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P: I would like to synchronize over LAN/Cable instead of internet

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2014 May 30, 2014

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LR mobile sync is extremely slow. Giving me an option to sync locally would be excellent. And I'm sure very useful for professionals travelling in areas where internet is limited/non-existent or expensive and time consuming.Come on Adobe. If this is designed for professionals this slow sync and data usage issues on global data roaming....? It simply isn't practical. The product as is can't be recommended as is.(please also add keywords, ratings, labels to app functionality)Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Aug 22, 2019 Aug 22, 2019

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I second this. Please add the option to sync wired/WiFi for a) images + catalog and b) catalog only (such that images can be transferred into LR at home using SD card or direct import e.g from telephone)

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LEGEND ,
Sep 22, 2019 Sep 22, 2019

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The Mobile local sync technique you are discussing good but it's not the best way to use the technology. Because many times you might get faced Wii Error Code 51330 and it's really a problem for your device. The problem's solution is really so much time-consuming in nature.

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Engaged ,
Sep 27, 2019 Sep 27, 2019

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Just to add some water to the mill:

I've just returned from a week of shooting with about 60 Go of photos stored on my iPad. I had no or very limited access to internet, so syncing on the field was not an option.

Now the only way I have to transfer those images on my computer, is by letting my iPad sync, which despite a good connection is still a slow process. Firstly, 60 Go is a significant amount of data. Secondly, I have the feeling my bandwidth is not the bottleneck, but the servers.

Furthermore, those 60 Go have to be synced in 3 or more times. Getting a larger plan is not an option, because: 1) I would only use it a couple of times a year 2) there is no monthly option, only yearly 3) LR is already expensive enough like this 4) Getting a bigger plan would only help the syncing process, but not speed up the process and 5) would be wasted when connection is poor, which is frequently the case.

Lastly, I end up having to delete those images from the cloud, preventing me from keeping the 1:1 images I had. I have to re-sync smart previews back to my iPad. So we end up with two, slow and long, destructive process.

I hope Adobe will start to take customer's feedback into account 😉

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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any experience?

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Engaged ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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No update regarding this request despite iOS 13. And frankly, you can forget about it. It's not even under consideration. Adobe is focussing on the cloud; Classic is as good as dead, don't expect new big features, imho. You'll get some bug fixes and cosmetic improvements, but nothing more, I'm afraid.

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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For the users of iPad and computers Apple where AirDrop works:

A thing to be known if they load memory of photographs since a card on an iPad, these pictures are visible in application PHOTOGRAPH, then, if they do not have automate fact to import everything in LR, alone those that they will have wanted to treat, will have ètè transferred in LR and have to be synchronized via the Internet process defined by Adobe.

I have just tried since my iPad (PHOTOGRAPH application) towards my iMac. by using AirDrop, the raw raw was transferred in some seconds (15 pictures of 17.5 MB about, of course possible developments made in LR on my iPad are lost.

I know, it is a work-around, but this can help!



Yves Crausaz, Suisse, retraité actif dans le monde de la photo et des arts graphiques.

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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Well, loosing improvements or ratings is useless. For the pure backup purpose I could just use multiple cards...

Shame, Adobe is not solving this problem. Cloud is not an option for travel photography. Just trying to sync 3000 images (started 4 days ago). Just hope there is any other company to develop a reasonable solution for this problem.

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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I hope too. The first apply that will allow post-processing and RAW (DNG) export on IPAD will be immediately the big winner ! By By Adobe 😉

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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Even the pure rating process would be a major improvement...

On location / while travelling:
1) take pictures
2) load them on the iPad
3) rate pictures

Back home:
4) load images via WiFi or (even preferred!) via cable on my computer
5) import or sync rating info, possibly as exif files in ANY editing software

Totally agree, won‘t stick to Adobe if someone else eventually supports a mobile workflow.

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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PS: let‘s see what the upcoming ON1 Photo Sync will provide. Sounds promising already...
https://www.on1.com/products/photo-ra...

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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That’s looks great. I’ll be giving on1 a go for sure. Awesome!

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Explorer ,
Oct 28, 2019 Oct 28, 2019

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Heeeeey !!!!!

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Engaged ,
Oct 28, 2019 Oct 28, 2019

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"We put the photographer first, and this means customers have complete control over every aspect of their photography, including having a say in the products we develop. Photographers also control how they purchase ON1 software, where they store photos, their choice in capture devices, as well as their choice in cloud storage provider. Having total control over photographic and video editing style is also central to using ON1 products."

Haha, they know Adob's product all too well 😄 😄 😄
I'm looking forward to ginving it a try!!

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Hi all, first post, I've found these forums really helpful!

Long-time Lightroom Classic user, I'm new to the CC ecosystem and trying to find my workflow.
Is there a way to upload RAW files to my iPad Pro after a shoot, edit them and transfer the edited RAWS back into LR Classic when I get home without having to upload originals to the cloud and wait for them all to re-download into Classic?

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LEGEND ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Not with Adobe products, unfortunately.

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Participant ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Unfortunately, no - four years of requesting the feature, and it has somehow not made it onto an Adobe roadmap. Somehow, they apparently still seem to think that forcing customers to sync ever-growing raw files to their cloud service from wherever they are in the world is critical to Adobe's financial health.

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Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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I'm doing a similar thing with the following workaround:
when I shoot abroad I import the RAW files via cardreader to my iPad and do first viewing and editing (or even distributing of single edited pictures). All with LR synchronization disabled (or even having no internet connection abroad).
When I come home I copy the RAW files via cardreader to my PC and import them into Lightroom where I create a collection which I synchronize with LR (only the smart previews without edits get uploaded).
Then I enable the synchronization of my iPad and get virtual copies of all the pictures.
With the aid of the plugin Syncomatic (StackSync, Develop settings) I can synchronize them. So all the changes I made on the iPad are transferred to the locally stored RAWs.
Finally I can delete the copies imported from the iPad into my catalog.

This sounds very complex and not all straight forward. But if you have a shooting with many RAW files which would burst all your cloud limits this is the best way which works for me.

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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This is very interesting. I tried it immediately – and it works (at least for a few images)! For the first time since years this seems to be a good workaround. Thank you very much for sharing!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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in general the Adobe Cloud is THE KILLER FEATURE! I can add shots to a collection and EDIT IN BED! What, I ask, could be better than this, sitting at your desk for hours? Much faster than copying to a laptop and back (I used to do this everyday to bring stuff to my office! Painful!)

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Enthusiast ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Finalement, il ne manque dans LR qu'une commande permettant de ne pas engager la copie des originaux vers le Cloud si on procède selon le schéma de @Arnold Bartel car la création des copies virtuelles se fait dès le démarrage de la synchronisation sur l'iPad, ça permettrait d'éviter beaucoup de transfert de données via Internet.

Finally, an order allowing is missing in LR only not to hire the copy of the original towards Cloud if they go about things according to the schema of @Arnold Bartel because the creation of the virtual copies is made from the kickoff of synchronization on the iPad, this would allow to avoid a lot of data transfer via Internet.

Yves Crausaz, Suisse, retraité actif dans le monde de la photo et des arts graphiques.

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Explorer ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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This solution, as I I understand it, still requires the use of the cloud...As a professional, working with a lot of images,  I ask for a quick and easy solution. Again, the cloud sync is unimaginable because too long with a lot of pictures...

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Participant ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Another idea, how about having LR mobile do the same as classic optional, uploading the much smaller smart previews, when in an area with a bad connection. And sycn the full size when a good connection is available.

This way I could show and edit the photos already and have a much faster upload than pushing gigabytes of original raws into the cloud at once.

There could be a switch "upload only smart previews" directly in the  upper right cloud menu, or a "prioritize smart-preview upload" and only push the originals after that. It should also give some feedback like "uploading 222 smart previews, 423 fullsize photos pending".

But then the mobile device would have to render all that smartpreviews, that would take some processing power.

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Participant ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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I like the idea, and most iPads are certainly powerful enough to generate the required Smart Previews, but I think we're still looking at something that is at odds with how Adobe sees Lightroom in the long run. As phones gradually kill off professional photographers, Adobe wants to expand Lightroom beyond the pro (Lightroom Classic) market and compete with Google/Apple Photos (I don't see any reason why this would succeed, honestly), and those services all want to be where your master photos live.

The mobile product only kinda works with Classic if you do everything correctly and in the right order - witness how it handles metadata, etc - but only because it has to, or pros would find another tool. So, the mobile product is part of Lightroom (formerly CC) that plays as nice as it can with Classic, and New Lightroom has no use for Smart Previews beyond working with Classic. So, Adobe would either have to drop its insistence on syncing only via their cloud service, or decide that Smart Previews can be part of the non-Classic product to support this particular edge case. I don't see them doing either at this point.

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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In my case, all that is needed is for LR mobile to support airdrop since my desktop is an Apple iMacPro. In addition to limited to no internet on travel, I live in the country and the internet charges (not to mention the subpar bandwidth) make the current use of the cloud completely unreasonable. If Adobe would support a LAN transfer, then we could work in a mobile environment and then import the RAWs into LR Classic as we do now. There would be no need to finesse the interface between LR mobile & Classic.

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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"Edge case"? It's hard for me to believe that needing to work on a mobile platform and then efficiently importing into LR from the mobile device is an "edge case". For (I dare say) many of us, there is simply no need to force the Cloud into that workflow, and it is anything but efficient. Also hard for me to believe that Adobe is preparing to sacrifice its subscription-based revenue stream and chase us to another platform. I sure hope they wake up before this happens.

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