In 2007, Adobe released Lightroom to the world and completely revolutionized the workflow for photographers everywhere. With each new release, Adobe has built new features and tools that have wowed us all. Well, announced and released tonight, Adobe brings us Adobe Lightroom Mobile - allowing you to sync and edit on the go. The best part of all? It's a free update for those on the Creative Cloud.
Currently only available to those with an iPad (Though iPhone and Android support is promised very soon), Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to export smart previews of your images, and sync it seamlessly to your tablet. You're then able to cull, edit, view and share your images with ease, only to sync the edits and changes back to the computer with the touch of a button. Using Smart Previews (A feature brought to us in Lightroom 5), you're able to drastically cut down on the file size of each image, allowing you to sync hundreds of images to your mobile device without the risk of it being bogged down or filling the hard drive, while still maintaining the flexibility of editing on a RAW image. And this isn't just for working on your photos from your professional camera. Lightroom Mobile offers full support for all your images, so you're now able to edit your smartphone images with the power of Lightroom Mobile, using the tools you're familiar with.
While watching them use this software last week, I was pretty blown away. Imagine a time where we're able to go through and rate our favorite images from a wedding on your tablet or phone at the comforts of a coffee shop. Jaron actually used the software firsthand, and said it was not only fast, but amazingly intuitive. It makes use of various touch commands that enable you to quickly edit photos and sync them back up with your computer. It's Lightroom not ported over and mashed into a tablet, but a wholly redesigned experience that just feels right on the medium. And if you don't like the editing you did from the tablet, you're able to fine tune and adjust those edits when you sync it back to your computer. If you sync Lightroom Mobile with your tablet before going offline (like on an airplane), all changes you make while offline will automatically sync once you hit a signal. The platform is designed for a traveling photographer.
Adobe wanted it to be clear that this is not designed as a remote triage device between your computer and a camera. You can't expect to cull and edit photos directly from the field on the tablet, as the mobile hardware tech just isn't there yet. Lightroom Mobile works because of Smart Previews, but if you start talking full raw files that's where this program draws the line. It's just not in the cards yet.
That said and understood, if the program felt like it was lacking anywhere, it was in the inability to use any of your custom presets (only the ones Adobe provides). Adobe does promise this functionality is coming in a future update, but didn't give us a timeline for when that's happening. They did say it's high on the wish list though, so we hope soon.
This software is available to all those with Creative Cloud subscriptions, regardless if you're paying the $9.99/mo for the Photography Program, or if you're among the $50/mo full plan.
At this time, the software is only available for iPad users (iPad 2 or higher - Running iOS7 or higher) and is available in the iOS App Store. Again, Adobe promises to offer iPhone and Android support very soon, telling us to expect it later this year. After using the software, Jaron said he didn't miss the fact it wasn't on the iPhone yet. The controls feel like they need the space of a tablet.
Full Press Release -
Adobe Lightroom Mobile Brings Professional-Class Photo Tools To iPad
Creative Cloud Photography Program Now Includes Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile for $9.99 per Month; Seamlessly Syncs Edits Between Mobile and Desktop
SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 8, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad, delivering photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilizing new Smart Preview technologies to free professional-class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Lightroom mobile is built on a powerful synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.
Lightroom mobile is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program. For USD$9.99 per month, photographers have access to Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC on the desktop as well as Lightroom mobile on iPad.
"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.”
Lightroom mobile and the photography optimized synchronization architecture puts the powerful tools from Lightroom 5 at photographer's fingertips, including:
- Sync mobile edits, metadata and collection changes back to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
- Automatically import images captured on an iPad and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop
- Work on images, even when your iPad is offline, for a truly portable experience
- Sync photos between Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile; synced photos can also be viewed from any Web browser
"Adobe Lightroom mobile tranforms 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," said Jeff Carlson, educator and author of The iPad for Photographers and Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go. "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."
Pricing and Availability
The Photoshop Photography Program (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a public portfolio site through Behance. Any members of Creative Cloud complete plan or Photoshop Photography Program automatically receive access to Adobe Lightroom mobile. 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.
For information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit: www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile.
About Creative Cloud
Creative Cloud is a rethinking of the entire creative process and an industry-defining shift in creative expression and inspiration, where members can explore, create, publish and share their work across devices, the desktop and the Web. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to: a vibrant global creative community; publishing services to deliver apps and websites; cloud storage and the ability to sync to virtually any device; and new products and exclusive updates as they’re developed. Membership plans start from as little as $9.99 per month.
- · Lightroom mobile video: Unlocking Photography from the Desktop
- · Lightroom mobile video: Tutorials with Julieanne Kost
- · Lightroom mobile blog
- · Lightroom mobile product video
- · Lightroom mobile on Adobe.com
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.
For more information on Lightroom Mobile, check out Adobe's Official Announcement.