Lightroom: Will the new API support more than upload?

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Last week, the new Lightroom API finally went live: 

But it only supports limited inquires of accounts and catalogs and uploading of new photos. Will there be full functionality (of the sort used by Lightroom Web) coming? 

The /catalogs/mine call returns lots of links for accessing the albums and assets of the catalog, but trying to invoke any of them returns:

    "code": 4300,
    "description": "Access is forbidden"

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Posted 8 months ago

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Yes, we will be building on the supported API access in a slow and deliberate way, aligned with partner opportunities to enhance the ecosystem.
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One opportunity for enhancing the ecosystem is to allow plugin developers to provide significantly enhanced syncing between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom. Adobe announced two years ago that it had ceased enhancing the sync, even though sync improvements constitute by far the most popular category of feature requests in the Lightroom Classic feedback forum:

Syncing smart collections:

Syncing keywords, including hierarchical keywords in LR Classic:

Sync full raws instead of smart previews:

Syncing multiple catalogs:

Syncing LR Classic folders:

Syncing collection sets:

Other requested improvements include syncing vjdeo and finer control over what's synced. 

Exposing the full API would allow this functionality and enhance the ecosystem by bringing in more advanced Lightroom Classic users. Adobe has always insisted that Classic is not a legacy or end-of-life product, so allowing plugin developers to enhance sync with Lightroom would be a clear demonstration of that.