. I believe the product is designed with a mobile-first mindset (as in "a feature has to work on mobile").
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You could limit it to 2-3 photos on phone and more on tablet. There’s already a multi-select tool, just have a ‘compare’ action along the bottom.
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Lac of a compare mode is one of the few things that are holding me back from fully embracing CC.
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Would be nice if you can stack the photos and let Adobe Sensei suggest the best one in a sequence (e.g. eyes open, smile, sharpness in face/eye region, no photo bombing tourist etc.) 

But agree with the need for compare/survey modes to return in Lightroom CC. 
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I don't know how the product team's thinking, do you use your product daily? Even if you can't make the "compare" feature, then at least allow custom ordering so you can compare two photos by hit/swipe left/right.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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You should be able to swipe between photos on a phone right now.
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Original comment: "Even if you can't make the "compare" feature, then at least allow custom ordering so you can compare two photos by hit/swipe left/right."

You can't swipe between photos selected using the select tool. I guess you could save a certain star rating to only use for photos you want to compare and then filter and then remove it once done... but that's a PITA for a pretty simple feature. Just add a compare button along with add / move / share / delete at the bottom.

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Gotcha. Abc Dfg asked for custom ordering to swipe back and forth. That's not available on the desktop yet, but is available on mobile already.

Some kind of compare view certainly gets my support though, as I agree it's a pain to compare photos that aren't next to each other.
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You can change sort order, but you can't really customize it one off. On the desktop you can select multiple photos from the thumbnail row on the bottom and then move between them.

It's frustrating how I feel like I need to switch between devices - it's a lot faster to edit on my iPad Pro vs 2016 MBP, but the iPad exports photos in a random order which makes file names / time stamp useless for sorting, and I can't select arbitrary photos to compare.  It'd be nice if I could either choose the laptop or tablet as ideal editing device vs switching between them.
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AFAIK, Lightroom CC has no compare/survey view. Only before/after edit toggle. And swiping left/right between two photos is not a true compare/survey mode.