Photographers who use Adobe Lightroom on their desktops can now edit and sync photos on the go with Adobe Lightroom mobile. Adobe has launched Lightroom for iPad and it is meant to be an extension to the mother version on the desktop. It is not a standalone app or a lighter version like Photoshop Express. You can download the app for free from iTunes, but it requires Adobe Lightroom 5 and any of the four Creative Cloud subscription plans mentioned in the details.
Lightroom mobile runs on iPad 2 or later with iOS 7 or later. Lightroom 5.4 for Windows or Mac OS is also required.
Launching a mobile interface for the industry-standard Lightroom makes sense because photography (and photographers) are increasingly mobile. The iPad app could be a valuable timesaver as photographers can extend their work to the iPad while on the move. Photographers can edit, organize, sync and share between the two interfaces. The iPad app uses Smart Previews, which takes advantage of a lightweight smaller, file format. The Smart Preview version makes working with massive RAW files far speedier without compromising the original or exhausting limited storage space.
You can also import and edit images directly from your iPad camera roll. Lightroom for mobile includes the basic (but powerful) editing tools and color presets. As it is a companion app, the more advanced tools like custom presets, fine-tuned sharpening features etc. are missing. Photos can be shared with iOS services like Messages, Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and AirDrop.
Professional users obviously would use the desktop features for the final touchups and use the simpler interface of the mobile app for quick-edits and previews. Either way, it gives them another option for the time-consuming post processing tasks.