Feature request: Streamlined Interface for Classic CC

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Love the new streamlined interface of Lightroom CC, but the cloud centric workflow is not for me. However, I would very much like to edit my photos in the Lightroom CC interface as the Classic CC interface is cluttered with features that I never use.

Perhaps you could offer an option for a streamlined interface in Classic CC, with a combined library and develop module just like with the new CC?
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If you don't want to sync at all, but LRCC has all the features you need, you could just click the cloud icon top right and pause sync.
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Thanks for the suggestion, Victoria! I'll consider that, but I have two issues with it:

1. I would like to sync certain things to the cloud for viewing/editing on my iPad. I don't think LRCC will allow me to do that.

2. I like the traditional folder management of LR Classic better. In LRCC it seems that all images are stored inside the .lrlibrary, at least on a Mac. That's what Apple does with the Photos app and used to do with iPhoto, which I've had issues with in the past and actually lost many photos. And even though that was with Apple's software and not Adobe's, I still don't trust it and want full control over the location of my originals.
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It does let you view/edit on the iPad - in fact, that's the whole idea of the new app.

It doesn't let you manage the folder structure, but the package file is just a pure dated folder structure which you can back up using your own software, and of course it's backed up to the cloud too. To look inside the .lrlibrary file, right-click on it in Finder and choose Show Package Contents. Or change the location to another drive in Preferences and then it's just a normal folder.
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Hey. I'm curious about backing up myself. My MacBook Pro has only got 128GB so any sort of local file storage is out of the question :-). 

If you add your local location to an external hard drive and tick keep all originals. What happens if you boot up Lightroom without the external connected? Does it fail over to Synced content? I'm guessing there's no way to back up edits, like in Classic land where you back up the catalog?
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No, it's really smart about it. When you detach the external, it uses a temporary cache on the internal drive just for any new imports or originals it needs to download... and when you next connect the external, it copies them across for you. There isn't any edit backup like Classic though.
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That’s cool. Sounds like a good way to go. Still trying to get my head around everything and trying to get my catalog ready for migration. The ‘folders and folder heirarchy’ not being sent across is a bit scary!
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Sorry if I was unclear. I would like to sync only some of my photos and not all of them, since I don't want to pay for that much storage.

Yes, I know. That's the case with Apple's software as well. I still lost some photos with a structure like that and therefor don't trust it completely. Also would prefer to put my files anywhere I want and not inside their Adobe's library structure.
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Ok, yes, that's still a job for Classic then, at least at this point in time. Tom's recent Q&A blog post did mention they're aware of the calls for selective sync, so watch this space.
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It's also not entirely true that the library works just like a regular folder. I can access the files inside from Finder, but not from third party apps.
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Even if you've changed the location? Mine's showing as a normal folder with updated location, so visible from third party apps too.
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No, you're right. It moves just the folder outside of the library if you select a custom location. So I guess that's an option. But it does put everything in a folder with a weird name though, like Lightroom CC/5ab3487fe76abc78678/originals/2016....

Edit: Rephrased.
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