Lightroom 5.4, Lightroom Mobile for iPad

Basic Develop view in the new Lightroom Mobile; image from Hoi An, Vietnam.

Basic Develop view in the new Lightroom Mobile; image from Hoi An, Vietnam.

Big things happening in the Adobesphere today. Lightroom 5.4 is now available, offering a slew of new camera and lens support, bug fixes and other goodness. But the big headline is the announcement and release of Lightroom Mobile (LrM) for iPad.

The important points to know about LrM are:

  • LrM is a free download in the App Store, currently available for iPad only.
  • Use of LrM requires Lightroom 5.4.
  • LrM will sync specified collections within a single catalog using Lightroom.

The LrM cloud service is included in the following Adobe subscription models:

  • Photoshop Photography Program (USD $9.99/month)
  • Creative Cloud complete (USD $49.99/month)
  • Creative Cloud for teams (USD $69.99/month)
  • Creative Cloud student and teacher edition (USD $29.99/month)

There is no stand-alone purchase option for Lightroom mobile. Lightroom perpetual customers will be given a 30-day trial to Lightroom mobile, and can subscribe to one of the qualified Creative Cloud plans.

To download Lightroom Mobile, click this link on your iPad.

So that's the news. Here's some perspective:

I'm not blown away by Lightroom Mobile at the moment, and it's not a tool that I'm going to be using anytime soon. As a 1.0 release, the app feels pretty anemic and I think many of you will feel the same about it. That said, Lightroom 1.0 didn't include a crop tool, and look how far we've now come with the application. Lightroom Mobile is just getting started, and additional features will eventually come to the app. So check it out, enjoy the 30-day trial period. If it doesn't impress you, you will probably want to keep an eye on it to see whether the features you want come to a future release. Tablets are clearly here to stay, and Adobe will very likely be making LrM a part of its long term strategy for mobile.

For more information, see the official LrM announcement on the Lightroom Journal.

Also, go check out Victoria Bampton's post on the LightroomQueen blog, as she's a lot better at talking about this stuff than I am, and usually offers up a lot of good perspective.

Finally, there's also the Lr Web View component, which allows you to view and share LrM-synced collections in your web-browser. Because I'm sure someone will ask, the Lr Web View presently does not have an API or third-party SDK, meaning there is nothing for The Turning Gate to do there. We will carry on with our work making the existing Web module as awesome as we can make it. If Adobe ever publishes an API for third-party meddling in the Lr Web View, we'll re-evaluate.

Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 updates are also available.

Read about the Lightroom 5.4 release.

4 Responses to “Lightroom 5.4, Lightroom Mobile for iPad”

  1. Thanks Matt! The app certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea at the moment, but as you say, it’s version 1. I’ve found myself using it more than I thought I would, particularly for sorting through a backlog of photos. A web API would certainly make that feature a lot more interesting. I’d love to see what you could do with that!

    · April 8, 2014 @ 1:02 am

    • Matt says:

      You and I both. Hopefully they’ll give us something to work with at some point.

      · April 8, 2014 @ 2:01 am

  2. Denis Pagé says:

    Matthew and Victoria, do you know if LrM is ColorTRUE aware? ColorTRUE is a new program by X-Rite to bring color management to the iPad.

    · April 8, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    • Matt says:

      Try as X-Rite might, the iPad is not a color-managed platform, was not designed for professional calibration, and Adobe is not using their profiles. So the short answer is no, LrM is not ColorTRUE aware.

      · April 8, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

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