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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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