Lightroom roadmap

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Actually this is quite confusing. We need to use and learn to use 2 software.
We don't know if the old will be updated and if the new will catch missing feature.

On the one hand, we have an old software fully supplied with tons of feature but unable to sync in the cloud (1 TB of expensive useless cloud in fact)
On the other hand, if we want to use the cloud, we have a software designed to offer editing capability but no print, no export, no tag embedded, no drag and drop and so on. (It is obvious everything is done to stay in the adobe cloud ecosystem)

The gap between the 2 is colossal but we have to choose. And because none of the two responds to users requests it is very difficult.

Using the 2 software on the same computer is really not recommended.

To help me choose, is someone in the world knows a roadmap or a secret things on what going on in the near future?

Do I need to invest time and money discover lakes on CC? DO I need to continue using Classic? How to mitigate the best of the 2 words?

TY
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I can't speak for Adobe's unpublished roadmap, but what we do know:

Lightroom Classic's future is as a traditional folder-based desktop app. It won't get new sync functionality. 

Lightroom CC's future is as a cloud-connected ecosystem of apps. It's very new so its features are still limited at the moment, but it's growing fast. 

If you want cloud sync, you will want Lightroom CC, if not right now, then in the future, so you might as well start learning.

We are in a slight limbo at the moment, while CC catches up a bit. Hybrid workflows are not ideal at this point, but I'm working on some simpler documentation (the techie version is already in my Classic book).

Ask yourself which features specifically you still need Classic for, and also whether you need the full size originals in the cloud at the moment. That's your best bet at the moment.
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Great Great.

Thank again for the clarification. I really wonder if adobe listen to the Voice of Customer or hope you can relay.

I need to forget about Classic, sad because will miss smart collection, ability to filter photo with no tag or no location, face recognition, print etc. I hope it will be implemented un the future.

Because I need the cloud, I will stay with CC waiting for the unknown next improvement :)
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I personally don't find it confusing at all. I have thousands and thousands of digital images, most shot with digital cameras some from scanned negatives or prints from Years Ago.  I have no need and no desire to have all of them accessible from some Mobile device I am carrying around in my pocket.
So the tradition version of LR is the one for me and that will continue for the rest of my life (I'm nearing 70 years old).
Adobe might stop upgrading the tradition LR version as in all honesty what cane they add other than new camera support and bug fixes. That's fine with me.

To Edit my RAW image files. To catalog them into dated folders, add keywords and or place them into collections, to use the Filter par to sort and display the images I am currently working/looking for.
I certainly don't need a Cloud Centric version and to have all my images on some cloud server to do that.

Adobe came up with the Cloud base version to TAP into another revenue source.
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I can understand your need. 
Personnaly I find the cloud centric a good idea. It is just a pain not to be able to use all the feature (even so basic as print) we know in Classic.
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That is because it is Geared to a different clientele. IE people that mostly use mobile devices, sometimes a real computer but not often, and rarely Print anything let alone photographs. They may not even own a Printer.
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No. I do use a laptop and 2 mobile device. Cloud do not ask me do care about sync, backup or something else.
And now I want to spent less time using LR, I just need to catalog, edit metadata, share and print. But LR interface becomes really outdated and becomes to slow, really
I'm waiting a  LR CC 2.0 fully loaded
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Ask yourself which features specifically you still need Classic for, and also whether you need the full-size originals in the cloud at the moment. 

While this is true, ask yourself two questions. Are you ready to give Adobe all the info about your photos? How hard is to get your photos back (if you are not satisfied with the service)? 

A personal answer to the first question is NO, second HARD. How about sharing without uploading and writing content for each endpoint( social network, client, third-party APIs ...), it's virtually impossible with LR CC. 

My intent is not to be rude or to say against LR, rather point that what Adobe is doing with LR CC is just a response to growing Web and demands of the people. 
Have you ever wrote a plugin for LR Classic? No? It's a painfully confusing process, from SDK to implementation and error handling. That has been inherited from the early days and patched along the way while releasing new versions. The same thing with the LR CC, they built it to have it and now forcing people to use it without implementing much of the functionality that is needed (sharing for example, and opening API for further module development).Most of the people have no choice but to accept it if they want their photos to be synced with ease, if not, well, there are many options for Cloud drives, publish managers ...

I need to forget about Classic, sad because will miss smart collection, ability to filter photo with no tag or no location, face recognition, print etc. I hope it will be implemented in the future.

You don't NEED to do it, send me a message maybe I can help you work out the workflow :) 

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You are totally right. I want/need to use the cloud but already had a very bad experience using Revel. Lot of picture lost, no road map, missing feature, finally service was closed.
It 
For sure the cloud in adobe eye's is an eco-system to insure a perpetual income thanks to subscription. And to insure a perpetual income it will be very difficult to quit this eco-system. This maybe explains limitations we know in LR CC. (management, export drag and drop etc...). I can't believe all of this is some kind of coincidence but the result of complex brainstorming etc

Will contact you, I would like to know how to make my workflow more powerful and most of all able to quit this ecosystem as soon I will not be able to pay such an amount of money for such restriction or such speechless voice of customer
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In fact I don't know how to contact using this system
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"How hard is to get your photos back (if you are not satisfied with the service)? "

Easy, if you know that Adobe provide a free Downloader that dumps everything to your hard drive.

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Thanks, interesting. Did never heard about this.
Can't understand why I have so many application I will never ever install in the bloatware "adobe creative cloud" and this one is not listed. Maybe because it is free.

Anyway I hope I will not have to use it.
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In fact I don't know how to contact using this system
It seems you can not. https://woss.io is my site, pick a service which you have and send me a msg.  :)
Easy, if you know that Adobe provide a free Downloader that dumps everything to your hard drive.
Thanks for the info, I checked the features of the downloader. Although it downloads all the photos and changes to them on your HDD but seriously what's the point in downloading the whole library to a PC without the structure that you had before, like albums, collections, smart collections etc?

What we need is a Publish service that will be a bridge between closed Adobes ecosystem and the rest of the world :D