Lightroom CC: Ability to create virtual copies

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For better editing and comparison I think a "create a virtual copy" option would be very nice.
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Martin Dörsch

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Merlin Sutter

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Absolutely blows my mind that this still doesn’t exist. This single missing feature makes it absolutely impossible for any professional (or indeed just any) photographer to use iPad as a main device. With iPadOS inbound, the sole (!!) reason iPad will still not be a viable main device for photographers is the fact that Adobe refuses to implement the ridiculously basic feature of copying an image. Every single photo editing app on pretty much any device, including mobile, supports this. It doesn’t have to be a virtual copy. Just a copy, so that you can make two different edits. I’ve never even heard of a workflow that doesn’t involve variations; I cannot fathom how nobody at Adobe has ever tried using iPad for serious editing and noticed the need for this simple fix. Worse, they appear to be actively blocking work-arounds, with the idiotic ‘feature’ of disallowing duplicate imports from the (functioning) Apple Photos cloud. It certainly can’t be difficult to implement — at least it wasn’t for every other photo app developer out there. Unless of course there’s some exotic issue with Adobe’s inferior (yet only available) cloud syncing solution. So unless I am missing something big here, there is absolutely no justifiable rationale for not having this in place by July with the public beta of iOS 13 / iPadOS.
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Merlin Sutter

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I just realised something worth pointing out separately to Adobe: NORMAL COPIES will do just fine. I realise virtual copies have been removed from desktop as well in the cc version; fair enough. But we absolutely need the option to create a simple copy of an image for multiple edits.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ability to create copy (DOESN’T HAVE TO BE VIRTUAL) in Lightroom on iPad & iOS.

Every half-serious photographer needs the ability to create multiple edits of a photo. The sole (!) reason iPad is not yet viable as a fully usable device for photographers is that Lightroom does not allow the creation of copies, and in fact actively blocks work-arounds by not allowing duplicate imports. This is crazy — it is such a basic feature of any app, much less one aimed at professionals, and every single other photo editing app (!!) supports creating copies. I lug a laptop around the world because Adobe seems to have never attempted to use an iPad in any serious way. There is a separate discussion going on about virtual copies — at first I thought Adobe is just ignoring the feedback for years, but I now realise that perhaps they are unable to implement virtual copies — after all, they’ve removed them from Lightroom CC on desktop. Fair enough, the good news is that all we really need is a basic copy feature — PLEASE. With iPadOS and iOS 13 around the corner there is no justifiable rationale for this omission. I can only suspect that CC’s cloud solution can’t deal with copies, which wouldn’t surprise anyone, but which by no means is an excuse for selling a ‘professional’ app to people when it does not support any remotely professional workflow. PLEASE fix this, Adobe, and please fix it quick. It’s such a simple change.
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Me too. I NEED virtual copies on Lightroom Mobile. Otherwise it's pretty useless on my new iPad Pro.
Adobe: P L E A S E !