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Lightroom Ecosystem: Selective Sync

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Engaged ,
Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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I'm not a professional and have only used Lightroom for less than a year. I do love the redesign and I want to use it but I don't like the auto-sync. How hard would it be to implement an option that prevents auto sync and instead enables manual sync? 

My idea is to add a manual sync option in the settings and when you want a photo to be uploaded to the cloud you should be able to click on the cloud button and hit "Sync" or "Upload". Taking away people's ability to choose doesn't just scare away the pros but also the beginners. 
Also, some advanced features from the original Lightroom need to be added. One of them is the export function. The new export function is terrible. I only see "Small, Full Size, and Custom". The original Lightroom has a lot more export functions.
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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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It would be quite useful (speaking of bandwidth) if Lightroom CC would support saving RAW files local only.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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You mean like a "never sync" switch? Or what do you have in mind?
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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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There is the ability to pause sync by clicking the cloud in the upper right and choosing "Pause Syncing" from the dropdown.

I think this gives you what your looking for, with an additional step.

  • Put camera card in
  • Copy images from card to a folder (this is the additional step compared to Classic)
  • Add (instead of import) images to CC

That should have you editing local RAW files without using bandwidth.

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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In the long run it would be nice to not only have the ability to choose which files/albums should be kept locally, but also which raw files should be local only (not uploaded to the cloud).
For example I want to upload most of my recent shots (except videos and timelapses) to the cloud, but move the really old ones (also videos and timelapses) onto external drives only and keep just the smart previews online.
Even though Lightroom Classic supports that workflow (with some kind of hacks), I still would like to switch completely to Lightroom CC in the long run.

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Engaged ,
Oct 24, 2017 Oct 24, 2017

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Good idea. I am actually ok with everything syncing as Long as i can delete things on my pc or other devices and the RAWs staying in the cloud.

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Engaged ,
Nov 10, 2017 Nov 10, 2017

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I would also like to see some sort of synch control. I know the marketing department wants everyone to buy the 1TB storage option, and in doing so choose between just CC or CC + Photoshop + CC Classic. But quite frankly your storage is a bit overpriced for customers who are already committing to your platform. I should be able to tag photos with a "synch" tag and have them synch to the cloud. Making things all-or-nothing purely to squeeze every last penny out of customers is just abusive. I only need to store my "important" images in the cloud. I would LIKE to use Lightroom to manage all of my originals, but you are making it difficult.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017

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Hello

Apparently my full CC subscription only gives me 100GB of cloud storage for Lightroom. This is frankly a bit ridiculous because this limitation prevents me from even starting to use the software when I know that there won't be enough space.

For this reason I was wondering if I can use the software locally? In other words: If I put my Lightroom file in my Dropbox and let Dropbox sync it, what happens if I reach the 100GB limit? Will the software not accept any additional photos?

cheers

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017

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Feature Enhancement request to enable a settings which prevents Lightroom CC file library to sync to the cloud and only work locally.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2017 Nov 24, 2017

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I see two possible Ways of doing this.


The easy way is, Never Sync setting.


The hard way is, the % cloud slider goes the other way. So the use can select how much to keep on their local drive (today) and also how much to sync to the cloud (feature enhancement). This would keep the the use casevto allow sync across devices of the most recently used images but not all the old ones.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2017 Nov 24, 2017

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That combined with the possibility to save the local-only RAW files to an external hard drive (only).

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Engaged ,
Dec 02, 2017 Dec 02, 2017

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I have more photos than storage space in the cloud. I'd like the ability import all of my photos to Lightroom and then select only a subset to upload.

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Engaged ,
Dec 04, 2017 Dec 04, 2017

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Hey, i would like to know if there's anyway i could add new pictures to lightroom without the sincronization to the cloud. It takes a long time and it isnt usefull for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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Hello,
at the moment, the Lightroom CC-app auto-uploads all new images, including the ones received through messenger apps or downloaded from the internet.

It would be nice if we can decide which folders should be synced. In my opinion, only the self-taken photos are enaugh.

Thanks and kind regards
Martin

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Engaged ,
Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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Lightroom CC requires the ability to select what is uploaded, and what is not.  I know that this is a GEN 1 version, but I need to be able to use it exactly like I do Lightroom Classic CC.  For the most part, I NEVER want to upload anything automatically.  If anything, I will explicitly select and upload the files that I want in the cloud.

I have a 28TB NAS, soon to be 80TB, and I have absolutely no need for, nor would I ever want, large 3rd party cloud storage.  I only use it for finished products on a temporary basis.  My NAS replicates everything that I need to all machines that I need it to replicate to, even when I'm on the road.  Synology makes AWESOME products, and there is no way that I could afford this storage in the cloud.

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New Here ,
Feb 27, 2018 Feb 27, 2018

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Is there a way to prevent an album from being included when LR CC syncs with cloud storage from a mobile device.
For example, if I am travelling or working remote and want to perform some preliminary ‘quick’ edits on an iPad while away, but I do not want these images to be sync’d to cloud storage or downloaded and available to LR Classic until I deliberately import them through the Classic application. I realise I can turn sync off on the iPad, but I believe ‘all’ images will be sync’d to cloud storage (and then downloaded to Classic) when this is turned back on. I was hoping to be able to exclude an album from the sync, but cannot see that this can be done. Any advice appreciated. Tks.

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Engaged ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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I would love the ability to decide which files get synced up to creative cloud.

I am an amateur photographer and graphic designer, so I pay for the full suite of apps to get illustrator / photography tools. However, the full suit of apps only comes with 100GB of online storage. I can pay to upgrade to 1TB for $10/mo but honestly that is so expensive I cannot justify it because I use my NAS at home anyway for backup and redundancy.

There are though features I would love to take advantage of in Creative Cloud that I cannot because I had to turn off syncing. For example, I would love to make a portfolio website for my photography and having the photos synced from Lightroom CC would be amazing and easy, but I can't do this because my photo library is over 100GB.

The other biggest problem is that it uses up all of my illustrator space. I love using the Creative Cloud library to sync my assets across apps and devices. (Creative Clouds asset library is one of my favorite thing about the Adobe suite as a whole in this SaaS world.) So I can't sync any of my photos to creative cloud otherwise I'll lose all of my illustrator space.
 
Please add a selective sync option! Thank you!

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2018 Apr 21, 2018

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It would be great to have a feature available throughout Adobe Cloud - simply selected by folder properties - to auto-sync or not to auto-sync.  That way the user can move assets around in folders which do sync automatically across devices and assets that do not - but can optionally be requested to sync manually.  Problem solved if the developers go that route.

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New Here ,
May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

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By making the sync system auto, you are excluding many people who will not pay the high price of your storage system, thus rendering the sync system unusable for many of us.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 19, 2018 May 19, 2018

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Selective sync is only available in Classic and then it only syncs smart previews. If classic would also sync full raw, it would be the perfect solution.

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Engaged ,
Jun 15, 2018 Jun 15, 2018

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I shoot about 2,000-4,000 images a week, by not allowing selective sync it prevents me from being able to work on image on multiple devices on specific images as the uploading of the images takes far too long for me to be able to work on my most recent (or selected) images. I will have to find an alternative photo editing software.

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Engaged ,
Jun 17, 2018 Jun 17, 2018

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I edit across many devices. Some of them I want to get all photos, some of them have much less free space and I only want to sync a subset of photos to them. Selective sync per-device would be a huge benefit here.

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Engaged ,
Aug 07, 2018 Aug 07, 2018

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The lack of selective sync is what stops me from making the move from Classic. I want to be able to add all the photos I've taken to Lightroom, but I only want photos I'll work on synced to the cloud otherwise I run out of space very quickly. Syncing Albums/Collections is basically what I'm after. Unused photos are good to have on hand but aren't required on all devices.

I'm not about to manually remove all other photos, and I'm not about to pay extra for 1TB either as I have my own backups including unlimited PrimePhotos storage (I'd definitely pay extra for Prime Photos integration though!)

For now I'm happy to stick to Classic.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

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I absolutely do not want everything in one place. I use my phone and my desktop for very different purposes and I want to maintain that distinction. I guess I'll have to remove lightroom from the phone.

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Engaged ,
Sep 01, 2018 Sep 01, 2018

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I don't want all photos uploaded to CC.  I take a lot of snapshots and reserve LR and PS for more professional work so don't want the two sets intermingled.  I want to be able to sync only the collections I choose to.

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New Here ,
Sep 06, 2018 Sep 06, 2018

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I really like having all my photos uploaded to the cloud. I recently transferred over to the Lightroom CC only option with 1TB of storage (£9.94)

This gives me offsite back up of all my photos and the ability of having them locally storaged and locally backed up.

However I notice that Adobe charge such a large amount for cloud storage. This seems to be the real issue here rather than selective sync. My subscription is £9.94/month but that is also the same price of an additional 1TB which is quite a lot compared to other cloud storage companies.

Storage is really cheap now and I think it would be better for Adobe to lower the price of the per TB storage so more customers can benefit from the syncing and off site back ups. Also maybe including it on more plans. That seems to be what a lot of people are talking about here.

I would like the ability of priority upload for a selection of images and pausing sync on the rest as sometimes you want to be working on a certain set of photos across devices and don’t want to wait for everything else to upload first.

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