Lightroom: Support viewing and importing from Apple's Photo Stream into Lightroom

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I would love to be able to access my Photo Stream (http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/...) directly from within Adobe Lightroom.

I use Lightroom to edit and manage all of my photos--from my DSLR to my iPhone. Importing from my iPhone could be made extremely simple thanks to Photo Stream--all I need is a way to directly access it from within Lightroom, either directly from the left panel in Grid view or as a "Source" from the Import screen.

I have no idea if Apple allows third parties to have access to Photo Stream directly, via APIs, etc, but having this option available in Lightroom would save several steps when trying to get photos off of my iPhone.

Thanks for the consideration.
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Stephen Faust

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Your Photo Stream is set to bring your photos in from iCloud and put them in a specific folder on your computer if you have the iCloud client set up on your computer (PC and Mac).

It is a simple matter to set Lightroom to watch that folder and import the photos that are deposited there every time you launch Lightroom. I have been using this method on PC since iCloud was released and it works quite well.
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That's only true on a PC. There is no "iCloud client" for a Mac as there is on Windows. On a Mac, you need the latest version of iPhoto to be able to access Photo Stream, and if you don't have it you are out of luck (or you must pay to upgrade to the latest version, which I have no interest in doing--I'm already using Lightroom). Hence, the suggestion to be able to access Photo Stream from within Lightroom.
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That is a bummer, Stephen. I hadn't tested yet on Mac owing to the Lion upgrade I am loathe to apply as it breaks other things that currently work.

It looks like an export from Apple App to a watched folder is going to be your method-temporarily at least.

This thread will continue to be of use to the PC users in the crowd so I am going to leave my original post unedited.