Avid Lightroom users will be happy to hear that Adobe is launching a mobile version of the popular photo-editing software on the iPad today. Adobe is basically calling it a companion app to the fully-functional desktop version, hence the name, Lightroom mobile.
To be able to use it on the iPad, users will need an active subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud service which starts at $9.99 a month. Furthermore, users will also need to have Lightroom 5.4 or later on their PC or Mac to use Lightroom mobile.
Although the functionality is limited when compared to its desktop version, the Lightroom mobile version will still prove to be a useful tool for serious photographers and photo-journalists. With it, users can edit and organize images on their iPads, enhance raw images from DSLR cameras, share edited photos on social networking sites, and synchronize photos on the desktop and online.
Adobe says that it is working on an iPhone version which could launch later this year.
Turn your iPad into a legitimate photography tool with Lightroom mobile: http://t.co/lq1JIvTODG— Adobe Lightroom (@Lightroom) April 8, 2014
For those who are already using Lightroon 5, they will need to avail any of the following Creative Cloud membership plans: Photoshop Photography Program ($9.99 per month), Creative Cloud complete plan ($49.99 per month), Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition ($29.99 per month), and Creative Cloud for teams complete plan ($69.99 per month).
Lightroom mobile is now available for the iPad 2 and newer iPad models running iOS 7.
"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.”