Adobe brings Lightroom to the iPad (And the iPhone)

While Mobile Devices have done a remarkably good job at catching up with PCs they still are a fair bit behind. Plus, there aren’t as many ‘professional’ apps for mobile devices as there are for PCs.

However, a flicker of light emerged when Adobe launched Photoshop for the iPad and the iPhone. While it didn’t have the prowess, editing power and features of it’s Desktop counterpart, it was more than enough for most people. And hey, for people working with graphics and for photographers, it worked in a pinch when there wasn’t a PC nearby!

Now, Adobe has take Lightroom mobile meaning you could touch-up and edit photos on the go.

It has got a ton of editing options and it has also got RAW support, just like it’s desktop counterpart.


A taste of the options offered in the Basic Pane? Here you go. The Basic Pane allows you to change these parameters while editing a photo : exposure, color temperature, highlights, shadows, saturation, and much, much more.

The app also makes use of multitouch: A two finger tap brings up a histogram (And other image metadata) and a three finger tap allows you to see the original, unadulterated version of the photo (Toggles between before and after).

Lightroom features touch-optimized controls, which is necessary because we don’t want to spend most of our time aiming at a small  button, do we?

It syncs automatically with the Desktop version of Lightroom (Images, Edits, etc will be synced automatically)

It utilizes Adobe’s Smart Previews which helps retain the flexibility and quality of a RAW file at  2-3% of the original file size. RAW files take up a lot of storage and Adobe’s Smart Previews help you to keep the advantages of RAW files without filling up your storage real fast.


However, even with all these features, there still is a bit of a gap between the Mobile version and the Desktop version. But the features offered in the Mobile version are really enough for most people and as for photographers, it is a pretty good option for editing on the go.

The Mobile Version of Lightroom isn’t and probably never will be designed to replace the Desktop version of Lightroom. It is rather designed to be an extension: An extension that you can carry along everywhere. For most people and for most editing purposes, the mobile version of Lightroom is sufficient, however for complex editing, the Desktop version is definitely better.”It’s undeniable mobile devices are playing a role in photography,” Hogarty told Mashable. “What we wanted to do is bridge the gap, and let things flow seamlessly from the desktop to the tablet or phone, and vice versa.”Adobe has a list of criterion you have to satisfy to get Lightroom on your iPad:

  • You need to have an iPad 2 or newer iPad to run Lightroom (Honestly, the older iPads would stutter and lag real bad when running Lightroom)
  • You need to be an Adobe Creative Cloud member to get Lightroom. Doesn’t matter whether you have the Desktop version or not, you GOT to be a Creative Cloud member (Starts at $9.99 per month). Then you will be able to download it, for free.

If you want to do your editing on the iPhone (Why would you want to do editing on a small screen?!), then fret not. Adobe has said that iPhone versions are coming later. And good news, Android fans, an Android version is in the works too!

Sources: Adobe

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