Lightroom: Ability to mark folder for syncing

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If I am not mistaken the only way to sync a folder to LrM is to create a collection, add all the photos of a folder to this collection and mark this collection to be synced to LrM.

I assume this has technical or conceptual reasons and I do not want to question that. But I still want to suggest to make the life of us users more simple.

Allow marking a folder for syncing. In the background, hidden from the user, LrD could create a collection automatically and add all the photos to it (updating it if the photos in the folder change, as this is the annoying part of the current solution!).

This more or less requires a feature in LrM I think would be a necessity anyways: nested collections as suggested from my side. This would allow to have the folder structure intact too in LrM.
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You can also drag photos directly to the All Synced Photos collection in the Catalog panel, so no need to create a collection.
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You can drag a folder into the collections panel. That will create a collection from it, so the only thing you still have to do is mark it for synching.

Synching a folder with automatic updating when the folder contents changes would create a problem: what do you do when a synched image in such a folder is deleted from the collection in Lightroom Mobile? Delete it from disk in Lightroom Desktop?... If you don't do that, the folder would not be in synch anymore, but if you did do that it would spell disaster. People would lose photos because they don't realize that you can delete a photo from the disk of your desktop computer by deleting it from Lightroom Mobile...
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Both of you are right that creating a collection from a folder is easier than I described. Sorry for that.

However, the main point was to get the same/very similar user experience in LrM as in LrD. I see your point, but I would not see this as a no-go-problem.

Such folder (although in the background they are automatically created and updated collections) could be visually separated within LrM as in LrD, where folders and collections are two categories in the left side panel. So, users should be aware of the differences. When you delete an image in LrD you will be asked if you want to delete it from disk or just form Lr library. This dialog could also come up in LrM.

Implemented consequently this would also make the workflow the other way round more easy. Right now when importing photos from camera to iPad and then to LrM and then to LrD, the photos are stored in the "sync folder" you can specify in the settings. If you organize your photos also by folders then there are some manual steps involved, which could be avoided. After syncing to LrD you have to create the real folder you want the photos to be and move the photos to it. If you created a collection in LrM for this you may have to delete the collection too, if you do not need it any more.

If LrM would let me create "folders" thiese steps would be done automatically.

I am well aware that this feature/idea is not the killer feature and there are many things much more important to implement. But maybe sometime there is room for this to think about it.
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What you're asking for is not new, because basically it is the same as a synched smart collection. Many people have asked for that (and I think it makes more sense than synching a folder). There is a plugin that can do this by using a work around. It's called 'Any Source' (http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/anysource.htm). It will work one way only, though. If you delete an image in LrM, it will probably simply come back with the next sync.