Lightroom Classic: Ability to sync Smart Collections with (Lightroom CC / Mobile /

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Collection synching / Lightroom Mobile is a great addition to Lightroom 5.4. Please extend this functionality to Smart Collections as well.
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Geoffrey Roth

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Melle Broeksma

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled smart collections sync.

Please make a way to sync smart collections between devices. Even Apple has a robust way to sync smart albums (or smart playlists in iTuns for that matter). It's the only feature holding me back from taking an iPad with me while traveling instead of my heavy Macbook Pro.
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I haven't read the complete thread but if you aren't aware a smart collection is really a Filter that does not change and can't be turned off unless it is deleted. It really isn't a collection in the same way as normal collections.
So IMHO this will never happen. You can use a smart collection to Filter your catalog and then copy those filtered images into a standard collection and sync that with the mobile/web system.
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Why wouldn't it happen? Absolutey zero reasons why this is not possible. And having a static filter is exactly the power of such a feature and why it is desperately needed. It is very time consuming and inefficient to keep having to do manual filtering, and if you have to manually move images, it means your collections/albums are continuously out of sync and prone to human memory errors. 

I hope to see this feature in the December update. We waited long enough and it is the most requested feature by far for Lightroom CC.
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It won't happen. Adobe has said the Lightroom Classic won't get any new sync features, and if you had read the whole thread, you would have understood that it's not that easy at all either. Smart albums may some day be introduced, of course, but they won't sync with smart collections in Lr Classic.

Maybe this is a solution:
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Two plugins sync LR Classic smart collections with LR CC: Any Source and Smart-Collection Sync.
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"Why wouldn't it happen?"

According to Victoria Bampton (Lightroom Queen), who is well-connected with Adobe, Adobe has decided that "no new cloud features will be added to Lightroom Classic". 

This topic is indeed the single most popular of all the feature requests here.  As the two previously mentioned plugins demonstrate, it's not hard to provide syncing of smart collections.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 2019 wishlist for LRCC.

My list is short:
Smart Collections!
What would you like to see in 2019?
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for me it would be a great advantage to have a synchronization since most of my collection are "smart" due to locations, dates, tags, ...
and why can a company like Adobe not solve what a plugin can?
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I totally agree. What kind of lazy ass reason do they have for not making smart collections syncable?
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Tormod Fauskrud

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Yes plaece syncing Smart Collections would be a usefull possibillity.
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Up! Adobe, this is the most requested feature and it’s not even « under consideration ». 
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Markus Wiegand

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sync smart collections.

I would like to sync not only collections but smart collections or just a bunch of marked pictures
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I just thought:

Hey I can have a smart collection to view all the new photos from a photo shoot on a tablet as they come in (LR Classic gets live jpgs via WiFi ).

And now its a "no, its not going to work" :(