Adobe has officially announced and released the official Lightroom mobile app for the Apple iPad. The app is a companion app for the desktop version of Lightroom and brings most of the desktop software’s functionality to the iPad but with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Adobe has also used synchronization architecture to make it easy to manage and edit photos across platforms.
“With the launch of Lightroom mobile, we’ve unlocked professional-class photographic workflows from the confines of the desktop,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom and Photoshop redefined digital photography on the desktop and now, photographers can perfect images, wherever they are and, via Creative Cloud, seamlessly synchronize them back to their desktop catalog.”
The Lightroom mobile app and its photography optimized synchronization software gives users access to Lightroom 5 tools including syncing of photos, mobile edits, metadata, and collection changes across platforms. Users can also automatically import images captured on an iPad and easily sync them to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop software. Users can even work on photos whilst the iPad isn’t connected to the internet.
Jeff Carlson, educator and author of The iPad for Photographers and Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go has tried Adobe Lightroom mobile and had this to say, “Adobe Lightroom mobile transforms the way I am able to work with my photographs because now I can review and process photos when I’m comfortable and creative, and not just when I’m at my computer, It also works as a malleable photo portfolio on my iPad. As I add or remove images from a collection in Lightroom mobile or on the computer, the changes stay synchronized. When I need to show my work those photos are already set up to be viewed.”
Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iPad is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program which costs $9.99 per month and includes, along with access to the Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, and a public portfolio site through Behance. Creative Cloud complete plan members also get Lightroom mobile as part of the plan. Lightroom mobile is immediately available for iPad 2 or later running iOS 7, from the Apple App Store and requires Lightroom 5.4 for Mac or Windows.