Lightroom Web: Allow full resolution downloads of edited photos ("latest version")

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Currently, Lightroom web offers two download options: original file (at full original resolution) or "latest version" which contains all the edits you've made through the web app. However, the latest version is highly compressed and resolution is reduced.

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While the web app is still delightful and handy, limitations like this are a roadblock for anybody (like myself) who is looking for an all-in-one photo storage + editing service.

The editing tools in Lightroom surpass those of Google Photos, but Google Photos allows me to download full resolution edits (which I think is critical to anybody who is willing to spend the time polishing and uplifting their photos).

I know that many people are only going to tweak photos using filters and then upload them to social media, so full resolution edits are not required for them, but some users (like myself) are looking for a permanent home in the cloud for their personal photos, and require full resolution edits so that polished photos can be printed and framed.

I'd even be willing to pay for this as a service upgrade! However, $20/month for the desktop versions of Photoshop or Lightroom is excessive. I won't use the majority of tools included and I still need to pay for storage in addition to this.
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Stanley-Carl du-Pont

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The Photography Plan includes Lr CC and Ps CC for just under $10/month: http://www.adobe.com/africa/creativecloud/photography.html

By taking up this subscription, you get full access to the Desktop, Web and Mobile versions along with a number of integrated apps and services.

Or, have I missed the point of your comment?
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You make a fair point, but I think the key difference here is demographic: professionals vs enthusiasts (or enhancing vs composing). The Lightroom desktop app is outdated (in my opinion - hopefully Adobe is working on its successor), and doesn't offer the right suite of tools for the right price. Enthusiasts want access to user-friendly controls that toggle color, light, filters/effects, etc, and basic editing tools.

Also, there is the question of storage and integration. Creative Suite storage can't be upgraded alone (as far as I know). You need to upgrade your plan in order to increase storage. And storage is capped at 20 GB. So the majority of what you're paying for is the software (which is more software than you will use). For free (or much less than Creative Suite), you could switch to Google Photos and get many times more storage (which isn't limited to just photos) - and you still have access to enough color/light controls and filters to justify the price (or lack thereof).

Low resolutions and limited storage removes Lightroom as a serious contender for enthusiasts.
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Another desktop app? Let's hope it has a cloud counterpart. I feel like this is what Adobe needs to appeal to consumers and enthusiasts.
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A tip on storage: upload your images via Lr Mobile.

That way you can store RAW/original file sizes in the cloud and that does not count against your plan storage.

With some luck....that won't change in the future.
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(I believe...) Lightroom Mobile uses the same storage as Lightroom Web, which is not the same as Creative Cloud storage. Lightroom Mobile/Web storage is free and capped at 10 GB with no upgrade option.
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Stanley-Carl du-Pont

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Rather debate this, give it a try. I have over 120k images in the cloud and there is hardly a dent in my storage.
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They use separate storage. Unless things have changed, there is no limit on Mobile/Web storage.
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A couple weeks ago customer support told me 10 GB was the limit. I haven't validated to see if I was misinformed. Unlimited storage would certainly make Lightroom look more attractive, but doesn't change the primary focus of the convo (low/degraded image resolution).
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Customer support were wrong. I'm not sure if there is now a limit, but if there is, it's huge.