Lightroom Classsic CC direct import from iCloud

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Why can't i import directly from iCloud to LR Classic CC?
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Liz Wharfe

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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iCloud is the cloud option from Apple, and so it is different from Adobe. Lightroom Classic needs the images to be locally available.
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Liz Wharfe

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I would have thought Adobe had the wherewithal to enable this function
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Adobe has created a whole ecosystem around the Creative Cloud, with apps for iPhone and iPad. There is absolutely no need to use Lightroom in combination with iCloud, so it makes sense to me that they didn't waste resources on that option.
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Liz Wharfe

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I currently store my photos in iCloud. I purchased Lightroom Classic CC to enable me to edit them. Does this make me an idiot?
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James Hess

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I don't believe it makes you an idiot. You just need to understand that in order to use Lightroom Classic CC your images need to be on a drive that is local to your computer. Images cannot be located on a cloud Drive. With Lightroom Classic CC it is possible to synchronize collections of smart previews with the cloud, but the master images must be accessible from a drive that is connected locally to the computer that is running Lightroom.
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I changed this topic from "Question" to "Idea" (feature request).
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Liz Wharfe

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Thank you.
I still think Adobe could make itself more compatible with iCloud. Or alternatively they could be more explicit with customers who are purchasing Lightroom.


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I just skimmed the Apple developer documentation, and it appears that Apple doesn't provide an API for third-party apps to access iCloud photos from the desktop. (Mobile apps can access iCloud photos directly.)  So Adobe would need to approach Apple and persuade them open up iCloud for third-party access.  I'm doubtful that either Apple or Adobe would be interested in that, given that Lightroom CC is a direct competitor to iCloud Photos. 

Note that Adobe has only a partial, unfinished API to access photos in its Creative Cloud and that API appears to be abandoned (no changes in a year, no support).  So Adobe would be asking Apple to open up its cloud photos when Adobe hasn't opened up its own cloud photos.
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James Hess

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Well, this is the right forum. Explain to the engineers what you think should happen, and how you think Lightroom Classic CC should be "more compatible" with iCloud.
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All your photos can be downloaded to your hard drive. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-d...
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Liz Wharfe

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Thanks
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Vote for this. Explain why: as a lazy user I set up iCloud backup because it syncs automatically withount any extra actions from my side. And I don't want to:
1) Run Lightroom CC on mobile just to syncronize
2) Buy extra CC cloud storage - my 10GB are obvious not sufficient. Even I will soon run out of 100 GB

Instead I want:
1) Purchase 200GB of iCloud storage, sync photos automatically
2) When I want to transfer photos to my Windows PC I want just run Lightroom classic or even sync automatically with some sort of service

It is only achivable through iCloud sync. But I agree tht Apple is too closed for that. Moreover, Adobe should not want me not to buy their storage.
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Good luck with this. Its probably never going to happen for numerous reasons.
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Another good argument I've seen to switch to a Lightroom alternate.  I've been a LR user since the beginning but I'm starting to falter.  Too much parochialism.  It's a shame.

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My.Lightroom 3.6 stopped working right after I returned from a trip with several hundred images to edit.  I downloaded 3.6 and reinstalled, but it didn’t work either. Before I replaced my 8-year-old laptop, I upgraded my iPad Pro’s operating system to get the Lightroom mobile app that’s included.  Once I learned the ins and outs of using the app, I wanted to export the photos from LR, but had no place to go with them except to iCloud, which is now too full to accommodate them.

I have read with interest this thread on the forum, and wonder what to do next.  I have replaced my 8-year-old laptop, but not yet set it up. Have decided that Lightroom Classic will meet my needs, and really would like to be able to retrieve my edited photos from Apple without buying more cloud storage.  We have free, unlimited cloud storage as Amazon Prime members...is there any way that will work, or will I just need to re-edit all 150 images when I get set up?

 Thanks!