Lightroom App Soon Coming To An iPad Near You

Adobe is bringing Lightroom to the iPad as an app. Over at The Grid yesterday Tom Hogarty, Adobe’s group product manager for Lightroom showed an early stage iPad app designed to allow editing RAW images from your computer on a mobile device.

Lightroom App Soon Coming To An iPad Near You

Hogarty explains that Adobe is trying to revamp the workflow between the desktop, laptop and other mobile devices. Here is the gap that Adobe’s trying to bridge.

When you take a picture with an iPhone, it automatically syncs to your iPad and desktop (via photostream), However if you start an image flow with a DSLRs you need to find a creative way involving maybe dropbox or iTunes to sync over to your mobile device.

The idea explained is that images imported into Lightroom would be seamlessly pushed into the iPad as RAW images. In the image below, Hogarty showed a 5Dmk3 Raw image opened a on an iPad2, edited, zoomed in 100% and scrolled on an iPad. While the app was more of a unit tester than a real app, it definitely shows a path to the complete app. One interesting thing, is that Adobe is planning to use a lossy DNG Smart Previews (from LR5 beta) to bring full res images into the app. (The larget file openned on the show was a 37MP raw file)

Lightroom App Soon Coming To An iPad Near You

Among the controls that adobe is considering are Exposure, Contrast, Highlights/Shadows, Vibrance, noise reduction, and the other controls found on the Lightroom develop panel.

Lightroom App Soon Coming To An iPad Near You

Lastly, the idea is that images edited in the Lightroom app, will be pushed back into Lightroom.

Lightroom App Soon Coming To An iPad Near You

When Adobe started out their Cloud Service the community did not understand where adobe is going to with it. Maybe this is one of the first applications of it that brings huge value to the Adobe Cloud.

As far as timeline, no matter how pushed, Hogarty did not commit, so it stayed at “not around the corner, and not in LR5“.

You can watch the full episode below:

[illustration based on Sunday Paper by Brendan Lynch]

[The Grid: Episode 94 via The Verge]

  • TheLaddie

    Nice but i don’t have an ipad

  • Neil Wharton

    Nice idea but when I’m working on images I like a tablet and a pen would I be able to use them on this

  • Paul Curuti

    Actualy, 5Dmk3 has 22MP

    • udi tirosh

      good catch paul, it was indeed from a different camera. I changed that in the post.

  • PL

    This post, although very informative, needs some serious editing. For example: “(the larget sile openned on the show was a 37MP raw file)”

  • Zrican

    Finally a good raw editer for the iPad, iphotos and snap seed are ok but no noise reduction. Can’t wait!

    • ابوفلان 

      you can use phototoaster to remove the noise

  • Iduehe Udom

    At last we fine the best out of I-pad… Thanks….. UNN

  • what does an ipad do

    Hoping that it will be launch very soon because I really like some of its editing features that will really works in our iPad. Thanks for this amazing application that you have posted here. This totally help us know some best editing apps in our gadget.