The Surface Pro does NOT run Lightroom Mobile, it runs the FULL version of Lightroom as it is essentially considered a PC instead of a tablet.
I understand that. That's why I want to use the Surface Pro, so I can have the full version of lightroom. What I don't want is to have to move my catalog or original images off my desktop. I can make changes to the images I've saved to the cloud using my ipad or phone and Lightroom Mobile. Why can't I do the same with a Surface? Am I missing something or is this functionality not available?
In essence you're looking for networkable Lightroom. Central catalogue between Surface Pro 3 and desktops. That's not supported on Lightroom (full version).
The options are the ones you're already aware of: Dropbox (to convince Lightroom it has a locally connected catalogue) or catalogue/images on a removable drive and swapping between machines.
A central catalogue between all devices would certainly be one of the most sought after feature requests for Lightroom. One catalogue per Lightroom (full version) installation is a roadblock for many.
You want to share LR and its photos on two desktop-capable systems. LR is a single-user program that needs the catalog attached locally.
The way I accomplish what you want is to have my LR catalog and photos on a portable USB3-attached 2TB drive and carry that with me. Because the drive is portable and subject to loss or theft or damage I backup my 2TB drive to another 2TB drive when I am at my main desktop computer. I basically copy everything on the main drive to the backup drive but using options in my backup program to only copy files that are different either in time-stamp or filesize which works out to my new photos, my LR catalog and some LR preview files. I have had the portable drive fail and merely replace my backup drive and use my former backup for my primary work, immediately, or as soon as I have copied things to the new backup drive.
I have the same question as Elstretcho. We both know that Surface Pro is a full PC and can run full Lightroom. However, we want to access the mobile smart previews, edit them on the Surface Pro, just like you would with an IPad, and have them sync back to the desktop. Having to carry around a portable drive with one catalog on it that you share is similar, but not the same.
Eh, nevermind. Looks like you need a mobile app and currently that app is only available for iOS and Android. Until Adobe ports the app to the Windows store, looks like we're out of luck.
What you can do is use your browser to go to Lightroom.com, sign in, and then do some edits in your browser window. Tried that?
Is this something you've done John? lightroom.com is not related to Adobe Lightroom, do you have the correct web address?
John probably meant to say "lightroom.adobe.com".
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Editing images with a browser is a viable solution for the Surface Pro. Here's the basic steps to get there.
First ,the catalog on your main computer needs have sync turned on.
Next put images into collections that you want to sync.
Turn on sync for those collections
Go to Adobe.com with a browser on the Surface Pro. Log into your CC account.
Click the LR icon to go to your synced collections
Select an image and find the edit button in the upper left
Edits done here will be synced back to the desktop catalog
Very useful, thanks