Lightroom CC: Add local data stores

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Please add local data stores to Lightroom CC (Cloud).  Here is why.



Here is a posting I made on the Lightroom Journal. 

To Tom
Hogarty.

Thank you for the opportunity to present myconcerns and ask a single question.

  • I think it is a big mistake to create the brand Lr Classic and I think it is deceitful of Adobe to call an incomplete product Lightroom CC.
  • The new Lightroom CC should have been released as a beta product. It is not fit for prime time. In effect Adobe are asking the Lightroom community to beta test this application as it travels from version 0.5 to 1, but unfortunately, Adobe want to charge us for the storage required to do so.
  • If Lr Classic is left to rot and the new Lightroom CC does not allow use of local digital assets then I will abandon Adobe and stop recommending Adobe products.
  • I will not be uploading my digital assets to an Adobe ecosystem ever and will walk away from Adobe completely if Adobe push me into that model.
  • I understand and have manged extremely large data assets for global enterprises and nothing Adobe have done or said so far gives me comfort Adobe are qualified to manage my data.
  • Because of the failings of the Lr import module and because of the disaster to try and re-engineer it (how embarrassing is that) I decided some time ago to create my own PreProcessor for Lr. This does a lot of validation of raw v jpg of my source files and allows me to select by file type and date range with simple clicks of intelligently generated option boxes. I am glad I have that work complete as I can now point the output of my app to Capture One when it suits me to do so (or when Adobe drive me to that decision).


My question.

Will a future version of Lr CC allow me to use my digital assets from a local drive or data store of my choosing.     ????????????



I hope the Lightroom CC project works and that the final solution caters for local digital assets. If it fails I already have my contingency options well covered. I am happy to be contacted regarding thisnote.

 
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Mathew, I agree with most of what you said, although I believe the new Lr CC was tested by a large contingent of beta testers. The push to the cloud is a big concern for me as well; I have zero confidence in Adobe to protect my data. I am also prepared to walk away if a faster Lr Classic (or equivalnent) is not developed and supported soon.

I am very interested in the tool you developed, and would like to know if you ever decide to share/sell it!

I subscribe to this list so I get an email for every post/reply made.  Based on the way my inbox has filled up in the last 24 hours, in appears neither Lr CC nor Lr Classic are ready for prime time.

Best, 
AE
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Thanks for the feedback.  I agree  that Lightroom CC Cloud (LrCCC) looks like it got decent beta testing, but while a big project to develop, it is missing so many features it cannot be called a full product, so from my perspective we will be the beta testers as the full feature set is rolled out.

My Lr Pre-Processor is quite sophisticated.  I do not want to bore people with all its features.  Some of the features include 

1. Checking that every raw has a jpg and every  jpg has a raw .... so I do not delete my jpgs and discover later I do not have a raw (or vica versa).
2. My app analyses the source input files and presents me with easy option boxes to include / exclude by file type and or date range. (So I can import raw or jpg only, or put images from different dates into different projects)
3. I cater for non Adobe files, so I can incorporate other files (pdfs, Ms Office )into my project folders.
4. I hash check every file copied.
5. I maintain a list of my projects, each with a unique project number.
6. At time of Ingestation I link my selection of files to a particular project, so they are automatically renamed and stored in a folder system organised by year and project, in chronological sequence.
7. I maintain a table of my cameras and serial numbers, so I get a summary (pre ingest) of the totals per camera. I also use this to recognise what are my images and what images I may be working on for some one else.
8. Each image is renamed with a unique number, but related raw, jpgs and xmp files maintain  congruent file names, so they stay together.

I could go on.  I list these to highlight how in-adequate the Lr Import module is.

I have been asked several times to make this available as a product.  I have declined so far, mainly because I recognise the level of support required to maintain such a product.

I half considered creating a Lr Plug-in Version as a Winter project, but glad now that I did not waste my time.

I intend to monitor developments with Lr Classic and Lr CCC and may modify my views on the current feature set of my app and the possibility of making this more generally available. Too early now to give any definite responses.  If you can send me a private email I will respond and will keep you in the loop.
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I don't think Adobe is "pushing people to the cloud", AS LONG as they keep LR Classic properly updated to work with future OSs, and add new features as they come along. The problem here is the confusing "branding", and beginners will go to LR CC instead of LR Classic, hate it, and quit. Lightroom CC, to me, seems targeted at Workgroups, not individual photographers, who should continue using LR Classic (which DOES seem faster now).

I went to a workshop last night on "Lightroom Mobile", which is now named Lightroom CC, as is their new desktop app, which no one (except Workgroups) should download and use. As an IT pro for 25 years, I can tell you from personal experience what a DISASTER Adobe's backend servers and services have always been! Every day at work I had to delete one user from our company account and re-add them in order to get them back to work!

With Lightroom CC you could have the shooter in City 1, the editor in City 2, and the Creative Director outputting files in City 3, all within hours of a shoot. If that's not you, just ignore it. BTW, when you download LR Classic, select Advanced Options and deselect "Remove old versions". Then you can use the older version if there is an issue with the new.
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I see the potential for multi user involvement and do hope this becomes workable for small teams, large offices, etc.  , but not where to use Lr I have to keep all of my assets in the cloud.  That is what would happen currently if Lr Classic becomes Lr Legacy. I am just flagging this as an issue ... and there is plenty of time right now to solve this issue.
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Nice work; that sounds very useful. I fully understand the challenge of maintaining it. You have made it fit your specific workflow, and others would always want changes. I'm not sure how if possible to send you a private message, so here is my email: aestaggeatoutlookdotcom.
Thanks much,
AE
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[I don't think Adobe is "pushing people to the cloud", ]

We do not know for sure... yet .... but by rebranding LR CC as LR Classic, I think the writing is on the wall. 

The key question is if Adobe will allow the new Lr CC work with local data stores by the time they push Lightroom Classic out to pasture (as they have done with Lr Perpetual). If Lr CC will only work with cloud based files then for me it is .........  Bye Bye Adobe (and not just Lr) .


I have directed this question to Tom Hogarty, both here and on the Lightroom Journal.  I am very eager to get an answer.   If I do not get a response I have to assume the worst. (and I know the answer may be flavoured with marketing mumbo jumbo to protect their competitive position).

Lets see what happens.
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Sorry Matthew, I don't see this invisible writing on the wall that you see. I am not a believer in conspiracy theories, and I believe that Adobe isn't dumb enough to lose 70% of their Lightroom user base by forcing everyone to use the cloud for all their assets. Anyone with experience with Adobe servers and backend authentication, like me who has supported creatives for 25 years, knows to stay away from relying on them for anything except a copy in the cloud so you can edit on your iPad/iPhone at the beach!
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I have seen Adobe make so many stupid mistakes, nothing surprises me any more. Also, Adobe do not understand the real meaning of workflow for their Lr customers.  Starting a new product just postpones real world usability for another generation.  If we look at the snails pace of the development of their initial mobile product, where you could not even flag your images, do we wait for another 5 generations of releases before CC Cloud gets to ver 1 status.  It is out of my control.... all I can do is watch from the sidelines.  I would like to see proof of Adobe's long term commitment to Lr Classic.  My personal nickname for Adobe is Adobe 80%.  They put a lot of effort in to an initial product and get to the 80% mark quickly.  They spend the next 10 years getting to the 90 % mark then start all over again. I am not a follower of conspiracy theories. Adobe. unfortunately,  have given us plenty of evidence of silly decisions and poor implementations.
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They make some bizarre decisions, but they know how to make money. I can't believe they'd intentionally kill that large a chunk of their profits! As to proof, time will tell.
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I just wish, with all their money, they would hire a few people who understand the real world of digital workflow and a few people to help them stop scoring own goals so often.
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For years now, I have supported Adobe and given them top marks für their products. Und fortunately publication of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic now show me that even a huge company like Adobe can completely f.... up. I would strongly advise the Adobe management to withdraw at least the unbearable Lightroom CC completely and only offer new software if and when it's acceptably stable. By the way: LR Classic can hardly be called a new version since I can't see any improvement regarding the tools- or the speed. Go back to square one, Adobe
 
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I know this will sound crazy - but some people already love the new Lightroom CC app. I get that you don't like it, but you can just ignore it.
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Except that it is obviously Adobe's 'favourite child' at the moment, and a lot of people are seriously concerned that it is blinding Adobe to what should be happening to desktop LR - even though we'll be having to keep paying so much yearly for it!
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New babies often do seem get all the attention for a bit. I understand the concerns though. I know it's not great reassurance, but there are separate teams working on Classic and the new baby CC, so although all the hype is around the new baby, the Classic team are still hard at work in the background.
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I actually like the Lightroom CC frontend. They should use that and replace the tiny buttons in the Classic frontend. But, I cannot use Lightroom CC cause it needs the cloud stuff.
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Just a note. I posted the opening comments on the Lr Journal .... but I noticed they are still awaiting moderation. 
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All of the moderators of that blog have been at Adobe Max this week, so there will be some delays, but they will catch up, I’m sure.
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For sure... I just spotted that my posting may not be visible to others and did not want to mislead anyone by my opening remarks. I tried to find an edit option to clarify this point  on the original posting, but the edit option had probably expired. 
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I couldn't agree more. Never ever I would upload my pictures in any cloud in general and in an Adobe cloud specificially as Adobe has proven multiple times to be challenged with IT security. If LR classic is left to rot I'll move on.
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Looking for ideas/feedback on how to move on - FB group, Former LR Users. Please help.
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Do adobe developers actually read this?
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