Lightroom Classic & Ecosystem: Better support for comments and likes, in ALL publish services

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Now that Adobe is committing to LR Mobile, it would be great if LR had better support for comments and likes:

- Ability to filter and search in smart collections for comments and likes. The Sort: Last Comment Time is helpful but not sufficient -- it only works with collections synced with LR Cloud, and you can only sort one collection at time (huh??).

- The same support for other publish services like Flickr that also sync user comments. Why did Adobe implement Last Comment Time and comment notifications just for LR Mobile? The underlying structure is already there to implement it for the other services as well. These other services have a diversity of features that many users find valuable and that are unlikely to ever appear in LR Mobile, so asking them to switch to LR Mobile just to get the trivial ability to sort by comment time is frustrating.

- SDK access to the comments and likes, so that plugins can manipulate that metadata just like they have the ability to manipulate other metadata. Just providing SDK access would let plugin developers provide the other functionality.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Likes & Comments in Lightroom CC.

I've been using Lightroom classic to create web galleries for clients to view by syncing collections. This has worked great. Likes and comments show up as little yellow labels in Lightroom Classic for desktop. My problem is I cant see these in Lightroom CC desktop when viewing the galleries nor can I see when comments have been made in Lightroom mobile as the app has been updated to Lightroom CC and there doesn't appear to be a way to see this. On lightroom web I used to be able to see when likes and comments had been made in thumbnail view using a keystroke but this seems to have disappeared also.

Am I right that this feature has been removed and is it coming back ?

Jonathan
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Lightroom CC has never supported Likes and Comments. It is a common feature request however. The team is currently looking at improving the behavior regarding likes and comments in future updates. 
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Agreed that LRCC for Desktop doesn't support Comments and Likes, but they should still be visible in the LRCC web app when browsing through the images with the Activity panel open. LRCC for iOS is probably the best app to use, as one of the info overlays (two-finger tap in grid view) will display Comments and Likes icons on the thumbnails, and the individual comments can be viewed using the Activity loupe view.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Filter by "heart" in lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC in synced collection.

I suggest to add the filter by "heart" status.
When you share a collection another user can put a like using the "heart" icon.

Now it seems not possible to filter only by "heart" (not by comment) so I suggest an easy way to have a selection of the "hearted" photos: introduce a filter by "heart" satus: Pressed or not.

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Filter by heart status (in Albums, All Photos... everywhere!) would be great!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Implement "sort by comments and favorites made in web gallery" functio....

I recently sent the web gallery from one of my lightroom albums directly to a client (around 500 photos). The client then marked the photos which they wanted to see edited as favorite (via the small heart button in the corner). Back in Lightroom I saw which photos had a comment or were marked favorite (genius!), but there was no way to filter those images. So I had to go through all 500 pictures, looking for the ones that got a comment and hope i did not miss one.

I am sure this would be super easy to implement because it is only really a sort function, and it would complement this great feature of easy album sharing and make it more interesting for businesses who need to save time.
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That's my workflow as well. This needs to be done. Fast. I'm paying every month, and been paying for years.
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I do the same. It's very dull and mind numbing, but seems to be the only way at the moment. 
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The Any Comment plugin makes comments and likes searchable within LR. It's not nearly as convenient as if the feature were built-in, but it's much better than nothing.
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I saw your previous comments many times John :) Unfortunately unless I'm mistaken plugins are not supported by Lightroom CC. They only work with Lightroom Classic.
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Oh, sorry, I didn't realize the feature request had been re-tagged to include Lightroom as well as Lightroom Classic (the name "Lightroom CC" is no longer used by Adobe).  You are of course correct, Lightroom does not support plugins.
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See the Any Comment plugin for the ability to filter and search by comments and likes (favorites), across all publishing services (not just LR CC) and across multiple collections.  Unfortunately, it's not nearly as convenient as having that functionality built-in to LR.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled wtf?.

Why do you make a product that allows clients to favorite photos but doesn't allow the photographer to filter by favourite?

Image in you have 2,000 photos from a 5 day, 200 person event, and your client used the favorite feature to pick their faves but now you can't filter by faves?

Yeah... thanks Adobe.
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Exactly. Why allowing clients to favorite photos when there's no way to filter just those photos? Adobe takes our money but does nothing to put those resources to good use. This is bizarre.
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I'm surprised we even need to be asking for this!!!

The best workaround I have is to sort by most recent comments, which you can do and this at least gets them next to each other including the 'hearted' ones.  Then I add a colour attribute to the image which you can then filter by.

But this feature has so much potential, c'mon Adobe!!!
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Philip,
Thank you so much for your reply. Really. I just poked around LR desktop (mac) and web and cannot find any way to even filter by comments.
Are you sure such a feature exists? If so, where?
Much thanks,
- Alexander
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Hi Alexander!
Nope you can't filter by comment. But you can 'sort' by comment.
If you sort by 'last comment time' they will all be next to each other, then you can easily select them all and assign a colour label which you can then sort by. For example I use yellow for all photos that have a comment or like. I've attached an image too. One thing worth noting is that if you remove them from the collection they lose thier comments.
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"But you can 'sort' by comment."

Note that you can only sort by Last Comment Time if you have exactly one synced collection selected.  If you select more than one synced collection, or non-synced collections or folders, then bizarrely, LR won't show Last Comment Time as an option.

If you only have a couple of synced collections, then sorting by Last Comment Time is a reasonable workaround. But if you have lots of synced collections and lots of likes/favorites and comments, you might consider the Any Comment plugin.
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What's adding to the annoyance of this bad, bad, BAD user experience is that you have to wait FIVE seconds for the yellow "new" comment added highlight to dismiss. So when you go through dozens and hundreds and thousands of liked photos just to get them marked as not-new it takes tens to hours of extra time and fking makes you mad.

Adobe likes to brag about their quarterly profits but I'd like them listening to us.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Ability to see likes and comments.

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ADOBE PLEASE DO SOMETHING
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Really wish this feature would be implemented soon. I'm a big fan of Lightroom but at the moment the proofing process with my clients is painful and looks quite amateur. 

In my current use of Lightroom it's the only feature I sincerely regret is missing.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Ability to filter, sort, and isolate images based on 'likes', ....

When syncing your Lightroom catalog please add a feature in the library module as well as in the mobile version of Lightroom (at least Tablets) to be able to view, sort, and filter photos that have been favorited using the heart button on the online public gallery. Also, expanded options for sorting by comments across all Lightroom desktop and mobile software would also be important. It will be especially appreciated if, beyond the above, the photographer can also view, isolate, filter, or sort images that have been favorited or commented on by one specific user. Example: Client's friends and family view the shared gallery and favorite and comment on photos inside that gallery. I want to be able to filter, sort and view only images that have likes on them or comments. Additionally, if the client has favorited 100 photos for her album choices I would like to be able to filter out every other user's favorites so that I may easily see, isolate, filter, and sort only that images my client wants for their album.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please allow user to view activity from shared albums in the desktop app.

To use the share function effectively we would need the capability to see likes and comments in the desktop app. When showing clients albums, they can comment and like but we can only see this on lightroom mobile.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Shared Gallery Notifications Not Working.

When anyone comments on or favorites photos in my shared galleries, I receive notifications on my iPhone and iPad, but when I tap on the notifications to view the the comments or favorited photos, Lightroom opens, but it doesn't take me to where I can view the feedback, and I don't know how to manually navigate to see them.
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This feature would be very neat and practical !
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The Ecosystem received an update today including better support for Likes and Comments. Please see https://theblog.adobe.com/june-photography-releases/ for details!
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Perhaps I'm missing something, but I think the improvements to shared albums are for Lightroom Cloud, not Lightroom Classic?
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Hence my use of the word Ecosystem ;-) 

This feature request was made for both Classic and the Ecosystem. The support added was for Lightroom Desktop/Mobile. 
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Ah, I guess the original request has changed its meaning over the years. When I first submitted it six years ago, it was solely about providing more features in what is now called LR Classic.