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What the Heck is (The New) Lightroom CC? (Photofocus)

Adobe just announced that there are now TWO VERSIONS of Lightroom. There is the previous Lightroom (now called Lightroom Classic CC) and a new product called Lightroom CC. Let's try to make sense of the new application. What is Lightroom CC Lightroom CC is a whole new app that is built on the same imaging technology…

I think this is a good move. I have often wanted to edit any photo in my catalogue while sitting on my couch with my iPad. The current version of Lightroom CC has a cloud sync feature. When I am out and about I often snap images with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on my iPhone 7. I make edits and share immediately or I wait until I get home and edit in Adobe Lightroom on macOS or on my iPad Pro.

But when I am not in front of my iMac I want to edit images in the catalogue. I just wish there was a way to access the Lightroom CC catalogue from my iPad Pro when I am home. I don't necessarily want my images stored in the cloud. My main area of concern is this:

Lightroom CC syncs everything to all devices including easy to lose mobile devices.

That concerns me from a storage and privacy perspective. My catalogue is just under 1TB. Apple’s maximum storage for iPads and iPhone is about a quarter of that (before other apps and their storage are accounted for). Then there is the issue of how to get the catalogue to Adobe’s data centre. Some broadband providers have data caps as low as 300GB. Plus at current upload speeds, it could take a month of continuous uploading before you images are finally available.

With all of the images available via a web interface, it’s only a matter of time before Adobe has a major breach and your client photos are exposed. Imagine telling your client, “Your nudes and boudoir images may have leaked online”. Or telling some parent, “Someone accessed and downloaded your child’s photos”.

But this, this makes the new cloud-only option unlikely for me.

... I’ve confirmed that the migration tools aren’t meant for frequent back and forth handoffs. Migrate a library in and go forward (not go back).

Er. No, thanks. I don't want my files (and edits to those files) being trapped inside the restrictions of a cloud service. This curmudgeon is sticking with Classic.

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  • Alan Kesselhaut
    25th October 2017 at 6:44 PM

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    25th October 2017 at 6:40 PM

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  • Alan Kesselhaut
    22nd October 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Thanks for the clearing up some of my same concerns. I'm with you..

  • Sherry F
    21st October 2017 at 6:29 PM

    I liked it the way it was, with a choice to put some files on the cloud. the new CC has an interface which frankly, I find annoying. I keep my files in folders and not by topic . I have my own custom meta data and so not want LR CC choosing key words for me. I have too many files to put them on the cloud. I'll need to use the classic version, except now I won't be able to use LR on the cloud if it messes up my metadata. OnOne RAW has software that will serve us better. On1 is listening to the users and makes what we want and are not profit driven like Adobe is. Adobe has lost sight of the user's needs. This new LR CC is a toy for the folks who dabble in pictures and do not work in a professional way.

    • Khürt Williams
      22nd October 2017 at 8:35 AM

      I have On1 as well but I've used Lightroom and Photoshop for a long time. I have not spent enough time using On1 to develop workflows for it. Plus, all those Adobe plugins. How would I replace those?

      I'm not a professional but all my training comes from professionals. I can't see them liking this new "direction" from Adobe.

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