Selective File Sync
CC needs to bring back this selective file sync, which is standard on all other cloud-based file services. This becomes a huge problem now that the files of an entire account (up to 100GB) will by default be downloaded to each system you sign in to and there appears to no longer be a way to only sync selective folders.
YES. Please, please, please.
How on earth do you expect users to work on huge collaborative projects, with huge design files, if we have no control over how which of them are automatically stored on our hard drives? The option to turn sync off is virtually meaningless if we have no control over what syncs in what order once we turn it on again.
Just to use my current situation as an example: I'm a freelance copyeditor currently working on a book a client is revising for a second edition. The project folder, which the client shared with me, contains many InDesign files, image files, etc., and quickly took up all the available storage space on my computer's hard drive. (A single sub-folder in it, which I don't need access to, was 29.8 GB - just to give a sense of the scope).
I only need access to one sub folder that takes up a tiny bit of space - just a few InDesign files. I would turn all the rest if I could.
In consulting with Adobe support and reading the forum, I learned (as all of the other commenters here have) that there is no way to control which of your CreativeCloud files are saved to your hard drive storage. I also learned that if I turned off sync and deleted the files I didn't need, then if sync ever got turned on again, the change would sync back up again: the *client's* files would be deleted from the *client's* folder. Obviously not a risk one can take.
So my only workaround was to give up on using the desktop access to the files at all: ask the client to unshare the folder, turn off sync once the files were gone, and then have the client share the folder with me again. And then... never turn sync on again. Access files only online, downloading the ones I need to work on and uploading them when I'm done. Like Franck, I'd also like to be able to occasionally sync an individual file to a laptop when I'm working on the go.
I find this frustrating and ridiculous. Choosing which files are stored locally and which are not, and freeing up hard drive space, is part of the point of cloud storage, is it not? And in the era of remote collaboration, being able to choose which files in our collaborators' shared folders we store on our machines is a basic, daily-functionality workflow need. Design files can be huge, and many people are working on multiple projects at once.
Adobe: please, please fix this.
I second Daniel F's request that having all filenames visible but only downloaded if set them to sync would be ideal.
Daniel F. commented
This should have been implemented a long time ago. IMO the best way would be the iCloud way. Filenames visible but not downloaded. Then the Option to remove the download.
If you want to do it perfectly enable this Option for Libraries/Groups as well.
Ron Tosto commented
Even Microsoft is able to do it.
Luís Camacho commented
Pretty much this.
I want to use CC storage as a way to share delivered projects with clients, but I don't want these to take space on my Desktop and Surface Pro. At the moment I have to use other service providers, with much less storage space, since Adobe can't do this simple feature.
Franck Payen commented
Ok, TODAY is the day where I realize I didn't vote for this feature when it should be sooooo essential.
I have 147GB in my CC sync assets folder online.
I have 20GB available on an old mac I need to resurrect.
And I need a 7.5MB XD File, that MIGHT someday get synced (and I don't know when, and I don't know HOW since It would require 130 free GB…)
So I'm stuck. and unhappy.
I have slow internet issues and can't have ALL files syncing at once. I would like to be able to control at least which folder gets synced, or even better, which specific files. Syncing everything on a slow internet connection can take DAYS.... no kidding. And when you have that one work project that needs to get out, then you can't wait that long. I need more control and I need to see the status of what is syncing.
Mitch Hilliard commented
After updating, I no longer have active Sync settings! They are greyed out! And the word "Sync" that is supposed to be in the lower right of the picture when in the Develop module- not there, only in the Library window, and not active there also! But try to find info on how to turn them back on-accurate information! In your section that says "set up sync in Lightroom Classic", after step 1, which I did (I was up to date!), nothing else is the same! I don't know where it's supposed to say "getting start in Lightroom", and there is no place to log in,, and I HAVE sync with Lightroom turned on, but still they are greyed out in the Develop module! I want to sync settings from 1 photo to all like photos in my import, but I can't! Every tutorial shows how EASY it is to do it, but my settings are greyed out, and no accurate info on how to turn them back on!
Couldn't agree more, I am wanting to share large projects with workmates via Creative Cloud Files, but I don't want them to be forced to reject my invitation or turn off File Syncing completely to deal with my work.