Photoshop CC 2015.1: Why was sync settings removed?

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Why sync settings in PS CC 2015.1 was removed?
I like this idea. Are technical problems with it?
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Sync Settings has been removed in Photoshop CC 2015.1. The existing service in Photoshop CC and CC 2014 will become unavailable in the near future.

I am really going to miss this. I use PS on two PCs, and often make UI changes that I want to have updated on both installs.
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Exactly.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PS 2015.1 - synchronize preferences vanished.

One of the main and most important features of PS CC for me was to synchronize my preferences (brushes, actions, shortcuts etc) with the cloud.
Now, with the latest update you just delete this feature.
I can't understand this.
I do not find any sentences about why.
For me this is Anti-Cloud!
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I'll have to ask about what replacement you have? It worked perfectly especially after a Preferences reset. By downloading my settings I would get my custom presets and even Preferences back saving the trouble of having to set them all up again.

It was a great feature and taken away without notice.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why can't I Sync Settings anymore in Photoshop 2015.1? Did it move somewhere myst....
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So not only did they HIDE or DELETE syncing with Photoshop and Illustrator, syncing does not work at all with Premiere and AE. I just get tons of errors. Does Adobe even test this stuff before they release new versions to the world? This is really bad business.

Thank god the recent update fixes the other 100 issues i was having though.
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I have an existing support ticket for CC 2015 sync settings because it wouldn't sync my brushes or tool presets. And most importantly I want to sync my workspace, as there is no other way to export/import these.The solution to this issue was to just remove it all together?! I was really looking forward to this working as I work from two computers. And there is ZERO documentation about this! What is going on?

edit: There is a cumbersome way of exporting and importing workspaces using Edit>Presets>Migrate Presets. I still don't understand scrapping a cloud service for a cloud product with "Cloud" in the name.
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So true. Creative Cloud, my ars.
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Todd

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Anybody have a WHY on this?
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Armin Staudt

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No, they just ignore us, as usual
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Perhaps programmers are too busy.(Which is quite likely.) In that case, should react at least someone from the PR department. :-)
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Jack Ellis

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Instead of wasting time putting in feature we don't need keep features we like. Seems programmers are having too much "fun" programming and don't consult users or don't even use the program (Who could blame them!)
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My only guess is that there were SO MANY BUGS when on OS X El Captian they just NEEDED to get the update out and plan on adding the syncing back in at a later date. ???
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Why was a working feature that a lot of people use removed? Why take a quick and easy process and replace it with more steps that require more time for those who use multiple workstations?

If you have something better in the works, please let us know. I don't need details that you can't discuss.... Just need to know that Adobe is working on a better solution than adding more steps and time to what was once a quick and easy process.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2015.1 and sync settings.

Where are the sync settings? From the last update, I miss the possibility to upload/download my settings in photoshop.
There is no panel in preferences, and miss the voice under menu "photoshop cc" labeled with my account.
I'm on a mac.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled WHY was Sync Settings Removed in CC 2015.1.

WHY was Sync Settings Removed in CC 2015.1

Sync Settings has been removed in Photoshop CC 2015.1. The existing service in Photoshop CC and CC 2014 will become unavailable in the near future. To migrate your presets/settings from an earlier version of Photoshop CC to this release, see Migrate settings. (New features summary: Photoshop CC 2015 release)

Why in the world would you remove this feature from Photoshop and other apps? Part of the point of having things in the cloud is that one could quickly and easily sync their workspace across multiple workstations e.g., home and office computers. Am I now supposed to do this manually? Why remove a feature that so many used to make their workflow more efficient, faster, and easier? Do you have something in the works to replace it or are we just supposed to take a big step backwards. I would like a real answer... NOT links to how to migrate on one computer nor would I like links to your articles and help pages that contain typos and other errors.
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Hi Everyone,

I'm very sorry to hear how frustrated and unhappy you are over the removal of Sync Settings. I agree it's a great feature that is very useful for some of you. I also regret that no one from Adobe has followed up on this thread. I am not directly involved in this feature, but I was able to learn a few things that influenced the change.
- usability: the feature was complex and difficult for many users
- roadmap changes: Adobe wants more of a focus on CC Libraries
- technical issues: the servers used for the feature are going away

The rest of the CC apps have a means of sharing settings across installations. Photoshop needs to have that too. Here is the last line of the Product Manager's post to the pre-release forum:

"Though Sync Settings will be removed from the next version of Photoshop, we plan to continue investigating a solution. It’s too early to tell when such a solution will ship, but we would love to hear your feedback about this area and what you would want in a future version."

I am trying to get his okay to post the full message, but above are the main points. I know it seems like Adobe is this huge company that certainly can implement a simple feature like sharing app preferences, but actually the software is very complex and there are many issues competing for the development team's attention.
For Ps CC 2015.1 it was simply not practical to provide Sync Settings while keeping the rest of the application strong.

Thank you so for your involvement and passion for Photoshop. It means a lot to me.

David

David Tristram
Photoshop UI Engineer
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Thank you, David. It is frustrating, but I appreciate your response and insight into the matter. Good to know that it's still being discussed. It was one of my favorite cloud features.
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Thank you for taking the time to respond... if this functionality were added to CC Libraries, I would be over the moon happy as I love CC Libraries.

This feature is most likely not of interest to the casual home user or the person who jumped in on PS due to the $9.99 monthly plan... BUT for the power user or individual who uses more than one workstation... this was super helpful. Although there are workarounds, the ease, simplicity, and speed made Sync Settings really useful. I truly hope the team will continue to investigate a replacement solution that takes advantage of the cloud/libraries and doesn't settle with taking a step backward.
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Thank you for the info! At least this is confirmation that it wasn't a mistake or hiding somewhere. Thats a pretty major thing to strip.
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Stephen Newport

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Really really confusing why they would strip a feature many power users use with no solution in place to replace it. Back to 2012-era clunky workspace exports.....

This one one of my favorite new features in recent history.
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Thank you for answering David.
I really would expect, if I can install PS on two computers, I also would be able to synchronize my workspaces.
I also would expect from a user, who is using PS, which is in my eye's a profi-tool it's not to complicated to use this little but important feature.
In my eye's it a big step back in usability and the cloud-idea.

Look at this thread, it's also an important issue Adobe never recognizes:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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I second the need for settings syncing for ALL apps to come back asap. This was one of the coolest and most useful features of Creative Cloud.

Based on what David said... I am not sure how it confused people. Seems pretty simple. It was designed well enough where you only had two options, upload or download.

Maybe its no longer a choice its just ALWAYS keeping things in sync, no matter what, kind of like dropbox, in theory. So there is no more choice of upload or download. Whatever you do is just synced.
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I was able to sync my Presets folder between my computers before CC 2015 and it looks like I'll need to once again.

I'm a big fan of the free file sync service called "BitTorrent Sync." No central server: it only runs on the computers you control, so you won't be depending on a 3rd party for service or control. And no data caps, since again, you're not depending on Apple or Google or Adobe, etc., for server space.
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It's just not Libraries, but also Preferences like Panel thumbnail sizes. I could restore my interface tweaks like Panel thumbnail sizes without having to set them all up again after a reset.
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Yes. Especially in the case of Photoshop forget this if it is not properly terminated! :-(

Sometimes I adjust settings Photoshop and then preemptively close Photoshop and I run it again. I want be sure that this setting remains.
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I really miss this feature, was really good for me sync settings between office and home.
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As a freelancer that works on many different computers (my own and other studios) this feature was absolute gold for keeping my workflow and time management efficient and speedy.

I do not pretend like this is easy stuff for the team, but I echo the sentiments of others: this is a really odd, huge step backwards to make when no solution is in place to replace it....
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Instead of trying to use external servers it would seem very simple to just have an option to sync the preferences, work spaces, actions, etc. to the CC Cloud Drive (maybe even inside of a hidden folder) and likewise when I sit down to use my other machine PS is on and hit sync it reads in any changes it sees on the Cloud drive that are newer then that machine has. Even better give me an option to "auto sync" all of those things to any cloud drive and any licensed copy of PS I am using. I just point to that cloud drive and it occasionally looks for changes and sync.s them.

If you really want to get crazy with it, provide a list of items that could be sync'ed with check boxes next to them to turn on or off different categories of syncing a given individual would prefer.

Libraries are fantastic, but please don't go backwards on other important cloud capabilities for a product that lives under the umbrella of "Creative Cloud".
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Excluding this feature, I fear that everyone will come back with CC2014 heaven
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Gener7

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The CC and CC 2014 sync servers are going away as per the official response.
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I, too, miss the sync services. I maintain two CC accounts because I often need three Macs to manage my workflow as a freelancer with mixed video, photo, and mobile work. What I'd love to see in the near future? Change/augment the CC account to allow up to 5 seats, rather than 2. Many software companies are going to this. For many small businesses/free lancers who are sole proprietors with a part time assistant, we often end up with a couple desktops and a laptop or two for working with clients, etc. Then, since the CC app can identify hardware installations, couldn't it also store the settings and presets along with things like brushes and textures as assets? That way, we could easily 'sync' or 'individualize' each seat as needed. This would be the way to 'sync' using a cloud-based platform as opposed to the previous node-based sync methodology which is problematic and has, with the advent of cloud services, been done away with by most modern vendors and replaced with a cloud based service.
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These are horrible news, another feature which was really handful taken away... if you work on several computers, which many people do, this really makes the life much easier..: What could be the problem having this feature still available for Adobe? Resources?? I don ́t need cloud storage for photos as much as this feature.

I hope Adobe comes up with some alternative way how to do it, not just taking things away...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled why did you remove the setting and asset synch?! that was real important to me!!!....

I just dont get how removing this feature is a step foreward this was really one of the best addition IMHO.