Lightroom: Facebook Collection Sync

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Hello, all. I am one of the Aperture converts to Lightroom. 

I'm about 78% happy with the transition. LR has some super cool features...and it's got some maddenly frustrating ones. 

One thing that Aperture did so incredibly smoothly was album syncing between your library and Facebook. This tells me that Lightroom *could* do it...it just doesn't. 

In Aperture, it would analyze Facebook albums, download comments, download missing photos from albums, and only sync photos that weren't present. It was quite convenient, because I could essentially manage Facebook albums from Aperture. 

Right now, Facebook publishing in LR is effectively a one way street, and I have do double the work if any changes get made to photos in the album. (i.e. Go and delete old duplicates on the FB side)

Please work with the FB team and figure out a way to make syncing actually...well, sync.
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Stephen Robert Froeber

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Posted 10 months ago

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John R. Ellis, Champion

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You could try this Facebook plugin. Facebook doesn't allow external apps to do true two-way syncing, but this plugin may give you at least some features you're missing from the built-in LR Facebook plugin.  The plugin's author helped design LR's publish-service architecture, and his plugins have an excellent reputation -- they're generally much better maintained than LR's.
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Alan Harper

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Just to point out something to those who do not click through your link, John, the publisher of this plug-in (Jeffrey Friedl) says:

"Until Facebook considers photos an important feature for its users, and updates the app interface appropriately, it makes little sense for most users to use this Publish feature to upload images to Facebook.
"This document describes Publish for Facebook, but it is recommended that you not use Publish unless you have a firm grasp of the ramifications."

Facebook really does not see any need to give users detailed control over their photos, alas.