Using two computers to edit my uploaded Collection images using plugins like Nik Collection. (Tired of sitting at my desk!)

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I'm using the Nik Collection more and more, not only for HDR Efex Pro 2, but Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.

Question: Can I use the Nik Collection plugins on my uploaded Collections on a second computer (a laptop)? In other words, can I use the images in the cloud, on a second computer, to do "Edit In" or "Export to HDR Efex Pro 2", (WITHOUT being connected to my home RAID). I tried using Lightroom CC (Desktop), but only Classic allows you to use plugins. Should I copy/paste the classic catalog back and forth to my laptop (Ugh!), then share the volume the images are on (but that would still limit me to working at home).

Or should I just say "Sync with this computer" (the laptop) even though that will turn syncing off with my desktop Mac, then when I'm done editing on the laptop change the preference back to sync with the desktop Mac? Will that allow me to hit "Edit In" and mean it?
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Also, why doesn't the Stacking function show up in your Collections? You have to re-stack them there, when you had already stacked them after import: very annoying!
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Stacks are local. If you stack images in one collection (or in a folder), then that stack does not apply to another collection.
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Q2 - Stacking is only supported within a single physical folder in Classic, not in collections.  Way it's designed.

Q1 - Forget the Cloudy apps in regard to the use of plugin's such as Nik Collection. 

Get portable External Hard drive and put all your Images and the folder containing your LR Classic catalog on that drive.  Install LR Classic and Nik Collection on desktop and laptop machines.  Your LR subscription for Classic permits two installs but you'll have to check with NiK to see if they allow this with only one license.  

If on Windows, set both computers to use the same drive letter for the external hard drive.

Now just plug that drive into whichever computer you want to use and you're good to go.

*  Minor performance hit by having catalog on external drive rather then internal drive
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You can stack in collections too. You cannot stack in smart collections, but you can in normal collections.
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Thanks Dan! I was hoping someone knew how to use the shots already in the cloud with plugins, to avoid the “drive shuttle” thing! After reading your reply I realized that 1) I don’t have to put all 1.25TB of images on a drive, just the 2019 shots I’m working on, and 2) I don’t want to use a slow drive at my desk. My images are on an Areca RAID with 12Mbit/sec SAS drives (twice the SATA speeds), going in Thunderbolt 3 to the 64GB i9 iMac (not SSDs, but can’t be matched for the price).

This requires copying the catalog back and forth, which I was trying to avoid! It won’t work having the catalog on a network drive! I wonder if a got a fast SSD with USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3 if I could just keep the catalog on it and use it from there, just moving the drive over? That shouldn’t be too much slower than my boot 1TB SSD, should it?
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PS-you actually CAN stack shots in Collections! I didn’t know that either until I tried it yesterday.
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Victoria, any suggestions?
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Do you have Photoshop on the laptop? One option would be to Edit in Photoshop from Cloudy and then use Nik within Photoshop.

Or you could "Save To" original format from Cloudy and open the raw files directly into your Nik software, saving the resulting photo to a folder and adding to Cloudy when you're done.

Of course all of this assumes that the originals are in the cloud, rather than just the smart previews that Classic uploads.


The alternative option would be to put your Classic catalog and images into the cloud via something like Dropbox, so you can open your Classic catalog on either device. Again, it doesn't help with files being on a RAID though.
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Yes, I have P'shop on the laptop, and that's a great idea. What I don't know is: how do I get the originals in the cloud? I've always just created a Collection, but as you said that's just the Smart Previews. Do I have to use LR CC (Desktop) for that?

I wouldn't want everything, just the select 2019 folders I'm working on.-Thanks!
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You will have to use Lightroom desktop for that, or Lightroom web.
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Thanks Johan, but please explain: how exactly do I do this on existing images already in my Classic catalog? Or can it only be done on new images, using LR Desktop to import?
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No, it can be done with existing images as well. Just import them again in Lightroom desktop. Lightroom should be clever enough to detect that this image was already uploaded as smart preview, and replace that smart preview.
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As long as the originals are only on that RAID, it is obvious that you cannot work on them on another computer that has no access to that RAID. You can only work with images from the cloud if you are willing to work with smart preview size images, or if you copy those originals you want to work with to the cloud.