Adobe has released Lightroom for iOS devices and I have to say it’s pretty cool. I was surprised with Lightroom on the iPad but the iPhone with its smaller screen was going to be “interesting. But the Adobe engineers really pulled off a coup with their release.
I’ve tried the major features and also the file syncing between the iPhone and my desktop version of Lightroom. Pretty slick! I took a dozen shots today in a photography class and added them to Lightroom. Later I opened up Lightroom 5.5 on my Mac at home and like magic, the new images appeared in Lightroom.
In the coming days I plan to use it and abuse it then decide if I like enough to keep it on my phone. But, on the surface it’s impressive. Everything works smoothly and so far I have not had any crashes of the app. I am using this on iOS 7 with an iPhone 5S so I do have top flight equipment. All bets are off with this working as smoothly on an iPhone 4S for example. You are going from 64 bit processor to 32 bit and you will take a hit. But I will be testing that also just to see. While iOS 7 runs on the iPhone 4S, it is not at it’s best. I suspect the same will be true for Lightroom Mobile.
You also need to have a Creative Cloud account such as the Photoshop Photography Program at 10 bucks a month. Any of the more expensive programs work too but I think many are using the 10 dollar program. You will need to have at least the 5.4 Lightroom update on your desktop/laptop version of Lightroom.
Lightroom Mobile is based on “Smart Previews” where the images are:
- Built on the DNG format
- 2560 pixels on the long side
- You can make adjustments even without the original image available locally
- These adjustments are applied when the original file is available
Here are screen shots for the iPhone 5S using Lightroom mobile
No mess and no fuss. This is awesomeness at it’s best. You can see on the left the smart collection Lr mobile Adobe made and then created the iPhone Photos folder.
OK.. thats cool but what does the interface actually look like? Exactly what you would expect if you have seen the iPad version. Just smaller 🙂