Lightroom CC: Ability to sort by custom user order

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I would like to switch to the new Lightroom CC, but being able to sort images in my collections/albums by Custom/User Order like I can in Classic is an absolute requirement for my workflow.
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This page: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/faq.html says, "Lightroom CC will be be coming soon to Team and Enterprise plans". Maybe that type of plan would enable an account to be divided up as you suggest. I would like that also.
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Great request jlucca, custom sort is high on my list of priorities too.
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custom sort order is available in web version of lightroom, so why not in lightroom CC?
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Just didn't quite make it in time for the deadline, among all of the other priorities Mike. Since it's in the mobile/web apps, I'd expect it to be a high priority.
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still no sign of it 7 months later!
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The product is useless without sorting photos in a logical order.
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I think what Adobe is doing is trying to force us to sort based on a logical order (time, filename, etc).  I want to sort based on any illogical order I feel...like Lightroom Classic.  But that is an argument of semantics and yes I agree, its useless without this feature.
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This omission is daft. Even Google Photos has a good implementation of managing album photo custom order.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Need to be able to reorder photos in albums.

Lightroom albums are useless to me if photos can only appear chronologically and can't be reordered. That's absolutely basic for any application claiming to cater to creative photographers. Unless that changes, Lightroom CC is also useless to me, and I need to continue to use the desktop app.
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The workaround that was suggested to me recently is set the custom order of your album in Lr Web, which will sync to LrCC when you select the custom order option of the album. 
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I am also freaking flabbergasted that Adobe left this out of CC.  If I want to simply rearrange my images I have to go between two programs (CC w/ web or mobile or classic).  Why would I use this outside of its syncing/backup ability that I can do easily although manually vs using incomplete software?  Outside of using another program, this is like 1991 basic stuff where the program only sorts by data.

I agree with Sharon that CC is useless without a custom sort order that is based on whatever whim I have and not some type data (rating, file number, capture date, etc) and without using a secondary system (web/mobile) to do the sorting.
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Does anyone have an update on when this basic feature will be available?
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The ability to sort by custom user order WITHIN the album function makes the whole thing useful, otherwise nobody will feel like or will be the AUTHOR of an album ...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: import: Add to album list sort options.

As one starts to use CC mor e and more you get alot of albums. The album i need to select is in way down the list, as mine is name by year. Sort options for the dropdown would allow to sort the list descending by name or even by recent used.
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The issue I had was merged to this issue even though they are not the same issue?
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I think Rick misunderstood and thought you were asking for album sort, rather than album LIST sort. Can I get you to repost please?
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Oops!! You are correct, Victoria. 

My apologies, Jesper!
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Sure. No problem. Thanks for clearing it up :)
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...and I promise not to mess it up this time! :-)
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It's simply unbelieavable that we still need to vote for the devs to take a look at this issue.. 

what are we paying for? some unfinished crappy software?
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Software's never finished. There's always more features we want, and only so many hours in the day, so everything has to be prioritized. This one simply hasn't hit the top of the list yet.
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Fair enough. It's busy. But this isn't some half-cooked experimental thing, it's the flagship, an expensive program, and custom sorting is something nearly every serious user relies on. Please help them rocket this to the top of the list!
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oh please... just stick to what you can really call "done" instead of throwing some lame excuses on us.

If something in a update doesn't work fully as expected it's a bug, not a feature. Save it for some future update, when it's ready.
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Major feature request. Don't understand why it's in iOS and not Mac!
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iOS has been developed for a few more years than the desktop version. It just had a head start. I do agree this is a high priority request.
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I have been waiting for this now for OVER 6 MONTHS!!! I have asked this a thousand times to customer care. 

How can something SO little (dev time), SO essential (for every photographer), take SO MUCH TIME! 

My patience has gone. If it isn't there in the next update, I will cancel my subscription and rather use Classic. 

I am paying now over 6 months for this, but because of my workflow I keep using Classic. Meaning I am paying CC for nothing!
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It is astonishing that software advertised as created for photographers doesn't allow us to order photos within albums so we can tell our stories. This isn't a nice-to-have feature they might consider adding a year later. It's something that's absolutely fundamental to anyone who wants to tell a story with their images. Lightroom CC is utterly useless to me. I don't use it. I have an Adobe photography subscription that gives me Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Lightroom CC with much less storage. I create my albums in Lightroom Classic and use SmugMug for my online albums. I don't care about the Lightroom CC storage since it, like Lightroom CC, is useless to me. I am considering using ON1 instead. 
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Can the moderators please change the status from "Idea" to "Problem". Because one can already "Sort Custom Order" an album. But one cannot change the order manually in the Desktop App. It is possible in the Web and Mob app though. Which makes it a bug! 
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Don't take too much notice of the labelling - it's only the language Adobe uses internally. They just call it a feature request because the functionality that is already there is working as designed, and this is new functionality they need to add to the desktop app. 
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I am in software developing myself, I know the difference between a feature-request and bug-fixing! The functionality there is NOT working as designed. Because one CANNOT use the CUSTOM ORDER. You are assuming one has to use OTHER apps to do the custom ordering, this is similar to saying use Instagram to upload a photo into FB but do not expect FB to be able to upload as wel.

We pay $120 per YEAR for a professional application. This basic and VERY EASY TO DEVELOP function missing is just straight on to cry for. And you defending this behaviour and claiming  it's a "nice feature which will come one day" is just even more sad. I don't know if you actually work for Adobe, if you do so I think it is wise to send a link of this thread to the product owner or lead-dev....
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Farhang, I am not on Adobe's payroll, and I'm neither defending nor attacking their decisions. I'm just telling you how it is. They're aware of all of these requests, whether you call them bugs or feature requests, and they're prioritizing, as I'm sure you do in your own development.
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I am very confused – after setting "Custom Order" in the desktop app, I still can't sort the photos in my own desired order :(
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Petr, the desktop app can't actually set a custom order yet. It can only display a custom order elsewhere (such as in the mobile apps).
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Displaying custom order is NOT a function. If it can't customize order, why would there be a function called custom order?! Lightroom CC for desktop is the MAIN application, there is no logic to expect a user to use a different app the customize the order you want to see in the main application....

This is clearly a bug, please stop justifying it as a real feature. 
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I can sort the photos with the iPad app but not with the PC software? That is crazy...  After sorting them on the iPad I can display them in the custom order on the PC app but can't change the order on the PC... that need to be fixed! 
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Frank, the iPad app's just been in development for a lot longer than the desktop one, so it had a head start. It's about the 14th most popular request in terms of votes, which could well explain why it hasn't hit the top of the priority list yet.
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Adobe likes to brand themselves as the interface for creative professionals. To not have a custom sort function totally negates the software's creative function. 

So disappointed Lightroom CC can't figure this one out. Our visual language is created not just through a single image, but rather made through the interaction of images. Sequence, pattern, rhythm, this next to this .... this is how we process what we see. 

Victoria, Is there a timeline for this fix to Lightroom? At this point the program has really become unusable in my art practice. 
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Heather, they don't pre-announce future releases, so I'm afraid I don't have a timeline to share with you.
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Hey Adobe - Just adding my name to the list.
This is essential for me, if I'm going to carry on using Lightroom / Portfolio
Love You ! - Bye !!!
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Custom order is a must, and it's just very frustrating that is not possible anymore to sort by custom order. Look at Google Photos, we can custom order in Albums only. It's brilliant...

We can "Archive" picture that we can see only in the album it's also Brillant
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Not possible to sort the images by custom user order.

Migrated my iPhoto Library to Lightroom CC - works fine! One issue - maybe someone can help me. On my iMac it is not possible to sort the images by custom user order. Although I selected "User defined sort order" at the botton of the screen it is not possible to move an image. Any idea?
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Having read now all postings in this group - unbelievable that this is not implemented yet.
Google Photos, Apple Fotos and even Lightroom Mobile have it but not the desktp app?????
It is a must and paying a monthly charge without this feature is unacceptable.