Adobe finally revealed its new Lightroom mobile app for the iPad, giving photographers who use the desktop version of Lightroom the ability to edit and organize images from anywhere. Lightroom mobile is not a standalone app and requires both a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Lightroom 5 to function. You log in to the app with your Adobe ID and sync your photos between your tablet and desktop using Adobe’s servers. The app allows users to download Smart Previews of files from the desktop app, offering very fast content transfers between the desktop and the mobile app. Smart Previews require an ongoing Internet connection to sync back and forth between Adobe’s servers to prevent iPad users from having to download too big files, but files can also be downloaded in full for offline editing if preferred. You get the ability to edit and make adjustments to these mobile-friendly photos and sync them back to your desktop while retaining the same, RAW quality without missing a beat.
With Lightroom Mobile, you can collect pictures from multiple places, meaning all the changes made on the iPad’s app will be reflected back to the desktop in the original, high quality version.
Similar to the desktop version of Lightroom, the mobile app provides much of the same functionality, giving access to metadata and a basic editing toolbar that includes desktop presets and adjustment tools for altering shadows, clarity, contrast, and more. The app also offers crop and rotate tools and a simple three finger tap on the screen displays before and after when editing.
To add photos to Lightroom Mobile for editing, you can also use the iPad’s built-in Camera Roll. The images can be brought via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit or the iPad itself to capture photos intended for Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom Mobile allows also to make a copy of any images imported from iOS’s Camera Roll.
Adobe’s Lightroom mobile has intuitive gestures, allowing to easily control a number of various functions. Tapping an image results in full screen view and a simple swipe up or down allows it to be flagged for editing or rejected. Additionally, you can sort photos by different aspects like capture time, file name, modification time, and more.
Lightroom Mobile is available exclusively on the iPad and is expected to hit iPhone later this year.