Few Lightroom CC questions and throughts

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I've been toying with Lightroom CC for the past several days, since it is getting close to what I've wanted for quite some time. I have a couple questions, thoughts, and requests.

-The ability to set an import preset or at least apply a preset to multiple photos at once is a must. I'm just a hobby user. I use this all the time.
-User presets need to sync to the mobile versions as well.
-Ability to set GPS location. Right now I'm stuck having to open up Classic to add location data.
-Scrolling is painfully choppy on my MacBook Pro 15 inch. Classic scrolls smoother. iPad and iPhone scroll like butter. Apple Photos scrolls buttery smooth too. I was hoping the new from the ground up version would eliminate all the speed complaints of what is now Classic.
-Live Photos support. Google Photos supports this, so its clear third parties can. With the new Lightroom being a great ecosystem for general consumers I think this needs to be added.
-HEIC and HEVC support for iOS 11 would also be great. Hate having the iPhone convert each photo. Leads to larger file sizes and possibly compromised quality.

Question on behavior I'm seeing and if it is expected: I import into Lightroom CC. When I open Lightroom Classic it is pulling down all the originals. That is fine, and actually appreciated. It seems to take an abnormally long time to do this though. I just did 14 photos at 25MB each. It took a half hour to bring them down. Just to test I had an install of CC (not classic) on another computer download the originals and it took about a minute, maybe two. The worst part is that Lightroom Classic is totally unresponsive when this is going on. It used to pull down RAW files very quick when I did the initial import on my iPad.

The potential of this new ecosystem is great. I'm sure features will get added over time. Hopefully a new lighter codebase allow rapid additions and improvements. These are just a few of the things I would personally like to see. I tried not to suggest anything too out there. Most of these thoughts are sentiments I've seen echoed around the internet since the introduction.
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Great requests Rick. They'll stand the best chance if you post them as individual requests, because then other people can vote on the ones they most want to see too.

Really pleased to hear you're enjoying it, and you're right, I'm sure we'll see quite rapid development in the early days, as happens with most software.
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Hi Rick,

Just out of curiosity, because I am thinking about, giving it another try since the last WWDC: why don‘t you use Apple’s‘ Photos app? What do you miss there? What are the positives of LR CC from your point of view? Without having tested it myself, Photos seems to be quite similar to LR CC.
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I've been contemplating that myself the past few days as I have experimented. So far I've just found a few things that I think I may struggle with.
1. Much more tedious to edit on mobile. Have to exit and enter the edit mode for each photo. Kind of little, but I feel it will make things seem very tedious.
2. My main PC is a MacBook Pro. I often dock it to a larger monitor. All my work is done on it. Currently with Lightroom I move the RAW files to my NAS when I am done working with them locally. That allows me to back them up. There is no way to have my NAS pull down the full photo library from Apple Photos. I fear my Photo Library on my laptop will balloon very quickly if I start dumping all my RAW files in there. I'm not willing to rely on cloud only for my backups.
3. No presets in Photos at all.
I'm going to keep playing with Photos and see if I end up making it work. Right now I do all my RAWS in Lightroom then export JPEG versions and catalog those in Photos.
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Many thanks for your reply.

Since I have an iMac with 2TB, I never thought about the space the photo library eats up. But you are totally right - that is a real issue for MB Pro users who have a large image library.

For me, I can not get used to the cataloging features of Apple Photos. I like LR much more for cataloging and media asset management. But I give Apple Photos a try every year or two.
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Another major downfall to Photos I just discovered. When you edit a RAW file in photos you are actually editing a JPEG I’m guessing it generates. I found this because I started an edit in Photos on the iPad then went to change something on my Mac. It popped up a dialog saying the current edits were applied to a JPEG. It will copy your slider values over, but the image changed drastically when I switched to the RAW. This wasn’t the case of a stacked RAW+JPEG either. These photos are RAW only.