Impressions of Lightroom Mobile and synching issues.

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I just returned from a 3 week vacation where I decided to leave the computer at home for a workflow that included an iPad with Lightroom mobile, both of which were fairly new to me (although I have used Lightroom desktop since version 1) .  It certainly was nice not to lug an extra bag.  Overall I shot 900+ photos on my D810 and transferred the RAW files to the iPad with a card reader.  During my stay LR mobile updated to v. 2.8 which was a nice addition.  Overall the experience was positive.  Like others, I think the ability to add keywords is an odd, and significant gap.  So too is the ability to clone/heal, particularly since the local adjustment brush was added in the latest version which must be more computationally taxing on the processor.  The option to complete these in Photoshop Fix and then bring an edited png file back into LR does not appeal to me.  Sadly, all of the positive aspects of LR mobile are dwarfed by the utterly ridiculous approach to syncing.

Firstly, the inability to pause syncing is just stupid, sorry.  I was staying with family who had a cellular based internet provider and had to keep turning off the WiFi when working in LR. Use of public WiFi is not much better as they seem to kick out users transferring lots of data, forcing one to keep logging in.  I would really like to know the rationale for why the option to control syncing was not included.

Secondly, now that I am home I am syncing all of those photos from the cloud to the desktop which is taking an extraordinarily long time.  This is extremely frustrating since my iPad is sitting on the desk.  What a ridiculously inefficient system.  I should have the option to connect my iPad to the desktop and do a complete transfer.  Again, I would really like to see the rationale for not including this functionality.

So although I enjoyed, for the most part, the iPad/LR mobile workflow, the issues with the syncing will make me question using it further.
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Also, since I am effectively doing a transfer from my iPad to my desktop and once completed do not want the photos on my iPad or in the cloud, what steps should I take?
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Larry Fasnacht

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Yes, yes, and yes. Also I wish there was a way to specify which photos got copied from the chip to the iPad to start with. Camera roll import isn't good for this. What I need is to be able to review the images full screen and select the good ones for importing.
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Yes, and that reminds me of another issue. When you attach the card reader, the the Camera roll import starts generating thumbnails for every image on the card, which is not the fastest process. I decided to leave all images in the card as a backup so every time I plugged it in, it began regenerating thumbnails from the start. This takes an extremely long time so I would just scroll down to the end and select all those for import that did not already have a check mark on them. So in this case, you dont even have the benefit of a thumbnail let alone a full size image!
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Larry Fasnacht

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Yeah. How about showing the most recent first? Too ba d Adobe isn't in charge of the import process.
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Mark Fleming

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Long known issue with the inability to pause syncing.  Adobe does not want to fix this, apparently, or they would have.  I've stopped using LR Mobile solely for this reason.
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This was my first reaction as well but I decided to give it a go. Shutting WiFi off while I was working in LR was annoying but workable. The time it did cause issues was when I posted to social media which I learned to do quickly before turning it back off. The synching issue to my home computer is the bigger issue for me. The inability to do this directly is truelly baffling. Even if it just synched the catalague and allowed me to move the raw files directly and then re-point to them would be an improvenent.
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Larry Fasnacht

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That's what I'm doing too.
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Mark Fleming

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"The inability to do this directly is truly baffling."  YES.