Lightroom: Sync using other cloud providers such as iCloud

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Add syncing between desktops. I upload my photos to my desktop but typically edit my photos on my surface pro. There is no easy way to move my photos over using the classic Lightroom, as the new lightroom doesnt have tone curves or splitone options.
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Mats Skoglund

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I totally agree. I would also like to have the possiblity to sync and work between all platforms, iPad, iPhone, LR Classic on Mac and Windows and eventually the file stored on my NAS *not* on Adobe Cloud.
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Just to set expectations, I think it's unlikely they'll use another cloud to sync, because a lot of their new AI tech is done in their cloud. That said, local network sync might be a viable request for the future.

Tone Curve and Split Tone are proving very popular requests, and since they're already in the mobile apps, I'd be surprised if we had to wait too long for those.

In the meantime, did you know you can sync smart previews to the cloud from Classic, so you can edit them in LRCC on your surface pro? They're not original size, but perfectly big enough for editing. You can either drag them to the All Synced Photos collection in Classic's Catalog panel, or add them to a collection and set the collection to sync. I'm working on a couple of blog posts to pad it out in more detail, so keep an eye on my Lightroom Queen blog over the next couple of weeks.
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Thank you for the response, and I have read a few of your blog posts before, keep up the great work.
I would never expect to have my entire library of thousands of photos to be saved in the cloud. I guess I just don't understand why it would be so difficult to have collections synced with LR mobile be available on my surface pro, for example. Basically the way the new Lightroomcc does it.
The new Lightroom CC seems much better optimized for computers like my surface, adding split toning and tone curve would equally silent my gripes.
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> I just don't understand why it would be so difficult to have collections synced with LR mobile be available on my surface pro

You can - it's just not quite so easy to sync up as original (that'll be a blog post job!), but smart previews sync really easily from Classic to LRCC on your Surface Pro.
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Tone curves and split toning have just been added to the new 1.1 release! 

Check it out:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/using/whats-new.html#
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I don't fully see the necessity of storing images on Adobe's cloud to benefit from AI. It should suffice for Adobe to have access to the images (or previews), e.g. giving them access to some other cloud storage where the images are stored so they can do their I processing.

I am currently using Azure as backup for my images and I have used AWS Glacier. If I would give Adobe access to these storages they could very well use their AI on it for keywording etc. They could even use AWS directly (https://aws.amazon.com/rekognition/), perhaps they already do(?).

If I should use Adobe cloud for image storage they must price it accordingly to what others are charing for file handling. I think AWS Glacier would cost $4,5/month for 1TB (then some additional charges for transfer etc.). Another take on it is that since Adobe wants to run AI on my images and use the knowledge they learn to make money then perhaps *I* should get payed by Adobe or letting them use my images instead of me having to pay them! 

In addition to pricing I would want the possibility to access all my files for use in other software without first download it using some Adobe software. It should behave more like a Dropbox or Google drive account when it comes to file handling.

I am not aggressively against storing my files in the cloud as some people are. I am very willing to do it if I can keep control over my files and if I can trust the security and safety of the storage provider.
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That’s interesting background, thanks Mats.

Colton, if you’re happy, I’ll switch the feature request to use any online storage provider.
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I have already a cloud account OneDrive with 1TB.
I agree that the future is cloud based but It is not logical to have a dispersion of my files.