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P: Ability to sync Smart Collections with Ecosystem Clients

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2014 Apr 08, 2014

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Collection synching / Lightroom Mobile is a great addition to Lightroom 5.4. Please extend this functionality to Smart Collections as well.

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Community Expert , Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

While you are waiting for Adobe to implement that suggestion, you could have a look at this plug-in from Jeffrey Friedl: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/smart-collection-sync

 

As Jeffrey himself admits, it's a bit kludgy....but it does work.

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LEGEND ,
May 20, 2021 May 20, 2021

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Yeah, Adobe HATES making millions on LR Classic users, they'll be getting rid of it soon! 😜

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Engaged ,
May 20, 2021 May 20, 2021

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I’m not saying they’ll fet rid of it. As long as people keep buying it, they have no reason to stop selling it. But they’re capitalizing on an stagnating product, delivering minimal updates (or those that are in camera raw and cross app) and refusing basic request by fear of canibalizing cloudy. Cloudy might be a good product but has some major blocking points for some users.

Maintaining 2 similar products must be expensive and nothing tells us the pain gain equation will remain beneficial to classic forever 😉

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2021 May 21, 2021

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Yeah ... as one who has several hundreds GBs of pictures and a self-built NAS server to store them, I have absolutely zero intetest in cloudy...

On the other hand, having my own Internet-connected NAS made this particular feature request less useful 😉

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LEGEND ,
Aug 05, 2021 Aug 05, 2021

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I agree wholeheartedly!!!  I'm a huge user of Smart Collections and I'm rather annoyed to just now learn that SC don't sync to the cloud and\or mobile.  Very frustrated.  Nothing's ever easy.....

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Explorer ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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The title says it all!

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Community Expert ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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While you are waiting for Adobe to implement that suggestion, you could have a look at this plug-in from Jeffrey Friedl: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/smart-collection-sync

 

As Jeffrey himself admits, it's a bit kludgy....but it does work.

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm fairly new to the game, so forgive me if this a basic question, but I'm not being able to sync any Smart Collections in Ligtroom Classic.

 

I've already created the collection, I have the sync turned ON, but I don't see the option to sync any Smart Collections. I've seen a bunch of videos on how to do this, but I can't find those settings on my software. Any suggestions?

 

I'm using Lightroom Classic v11 on Windows.

 

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Thanks in advance!

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Enthusiast ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Hi,

Smart collections cannot be synchronized, unfortunately. Only normal collections (where you add pictures manually).

Hope that helps,

Michael

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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You could however look at Jeffrey Friedl's "Smart Collection Sync" plug-in: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/smart-collection-sync

 

In his own words, it's a bit kludgy but it does work.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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The Any Source plugin also provides syncing of smart collections.

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New Here ,
Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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Currently it is apparently (feedback from Adobe helpdesk) not possible to share a subset of a collection (filtered by starts, keywords etc) in lightroom CC on mac without first haveing to create a new collection that contains only the filtered results. If you filter a collection, then click the "make public", the resulting url will still point to an album with ALL the pictures rather than the filtered ones only. The filters are powerful tools to discect large collections. To extend this functionality to sharing would be extremly helpful. 

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LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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A collection filtered by various criteria is a smart collection. Syncing smart collections with LR Cloud is one of the most popular feature requests for LR Classic:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-ideas/p-ability-to-sync-smart-collections-with-desk...

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LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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Also, when Adobe released LR Cloud and renamed the traditional LR to LR Classic, they announced there would be no more enhancements to the syncing between LR Classic and LR Cloud.  A workaround is to use the Any Source plugin to synchronize smart collections with regular collections and sync the regular collections to the cloud.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 12, 2022 Sep 12, 2022

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Does anyone know if Adobe has any plans to allow Smart Collections to be sync'd?

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LEGEND ,
Sep 12, 2022 Sep 12, 2022

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Does anyone know if Adobe has any plans to allow Smart Collections to be sync'd?


By @OlaGarp

 

We are not Adobe here, we are just other Lightroom Classic users, who have no clue what Adobe plans to do.

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Guide ,
Sep 12, 2022 Sep 12, 2022

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This has been requested for many years already, so it's a near certainty that it probably never will be.

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