Adobe have announced an addition to Lightroom, not an upgrade and already there is a divided camp over it. The goal is to allow photographers use mobile devices to work with their Lightroom collections – and that, it does.
So before you get all hot and bothered, take a moment to discover what it is and what it is not. If its for you, then great, if not, go about your business and don’t act like your big brother just got a better toy for Christmas!
Lets narrow down the audience. If you don’t have an iPad, this is not for you – yet.
Heres what its all about:
Lightroom mobile will bring powerful and familiar Lightroom tools to the iPad, allowing users to edit, organize, share and sync images with Mac and Windows computers. Optimized for on-the-go workflows, Lightroom mobile will deliver photography essentials, such as non-destructive processing of raw files; and utilizes Smart Previews tuned for a mobile experience and time spent away from the confines of home or studio.
Lightroom mobile puts the powerful tools from Lightroom 5 at photographer’s fingertips, including:
Sync 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 then be viewed from any Web browser
Members of Creative Cloud complete plan or Photoshop Photography Program will automatically receive access to Adobe Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile will be available for iPad 2 or later running iOS 7, from the Apple App Store and requires Lightroom 5.4 for Mac or Windows. Creative Cloud membership is necessary to use Lightroom mobile.
An update to Lightroom 5.4 is now available, enabling sync with Lightroom mobile. We will also make available a web interface to view your synced Lightroom catalog online at lightroom.adobe.com.
So lets clarify – Its for iPad users now. iPhone will come later. Android tablets even later. Thats not bad news for Android users at all. Think of all the improvements and bugs that will be worked out by the Appleites!
Next, its not a replacement or a dumbed down version of Lightroom. You will need a desktop version of Lightroom because Lightroom Mobile only sees the collections that are designated to sync with it, not your entire library. Moreover you will need to have a subscription to the Creative Cloud, which by the way, is still available for $9.99/month. This program includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a Behance ProSite. If you’re already a Creative Cloud member or Photoshop Photography Program subscriber, you can get started now!