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April 7, 2014 /Lightroom /

Lightroom goes mobile with new iPad solution

On behalf of everyone on the Lightroom team, I am thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile, an extension of your photography workflow designed specifically for a mobile experience. Beginning today, you can get Lightroom mobile from the iOS app store and seamlessly connect your desktop workflow to your tablet (you will need the Lightroom 5.4 update for Mac or Windows).

With the explosion of smart phone and tablet adoption, and the addition of new devices and platforms every day, we recognize that your workflows are increasingly fragmented. Smart phones have become a very popular camera choice when a DSLR is not handy, and the experience of relaxing on a couch with an iPad is much more comfortable than hunching over a desktop computer. We developed Lightroom mobile to leverage the convenience, mobility, and connected nature of smartphones and tablets for your photography workflow. Take a look at this short video explaining the concept:

In Lightroom mobile you can:

  • Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad*
  • Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DLSRs using powerful and familiar tools
  • Automatically sync all of your mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop
  • Easily share your photos

Our team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how you use Lightroom mobile to unlock your photography from the traditional desktop. This is just our first step; as we’ve done with all previous Lightroom releases, we’re looking to our customers to help shape the future.

You can try Lightroom mobile free for 30 days or purchase it by subscribing to the Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99/month. This program includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a Behance ProSite. If you’re already a Creative Cloud member or Photoshop Photography Program subscriber, you can get started now! For more details and the FAQ please visit the Lightroom Journal blog.

*iPhone version is coming soon.



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  • By Victoria Bampton - 9:14 PM on April 7, 2014  

    The app store link is missing at the top of the post:

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:34 PM on April 7, 2014  

      It’s live now. Took a few minutes to ripple through the servers.

  • By gordon - 9:45 PM on April 7, 2014  

    not interested in a subscription based app when I have purchased the desktop versions

    • By Alex - 10:08 PM on April 7, 2014  

      Yeah. Subscription thing is rock on which we split

    • By Scott - 4:46 AM on April 8, 2014  

      There is another option out there. You can’t do any editing with it but you can rate,keyword,flag,color label with it. It’s called photosmith.

    • By Mag - 10:02 AM on February 13, 2015  

      Totally agree i paid almost $200 for mine, no way I’m paying another $30 each month to use it on my phone (yes tablets are not supported go figure)

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:17 PM on February 13, 2015  

        Lightroom’s retail price for a perpetual license is only $149. If you paid $200 for yours, someone is charging more than retail.

        Also, the Creative Cloud Photography plan is only $9.99/mo – and that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom & Lightroom mobile (storage for quarter million images), and get all the product updates/upgrades as part of your membership.

  • By Anders Bergqjist - 9:59 PM on April 7, 2014  

    And we who think different and using Windows Phone or even Android?

    • By Adam - 5:25 AM on April 8, 2014  

      I just wish they’d make the full Windows version have a better touch-friendly interface. Parts of the scrolling panels will sometimes scroll with touch, but not always. That would be the smartest thing to do since then you’d get full Lightroom functionality on any of the Windows 8 tablets… many of which are much cheaper than iPads (and far more functional than Android tablets). I use a $199 Dell Venue 8 Pro to add ranking data, cull, and keyword my RAW photos on my way home from a shoot. The metadata imports right into any desktop photo management program (including Lightroom) since it’s saved in XMP sidecar files.

      • By Charles - 12:03 PM on April 18, 2014  

        Couldn’t agree more.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:01 AM on April 9, 2014  

      From the FAQ:

      Will Lightroom mobile support Android devices?
      An Android version of Lightroom mobile will not be available at release, but is in development.

  • By Ryan Howard - 9:59 PM on April 7, 2014  

    So, you support Collections but not collection sets? This is a bit frustrating. I organize my shoots by name and then by full shoot, picks, selects all in a collection set. I don’t want to see Picks listed 12 times I want Shoot – Picks listed.

    • By Ryan Howard - 10:00 PM on April 7, 2014  

      Don’t get me wrong. This looks promising and I’l excited about the app. This just seems like a pretty obvious miss to me.

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:04 AM on April 9, 2014  

        Lightroom Mobile is a 1.0 product – we know there are workflows that can be enhanced and improved. We appreciate the suggestions.

    • By vivesea - 6:50 AM on July 13, 2015  

      Maybe next generation all devices just get a usb c port,i think have to get one usb c adapter for my ipad.

  • By Martin C - 9:59 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Not interested in a subscription based service. Sorry.

  • By barris - 9:59 PM on April 7, 2014  

    there should be a purchase option (no subscription), specially if you own the desktop version.

  • By G-Photography - 10:11 PM on April 7, 2014  

    I purchased Lightroom 5. I would happily pay for the app that goes with the software I purchased. I’m not subscribing. Bummed that I’m not going to be able to use this.

  • By matt l - 10:15 PM on April 7, 2014  

    I’ve purchased desktop 3 times, now I’m being sold into CC subscription by releasing a mobile app? Probably looks nice on the sales figures projections but it’s a major clunk.

    • By Andrew - 7:54 AM on April 8, 2014  

      For those complaining about the subscription requirement, I have to say, it would be a lot harder for Adobe to do this without the cloud portion, and the cloud portion costs money. There’s no other great option.

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:43 AM on April 8, 2014  

        The Lightroom mobile service utilizes cloud infrastructure to seamlessly sync image data and edits between the desktop and mobile devices. We’re delivering these services through the Creative Cloud and the Photoshop Photography Program. These plans allow us to continue to deliver innovation and ensure that apps and services are always updated. Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee.

        • By Michal - 10:51 AM on April 8, 2014  

          OL, but why is for subscriptuion of mobile app also being sold Photoshop? Make also plan for only mobile app, I do not need to subscripe PS and LR.

          • By Dc - 3:46 AM on April 11, 2014  

            “Lightroom Mobile must be subscription based because it uses Creative Cloud for sync.” — If it must be a subscription, see the previous point regarding subscription cost. However, Lightroom Mobile does not need to sync using Creative Cloud to provide value to Lightroom users. I want to use Lightroom Mobile to organize and edit photos during my commute, while on vacation, while on the couch, etc. When I return to my desktop I’d like my changes to be synced with my desktop version of Lightroom. However, this syncing does not need to be cloud based! With my workflow, I’m perfectly fine with syncing via Bluetooth or USB once I’m back with my desktop. Others are as well. Please give us this option! Let those that actually need cloud sync pay for that service, and provide a reasonably priced perpetual license version for those that don’t.”

            ^This is a fantastic Idea. I would have thought An option to use your current Cloud subscription If you have one or just a Usb cable if you cannot afford 120 a year for a mobile app.

        • By CJ Berry - 4:44 AM on April 11, 2014  

          I get the need for a subscription to support the cloud, and $120 per year is not that bad. But I would like the option for a non-cloud mobile LightRoom that syncs through USB. My big issue is that there is no type of pricing guarantee. If I sign up for the $9.99 per month subscription, I agree to this price for the first year only. The is no indication that the price will remain anywhere near this price after the first year. I am resistant to learning a new workflow, and potentially loving it if I have no idea what the price might be after the first year. The terms of the subscription make it sound like this is a special trial or first time rate.

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:44 PM on April 11, 2014  

            Hi CJ, What we’ve said is $9.99 is *the* (ongoing) price, not a first year promo. There are currently no plans to increase the price. We can’t, however, say the price won’t ever go up because we need to take in account inflation.

  • By Casademike - 10:18 PM on April 7, 2014  

    People I know were most interested in importing from camera in the field. Doing basic sorting, ranking and tagging so that work could be complete when they are back at their computer for real editing work.

    It seems like this is the functionality you have paid the least amount of attention to. No ranking? Really? But hey, at least I can take a picture with my iPhone and easily send it to my Lightroom library so I can match the color of my landscapes to some guy’s green chair!

    • By lou - 8:43 AM on April 10, 2014  

      I would be most interested in importing from camera in the field to ipad lightroom mobile. Doing basic sorting, ranking and tagging so that work could be complete when I am back at desktop computer for real editing work.

      otherwise the lightroom mobile app is totally useless. waste of money!

    • By Jacques Cornell - 3:54 AM on February 19, 2015  

      I’m surprised that Adobe chose to focus on LrM as a presentation tool (of which there are already many) and an adjustment tool (for which a desktop computer is much better suited) rather than a field review & triage tool.

  • By Ken - 10:22 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Why subscription based only? What about hobbyists (yes, there are some people who do not make money to justify the cost of subscription software) who know their way around a camera and Lightroom? LR for the iPad has been talked about for a long time, not until now do we find out that the app costs $9.99 a month.

    • By Ken - 10:23 PM on April 7, 2014  

      Wait — plus….I already own desktop version – no need for me to upgrade, no need for me to go to CC, but I cannot use this iPad app?

      how can the best news of the week be the most disappointing?


      • By GaryPM - 12:23 PM on April 9, 2014  

        Totally agree

    • By Muyiwa - 5:54 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Most hobbyists I know can afford $10 a month. I’m opposed to subscription software also but whining about it hasn’t solved it so far so I buckled and paid. And honestly I’m glad I did. I get features added to photoshop pretty regularly so that’s a nice change. Also the app doesn’t cost $10/month – that covers Photoshop Cc, Lightroom, the app, behance and more.

  • By Josh - 10:35 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Total crap that this is subscription-based. I too have now purchased LR and three upgrades (happily), why should I now start paying what’s essentially a royalty just for a bit of convenience?!

    It’s virtually impossible for this to be pirated on iOS, therefore no justifiable reason for a subscription other than making far more money than the product is worth. $120 a year? Give me a break. I will never buy into subscription-based software, it’s simply not a fair model. Do yourselves a favor and rethink this sales model.

  • By Endre Ofstad - 10:39 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Hi, I just want to second all the others with regard to lack of android support and subscription-only. Like the previous comment said:

    “how can the best news of the week be the most disappointing?”

  • By Livingimage - 10:40 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Subscription based? Really? Are you really putting so much effort into driving loyal users away? Listen to your customers who have been with you for years!

  • By Marc - 10:42 PM on April 7, 2014  

    I’m not interested in cloud and/or subscription services for my software tools. I want my tools to be my own. They should be fully functional without internet tethering and without ongoing fees. If I were a mechanic, I would never lease my set of tools from a tool supplier, I would own them outright, giving me freedom to do what I want, when I want, for as long as I want.

    The move toward ongoing fee based products that tech companies are pushing is completely selfish and based in avarice.

    If your products are good enough that people want to use them, they will continue to support and purchase them from you.

    The type of control through leashed, continuous revenue stream only shows a company’s lack of self-confidence in their products and services. It’s identical to how individuals treat each other in a personal relationship where any type of control by either party shows a lack of self confidence, a lowering of the other’s position to make one feel more superior and boost their self image. It shows that a company feels that its products can’t stand on their own and therefore, a move toward vendor lock-in techniques such as ongoing license fees which hold the user hostage and proprietary formats ensues.

    Adobe should grown up and mature as a company. Your products are good enough that they stand on their own. You’re better than this.

  • By InTheMist Photo - 11:00 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Great feature, but I am never, ever, ever going subscription.

    I’ve invested many hundreds of dollars exploring alternatives or just doing without. Please, stop this.

  • By Peter - 11:04 PM on April 7, 2014  

    You can keep your subscription based software and stick them in a place where there is very little light.

  • By Ove - 11:19 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Sorry. It sounds promising, but there is no point in even trying it out, if you can’t continue using it without a subscription.

  • By Jason - 11:22 PM on April 7, 2014  

    I don’t understand all the complaining. 120 dollars a year for the latest photoshop and Lightroom, not to mention we now get Lightroom mobile. That’s a fantastic deal for someone like me who could never afford to buy all these apps as standalone purchases outright. Adobe moving to a subscription model was the best thing they’ve done in years. I’m a very casual photographer and even I don’t find it difficult to pay that every month. For professionals, it’s a no-brainer.

    • By Donald - 11:36 PM on April 7, 2014  

      Jason, are you serious? $120/yr is no deal. I don’t need a payment plan and I don’t rent.

    • By Sandi - 12:33 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Jason, it’s a shame you (and Adobe) don’t seem to understand. You are right that it wouldn’t be a big deal for those like yourself who are casual photographers – who, probably are just purchasing to use this software for the first time. In that sense, this model “might” make sense. But to say, it’s a no brainer for professionals is ludicrous. Most professionals like myself have already spent (most of us more than a few times) and invested hundreds of dollars on Lr and Ps not to mention other software. To ask us to re-purchase to “use” the same software just to be allowed to use one new feature is in fact absolutely ridiculous. Would you spend an additional $120 a year to use something for which you already own? Regardless of who we are, or how we use or invest in our photography, I don’t think it makes sense at any time to shell out money twice for the same product, only to be able to use it mobile. At the end of the day, a stand alone fee for the Mobile App would have made much more sense, giving people, who have already purchased Lr5 & Ps5 (4 and 3 and 2 ect…) a choice. And, quite frankly, (just a reasonable presumption here) it would seem that most of the people interested in the Mobile App would have been people who had actually already purchased the actual Desktop Software versions since the Creative Cloud model is so new.
      I would have loved to use this new Mobile Lr, as so many have said – it was a long time coming and to have not thought out different ways to allow people to use it (in a subscription or not) forces many to not use it.

      Dare I even suggest, if Adobe had of considered a stand alone subscription fee of ⅓ the price set now (to simply use the Mobile feature without the other Creative Cloud items) in other words, without forcing people to pay for its use together with product which we already own… might have made it less unattractive for some of us, might have made it begrudgingly do-able.

      OR, creating an actual new version of Lr6 (with other new features) whereby asking people to pay the subscription fee ($9.99/mo – the cost that is being asked) would then at minimim, have made more sense instead of forcing people to pay for something they already own. It’s safe to say, if Adobe doesn’t offer a new version of Lr6 in or out of the CC (since Adobe is trying to move their product into the Cloud) sadly many current Lr3-5 product users will not be investing in this Mobile feature. It doesn’t make good financial or good software sense to do so. As it stands, it’s double dipping on Adobe’s part.

      Adobe has seemingly made it applealing for the Jason’s of the word to get on board. How about trying to make it appealing (or at least less painful) for the rest of us who are already on board and need the product for their work? Why not create a one time “Upgrade to the Cloud” Fee consisting of Lr6, Ps7 and Mobile Lr!

      • By Jason - 1:33 AM on April 8, 2014  

        Yes, of course I agree with your comments. I’m in a different situation to you. If I’d already paid many times over, it wouldn’t be appealing. Hopefully Adobe can help everyone out. People (like yourself) who may have been loyal customers for many years need to be looked after too.

      • By Craig - 8:53 AM on April 8, 2014  

        You’re not paying to use what you already own. You can already use what you already own because…. you already own it.

        WHat you don’t own is the latest LR and PS versions. That’s what you’d be paying for. and less than £9 a month for both this mighty applications is a bargain, and the people who are complaining that this meagre cost is somehow them being made to pay to use what they already own are quite honestly cutting their noses of to spite their own faces.

        I mean, how outrageous to have to pay for a complete new version!

        • By Michael - 5:54 PM on April 8, 2014  

          Sorry, was Lightroom 6 released? For those of us who bought a full license for LR5 and don’t need Photoshop, this is disappointing.

        • By Sandi - 8:40 PM on April 9, 2014  

          Lr5 is the latest version, which as far as I am aware is the version being offered in the CC. I had already wrote and suggested that Adobe upgrading Lr6 or adding new features would have made this cost less intrusive to those who have the current version of Lr.

          As others have said, it’s just dissapointing to ask people who “WANT” to use the mobile app to pay for it suggesting that’s cost outweighs the cost of Lr5 and Ps6 (for those who have the latests versions already). Otherwise, as I stated, we are paying to use what we already have already paid for. All that’s being said over and over is that there should be a way for whom this product was made to help (the professional on the road for example) not to end up costing more than it’s current value. It will perhaps make better sense when the attached products being offered are newer than what already exists out there in use.

          Having said that, I’ve spent a little time playing with it to see if it’s worth the additional cost. And for it to be worth it to a community who already have the current Lr and Ps products, it’s a bit lacking. But perhaps I am missing something? Would have definitely liked to see Keywording, and other editing features.

          Adobe: Is Keywording a possibility? How about the ability to spot heal or clone? What about Grad Filters? There are other apps (with one time fees) out there with these various tools, so I have to imagine that it’s not impossible – especially in an ongoing subscription basis!!

      • By Dan3871 - 7:59 PM on April 9, 2014  

        I agree 100 percent I own both CS6 and Lightroom 5 and have spent a lot of money keeping them updated. and also a member of NAPP which I pay a nice premium. And now they want $9.99 a month for the rest of my life. So now that the cloud is here does this men that LR 5 and PS6 which I have spent a lot of hard earned money to buy is as far as I will go and will not be updated any more unless I subscribe to the cloud?

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:22 AM on April 10, 2014  

          We’re still selling CS6 and just released a Camera Raw update (8.4) for CS6. The Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that. Lightroom also just received an update (5.4) for bug fixes and new camera support.

    • By Michal - 3:40 AM on April 8, 2014  

      But i do not need Photoshop and for price of one year subscription I can buy standalone version of Lightroom. So now Adobe is offering me one new app but they require to pay for two other which I do not need (PS) or already have (LR).

    • By Julliette Carignan - 1:20 PM on April 14, 2014  

      Hi Jason,
      I add my voice to those who aren’t pros who can’t justify and write off software expenses. Even if I’d buy the argument that $10/mo is a good value vs paying for upgrades periodically, another factor is that I prefer flexibility to manage my cash flow in relation to very uneven income from year to year. I want to be able to time update purchases at times when my cash is flowing abundantly and have the option to defer expenses during lean times. Once I buy into a subscription model, I’d have to pay steadily even during periods of low income when it could be the difference between being able to afford things far more core to my life than Lightroom. This is even more of a concern in view of the trend of steadily paying permanent jobs being replaced 50% of the time now with short term contract gigs which raises and the potential for frequent lean periods between gigs.

      For that reason, I simply won’t go for subscription pricing. I’m totally bummed that Lightroom Mobile isn’t available to me, a paid Lightroom user. I’d be happy to pay once for the app and occasionally for updates, again at a time that’s good for my cash flow. And I’d forego Cloud syncing since that’s apparently what’s so costly for Adobe. So I add my voice to other angry long-time Adobe customers of Lightroom and Photoshop.

    • By AJ - 11:27 AM on April 28, 2014  

      He is one thing you are missing about why people are complaining… most of us upgraded to LR Desktop Version 5 earlier this year and paid $100+ for the CD copy, so now Adobe is giving out these other offers PS+LR+LR mobile (Cloud version for $120)? how do you think user like us feel about this? we can’t just paid another $120 just to get the LR Mobile. Yes, it’s a great deal if you are new or ready to upgrade to a new version of LR or PS.

    • By bummedcustomer - 2:05 PM on August 11, 2014  

      Agree, this sales model, could be great, in combination for new emerging users without significant investment, with those that have invested hundreds or thousands on existing adobe software licensing. In the photography business, lightroom is one of the great tools used to not only organize, but to post process our work, as artists, and as small business owners making our voices heard in regards to a vendor’s policy of change would be paramount. Unfortunately the only voice heard within these parameters is that of letting adobe know through their bottom line profits that their experiment either works or not, perhaps its time to stretch our invested licensing as far as possible and make adobe feel our woes, after all we all do business together, lets not purchase the monthly subscription to show them that the renewable markets such as leasing software isn’t something many are willing to do, cost based or not. After all the next step is that they take lightroom 6 off the “drive” and only the “lease” option is available, imagine a world where nobody owns their own car, but we lease them from the manufactures, market niche, not mainstay.

  • By Donald - 11:31 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Interested……but not with a subscription. Idiocy!

  • By Lorrie Prothero - 11:40 PM on April 7, 2014  

    10/ a month is insane! don’t need it that badly

  • By Klaus - 11:50 PM on April 7, 2014  

    Not interested.
    Just one more step to the unwanted cloud applications.

  • By Archie - 12:04 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I have purchased every version of Lightroom. I would happily purchase the app for my iPad. But I will not purchase a monthly subscription. As an amateur photographer, the my level of usage does not justify the cost.

    Shame on Adobe!

  • By Steve Groom - 12:12 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Where are the keyword editing and filtering options ?

  • By Greg - 12:24 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Totally agree on the lack of Android support, not even a mention! Seems a poor choice from the Adobe marketing team considering Apple iOS only has a 15.6% market share compared to 78.4% for Android (Source: Gartner:
    I’m not so against the subscription model. It’s a fair price IF you want/use Photoshop too. It would be nice to have the option to simply purchase LR as a standalone app, but ultimately, the Adobe developers wrote the app so they can choose to sell it how the hell they like. After all, businesses are there to make a profit not to be a service to photographers.

    • By Tom Luongo - 5:59 AM on April 8, 2014  

      The statistic is for smart phones. Lightroom Mobile is an app for the iPad. The iPad is a more consistent development target for tablets. Android is customized enough by tablet manufacturers that it makes total sense to release Lightroom Mobile first on the iPad.

  • By Nickie Fønshauge - 1:10 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I am on the Photoshop Photography Program – and Windows/Android – and am as such paying the same amount as the iCrap users. I feel screwed right now. Shame on you, Adobe!

    • By Patrick Garrett - 10:14 PM on April 8, 2014  

      If you are already in the Photoshop Photography Program I’m pretty sure there is no additional charge.

      • By Patrick Garrett - 10:16 PM on April 8, 2014  

        But alas at this point there is no Android version. Hopefully Adobe is already working on the Android version.

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:23 AM on April 9, 2014  

          From the FAQ:

          Will Lightroom mobile support iPhone?
          An iPhone version of Lightroom mobile will not be available at release, but is in development.

          Will Lightroom mobile support Android devices?
          An Android version of Lightroom mobile will not be available at release, but is in development.

          • By Lightbrigade - 10:19 AM on May 11, 2014  

            Having been loyal to Adobe, since PS2 – CC subscription service, I find it disenchanting that a company I’ve respected and held close to my heart (albeit with the expense of upgrades and now monthly subscriptions), has decided to offer this application only to idrones. Maybe Adobe should have waited until both platforms were available before release.

            I am not a hobbyist. I am interested in the quality and availability of the product I have signed on to use, as an instrument and streamlining tool for my work, being loyal to me. I understand the grab Adobe is making toward ipad “photographers”, but The argument of the percentages of apple users is moot, since the application is not available to droid. How can a scientific comparison really be made?

            I have this recurring nightmare that Adobe is purchased by apple and only made available through safari in the mobile only display version. Adobe, please don’t forget the working photograper that may be ambidextrous to apple and droid, or just prefer android. Do not let LR become apple’s Nik Collection!

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:24 AM on April 9, 2014  

        That statement is correct, but as another reply states, there isn’t an Android version currently, but one is in the works.

  • By Eric - 1:19 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Who cares on the iCrap-thingy-toys with low memory. Port LR-Mobile to Android where you can extend memory easily. There it’s possible to work on catalogs filled with raws.
    By the way: I like the photographer program. Affordable even as a hobby photographer.

    • By Adam - 5:45 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Eric, Android is also for tablet toys with low memory. If you want professional stuff on the road, the only choice is a Windows 8 tablet. My Surface Pro 2 can run the full Adobe CC suit and any other professional-grade software beautifully (especially with the pressure sensitive Wacom stylus). The 8Gb of RAM is nice too.

      • By Craig - 8:55 AM on April 8, 2014  

        I have to agree here, iPads and typical android tablets are just not up to serious RAW conversions and such. Other than quick try-outs before you get back to a desktop, I’m a little baffled why people seem to want to power use on small devices.

        That’s not to say there is no merit in it, I’m just not convinced personally.

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:59 AM on April 8, 2014  

          It’s true that full sized raw images will eat up storage on mobile devices and tax the processing power available on today’s tablets. Smart Previews help solve this problem giving your power of raw, but in tablet sized bites.

  • By Brendan - 1:20 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Not sure if I’m missing something here but Mosaic seems fine for me. All my LR is synced with my iPad. Ok I can’t edit but I can do the initial catalouging, flagging and sorting. That’s the main bit for me. Edit on desktop once back from the job.

  • By Rich - 1:30 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I really don’t get this aversion to subscription based software. For $9.99 or £8.78 you are getting the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, by far the best packages on the street, and then as we can see from this launch, access to new functionality all the time. The app is free of charge so you aren’t paying any extra for mobile functionality. I personally can’t wait to try this out with my clients.

    • By Javi - 2:03 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Rich, I do not use Photoshop, nor want it.

      I have a non CC Lightroom 5 license, so no FREE for me. It is “free” for you guys that are paying almost 150 Euro per year.


    • By steve - 3:12 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Well you would if you’d already forked out the full whack for CS6 and Lightroom 5 in the last couple of years.

  • By Nick Archer - 1:32 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Android versions should be considered in parallel with iOS. I’m comfortable with the subscription model but Adobe need to take on board that they must deliver a high quality service to justify it. Treating Android users as second-class citizens is not good enough.

    • By Nathan Smith - 1:53 AM on April 8, 2014  

      They did say they are coming out with an iPhone version, so they’ll probably come out with an Android version.

      But I can’t see editing photos well on ANY phone. An iPad is about the smallest screen I would want to use, maybe an iPad mini, but not a phone.

  • By Nathan Smith - 1:49 AM on April 8, 2014  

    While I do understand the frustration of those that have purchased LIghtroom 5 and not being able to use Lightroom mobile, I don’t understand the general opposition to subscription software. You never really “own” any piece of software. You merely”own” a license to use it.

    And honestly, those discs of Photoshop CS 2 and CS 3 that are sitting in my closet aren’t doing me any good!

    One other thing to consider. If you want to own Lightroom, and it does come out every year, it is $149 to buy, but then $79 EACH year to upgrade. So for only $40 a year you also get the latest full $600 Photoshop program, a $99 a year Prosite website, and 20GB of online storage to share files, backup your stuff, etc.

    And for those of us that use both Lightroom and Photoshop, this SO MUCH CHEAPER than the old program, EVEN if you skipped versions of Photoshop, which I used to sometimes do. And if you skipped, you could be using up to a 3 year old version of Photoshop. With the CC program you always have the latest version of everything.

    And IF you are a professional photographer, but you can’t afford $9.99 a month, you’re not a professional photographer!

    • By Jason - 2:51 AM on April 8, 2014  

      That’s kind of how I see it. In the UK, a monthly subscription which includes PS, LR, LR Mobile and 20GB of storage costs the same as a packet of cigarettes. It is ridiculously cheap.

    • By steve - 3:17 AM on April 8, 2014  

      So your mark of being a professional is ones willingness to accept that after paying full whack for CS6 and Lightroom 5 one is then happy to go to a monthly subscription sevice – you need to reassess your values of professionalism – ant decent accountant would tell you the lack of depreatiation versus the benefit doesn’t make commercial sense to the photographer and it’s only Adobe who benefit.

    • By Michal - 3:44 AM on April 8, 2014  

      But there are many of us who do not need Photoshop, I am completelly happy with old copy of Photoshop Elements.

      • By sam - 7:34 PM on April 8, 2014  

        10/month is fine – but what happens after the 12 month honey moon period is over? WHat is the cost then??

        • By Michal - 1:14 AM on April 9, 2014  

          Price can go up….. Btw. for Europe is that not 10usd per month but nearly 17usd per month (12,25 eur) which is insane.

  • By Momen - 2:16 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Nice app
    No Android copy
    No Purchase option
    Bottom line … DISAPPOINTING!

  • By Jeff - 2:32 AM on April 8, 2014  

    DOA with subscription service…

  • By Spike - 3:03 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Mobile Lightroom great, but no Android such a pity.
    Also, direct camera to tablet tethering would be good, ideally wirelessly. Eyeffi not sufficiently fast or reliable, readers require removal of cards.

  • By Matt - 3:05 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Subscription-only = no sale. Full stop. I’m with Archie above. I’m a casual/amateur photographer trying to learn and improve. The mere thought of having to *rent* software and have my extremely modest work be at the mercy of a subscription makes me ill. I can only imagine what a professional who depends on these tools must think!

    Ditch the subscriptions and go back to permanent copies, Adobe.

  • By Cam Miller - 3:10 AM on April 8, 2014  


    Jeez… I don’t want my files in the cloud. I don’t want a cloud subscription service. I don’t always have internet because I’m the middle of nowhere sometimes … and sometimes, when I do have it, it’s real slow.

    I DO want to use my iPad to fool around with photos when I don’t want to use my laptop, like on a plane. I DO want to transfer photos by using a cable.

    I would gladly pay for these features.

    Why do you have to screw over the people that don’t like the cloud? People that have paid multiple, multiple thousands of dollars on your software in the past.

    Looking forward to better options (hopefully).

    • By atpc - 6:04 AM on April 8, 2014  

      We have very slow internet connection (at the office and at home).
      max. upload = 60kB/s.
      Unusable for any cloud usage !
      Please direct sync between LR and _Andorid_ devices !
      No slow cloud.
      Please !


  • By steve - 3:20 AM on April 8, 2014  

    A new captcha – with answer provided

    No android + Subscription only = No sale

  • By tobenama - 3:28 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Why no support for Smart Collections? I’d like to have the photos from the past week with me, automatically, without updating a collection on a computer.

    • By Greg - 5:42 AM on April 8, 2014  

      I was really bummed about the lack of Smart Collections in the iPad version. Being able to take anything from the last week, or anything with a certain tag would be great.

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:14 AM on April 8, 2014  

        Thanks for the request.

        • By tobenama - 2:04 AM on April 9, 2014  

          Thanks for listening! This is truly an essential, but missing feature. Please add it in your future version.

  • By Patrick - 3:32 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I have been waiting for this for a looong time. But a subscription is an immediate show stopper for me. Actually, I would be prepared to pay for a subscripion, but only if it would include cloud storage for all originals, including all edits to be replicated over all devices. With a local backup option of course.

    Basically the way iTunes in the Cloud works, but for photos.

  • By McL - 5:04 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Subscription … NEVER!
    btw: Why not for Android?!?

    • By Tom Luongo - 6:02 AM on April 8, 2014  

      iOS is dominant on tablets even if it lags on smartphones. Lightroom Mobile is an iPad only app. Doesn’t make sense to develop something like that for a small screen.

  • By Zach Swan - 5:10 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I was briefly excited. Then I saw that the only way to have this was to participate in the awful raping that is your subscription model and I realized this was something that I will never have. No interest at all in a monthly fee model. This is a huge fail.

  • By Rod - 5:23 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Android based tablets?

  • By astro - 5:53 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Looks promising! What I really need is to be able to plug in my SD card via the camera connection kit and get images off my camera and into Lightroom Mobile so that they can sync, with edits and flags, back to Lightroom on my desktop when I get home. While they’re on the iPad I want to be able to edit them, then share them to Facebook, Twitter, etc. while on the road. My requirement is probably impractical for RAW shooters with TONS of images on their cards, but this would really solve the problem of having to bring a laptop with me on vacation when all I want is to get my vacation shots edited and uploaded to Facebook and PhotoStream for friends and family.

    • By Neil - 6:08 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Possible future updates, I’m sure.

  • By Tom Luongo - 6:05 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I have no problem with the subscription model at all. Think of it as paying $10/month to allow syncing your Lightroom desktop editing with the free iPad app. It’s perfectly reasonable to pay for the service.

    • By sam - 7:36 PM on April 8, 2014  

      $10 is fine – But what price is it after 12 months?

      • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:26 AM on April 9, 2014  

        $9.99 is *the* (ongoing) price, not a first year promo. There are currently no plans to increase the price. We can’t, however, say the price won’t ever need to go up to account for inflation.

  • By Neil - 6:06 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Why do those people in the video keep calling it mobul when it’s Mobile?

  • By Joao - 6:07 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Great addition, but I’m a PC + Android photographer so I guess I’ll have to wait for the Android version.
    Also, I aldready have 50GB Dropbox storage that I’d rather use instead of Adobe Cloud.. Will this ever be supported? I sure would prefer that!

  • By Tom Luongo - 6:09 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I’m perfectly content with the subscription model. And being able to sync Lightroom editing on the iPad is a nice bonus because I subscribe to Creative Cloud for other reasons.

    But it is frustrating that the new functionality does not work for me!!!! If Adobe is going to give us this new feature, they need to support it better. When I try to login to Creative Cloud from inside Lightroom (whether on my desktop or through the iPad app), I receive the message “Lightroom mobile subscription expired” so I am unable to use Lightroom mobile.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:17 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Hi Tom, Sorry about that. The team is looking into why a handful of customers are getting the message “Lightroom mobile subscription expired.” We’ll send you details via email.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:12 PM on April 8, 2014  

      Hi Tom, the team reset your account. Are you able to access LR mobile now?

  • By Photosmith User - 7:42 AM on April 8, 2014  

    For everyone upset about the subscription option, check out PhotoSmith:
    I’ve been using it for a couple years now. The developers really got it right with Photosmith and it’s significantly less expensive than Lightroom Mobile and no monthly charges!

  • By Robert Meyer - 8:06 AM on April 8, 2014  

    NO to the subscription model. And if/when LR ever goes subscription only, I’m done.

  • By Jayson - 8:34 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Have just tried this App,

    The stupid thing is that my collection needs to be uploaded online, and downloaded back to the iPad, Which takes forever, it also precludes using the app in the field (The way Capture pilot works) They should allow the mac to transfer the smart previews directly via wifi to the iPad, and send another copy to the cloud (cloud base is good if we are editing photos on the go but not for on location shooting.

    2nd Major issue, it doesn’t sync the complete collection, Desktop Lightroom says I have 1226 images but Lightroom mobile says 1222, so what are the 4 missing pics? In another collection I have 75 photos but Lightroom mobile only sees 62 (deleting and resyncing fixed this)

    3rd as this requires CC membership it’s clearly for professionals , having iPhone photos automatically import is nice for the kids snapshots, however please focus on the professional needs, especially faster and more ACCURATE syncing

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:08 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Thanks for the feedback. We call that a “field triage” workflow and it’s not something we’re tackling for version 1. We definitely see the need but there are a number of technology hurdles we need to address before you can have a workflow even beginning to approach usable.

      • By Jayson - 7:50 PM on April 8, 2014  

        Hi Jeffery thanks for replying to our posts.

        Is there any workaround for the discrepancy in the number of photos synched?
        after a whole night I still have 1226 photos in my collection and only 1222 synched.


        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:46 AM on April 9, 2014  

          Hi Jayson, I’m investigating that. Have an email out to the team.

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:51 AM on April 9, 2014  

          Are there any videos in that collection?

          • By Jayson - 6:09 AM on April 10, 2014  

            Nope no videos, some problem with another collection of 75 photos, only synced 66 but work the second time round

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:04 AM on April 10, 2014  

            Does show 1222 or 1226? Also, where does Lr say 1226 images? All synced photographs? Or is this just the count for that collection? If it’s just the count for the collection, are there any images in the All Sync Error (I think that’s what it’s called) special collection?

          • By Jayson - 7:13 PM on April 10, 2014  

            Hi Jeffery

            It shows 1226 in the collection that I want to sync. on it shows 1222, there is no allsyncerror or anything like that. All synced Photographs shows 1222.

          • By Jayson - 7:11 PM on April 11, 2014  

            Hi Jeffery

            I’ve tried syncing another couple of catalogues seems to be no problems, maybe that whats just some launch day hiccups, Cheers

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:44 AM on April 12, 2014  

            Thanks Jayson. Possibly. Could be catalog specific. Keep an eye on it and let us know if you see it again or figure out reproducible steps.

  • By Ralph Daily - 8:47 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I can sign in on the iPad LR app fine (no images though) but get an error message when attempting sign in on LR 5.4. The message is “Lightroom has experienced an unexpected Sign In failure. Please try again later. (attempt to index a nil value)”. Photoshop CC works fine as well as the iPad LR app.

  • By John Lehet - 9:34 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I won’t beat the subscription dead horse; I’d still rather buy it. Having already subscribed, I’m very excited about this. It’s funny, because just in the last week I’ve spent time using Jeffrey Friedl’s excellent plugin to sync collections with flickr sets so I can view images on the iPad and at least know the file names, and to offload a bit of the iPad NAND into the cloud. This is much much better, I assume. Have yet to really dig in, but the potential has me more enthusiastic about Adobe than I’ve been for a long time.

    It needs to be able to synch smart collections.

    If images move in and out of the synced collection (for example I would certainly sync a rolling collection of the last 30 or 45 days most recent work), it seems it might be tricky to manage the smart previews as well as jumping through extra hoops to manage the collections on the desktop, assuming I don’t want to take up a whole lot of disk space on the laptop with smart previews for every single image. The images that get synced need to have smart previews, but images might go in-and-out of being synced.

    I have three interdependent sets of photos that I’d love to work on on the iPad — everything rated 2 star or better; everything I know I want to work on; everything I want to push through to publish on my site. The point of the iPad review is to change the ratings: say the two star image is revealed to be a gem, and it will be published. I give it the new tag, so it’s out of the general pool and into the to-publish pool (in my smart collections). But, I have to do work to adjust the synced collections to reflect this change.

    Sync with smart collections, please — and thanks!

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:40 AM on April 8, 2014  

      Hi John, Thanks for the request. Smart Collection syncing is a request I’ve been hearing a lot of today.

  • By John Lehet - 10:25 AM on April 8, 2014  

    It’s working away in the background now while I work on a project, and I have to say it is a lot easier on the CPU thrash than the jfriedl lightroom-flickr plugin, my most recent stab at a cloud solution. That plugin really gets the fans roaring when I sync, and syncing is forever with a large collection. I think there is a lot of chit-chat with flickr. In comparison, that is unusable. (but the smart collection is good!)

    So thanks for having an easy-on-the-work-enviromment background process. That’s important, because it can end up running for a lot of hours. I hardly know it’s running. Excited to try it.

  • By Kevin Reynolds - 10:27 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I have no problem with the subscription if it continues to bring new features like this. I paid for every upgrade of CS and LR. and through the subscription I am continuing to do so. I got over the whole I don’t own it for ever mantra and yes its just another business expense for me.

    Now on to the product. Thank you, its about time. However a few things you need to do to catch up to apps like fotosmith.

    1. Any collection or collection sets including smart collections.
    2. Keywords please. I was super stoked to realize I was going to be able to plop on the couch with the kids while I did my initial culling workflow only to find they most critical aspect, keywords, missing from the application.
    3. Watermarking – needs to have watermarking ability, even rudimentary would be sufficient, in the sharing side of things. For example sharing the collection publicly is of no use at the moment because right click and download is possible. This could be a huge benefit if we have some way to mark our images.
    4. direct sync via wifi for speed! 😉

    great start as I play I am sure I will find more. I for one would dedicate an entire Ipad for just a fuller LR experience. Global edits and full metadata management and you have a winner. Might even get a chicken dinner.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:03 PM on April 8, 2014  

      Hi Kevin, thanks for the feedback.

      • By Olin - 10:57 AM on May 22, 2014  

        I agree. The mobile app would be much better if I could pick, rate, and keyword photos. I am really only going to use my desktop for serious editing. The mobile app is really only a convenient way to get some workflow done on the run.

  • By Jonathan - 11:02 AM on April 8, 2014  

    I gotta at least interject some kudos for Adobe in the midst of all this negativity. I feel they are making some very wise decisions: the future of computing (and the present) is not machine dependent. Those who work in networked situations understand this already. The ability to go to any networked computer, log in, and access all your content is invaluable. Tie that to the cloud, and the power is incredible. Adobe has made great advances – I find that those who resist this natural move to cloud-based computing are much like the ones who resisted the film to digital transition. They believed it could never be better, and it’s not – it’s different. And it’s the way it’s done now.

    As for subscription pricing, as a freelance photographer and designer, there’s no way I could ever afford to buy the Creative Suite in one go – but a monthly subscription is the price of two coffees at Starbucks. Three if you drink black.

    I only hope there is an Android version in the works.

  • By John Lehet - 11:12 AM on April 8, 2014  

    Oh dear, I didn’t realize no keywords! Please, I know you’re working hard on this; keywords will make it usable for me. I see I can flag, but in my use I need a little more info than a flag. I guess in some cases it will be obvious what the flag means. Better than nothing.

    I have a not-great DSL connection, and the performance is quite usable on the ipad. It’s good, workable. Go team!

    Another feature request, unless I’m missing something: you’ll need some kind of progress indicator on the sync so we know when it’s done. The Jeffrey Freidl publish plug ins are a good model — they tell you exactly what’s going on with the sync (and in the expanded context of a smart collection, where actions can trigger a republish or a deletion from the sync-set).

  • By Javier Ros - 1:07 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I´ve purchased Adobe Lightroom because this is the program I need, I don´t need the Photoshop (It´s an amazing program but beyond my needs), so I don´t understand:

    Why do I have to pay for a program (Lightroom) again?
    Why do I have to pay for a program I don´t want (Photoshop)?
    Why the price in EEUU is 9.99$ = 7.2 euros, and in Europe it cost 12.29 euros, it´s near the double!!!

    I can understand that I have to pay for a Cloud Storage, and Sync option, that´s something reasonable, but I cannot understand all these concerns. I would expect to be able to pay only for the cloud storage, or a refund for my Lightroom license and a option to contract only Lightroom for a more appropriate price.

    Please, can anybody in Adobe help me to understand you?

  • By Graham Hilling - 3:06 PM on April 8, 2014  

    For a start, great to see a mobile app. However, while I understand why Adobe has chosen the iPad as its’ mobile device of choice, this device is really not so great for serious photography.

    Sync via the cloud? Come on, how long is this going to take when I may take 8gb plus of images in an evening (and I know a lot of people for whom 8gb is just getting warmed up). No external drive connectivity, Apples restrictive policies, simplistic syncing… the best thing about the IPad is the screen (which is indeed top notch) but the are so many other limitations that I would go for an IPad.

    Android could be good but is still a bit immature so I’m left thinking that windows tablets really are the best bet (I surprised myself!). Hopefully Adobe will be looking to roll out a mobile version for all platforms…..

    Until then, I’ll stick with rating on the tablet and proper editing back at home!

    • By Graham Hilling - 3:08 PM on April 8, 2014  

      That should read “I would NOT go for an IPad”!

    • By Jayson - 7:47 PM on April 8, 2014  

      Graham, actually it’s surprisingly fast to sync through the cloud, it’s faster than photosmith. It makes good use of smart previews 1200(5dmk2 and d700) photos takes 2GB of space on the iPad.

      However that said, if they used direct wifi connection, it’d be way way faster and it’d work in the field as well

  • By Stewart Aitchison - 3:15 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Having the mobile app as a subscription is a rip-off. I teach photo workshops for two nationally known organizations. In the the past, I have recommended Adobe Lightroom to my students. However, I will be cautioning them about your subscription plan. I might even encourage them to use one of the excellent open source programs.

  • By walker north - 3:18 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Hi, Just read about the Lightroom mobile release. How much are you lowering the subscription rate for non-Apple subscribers? We shouldn’t have to pay for supporting Apple products.
    And, no I’m not kidding.

  • By John Lehet - 4:10 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I’m sure there’s a big load on your servers today, and I know my DSL is only middling. I got about 427 photos onto my iPad after 6.5 hours of running the sync. I’m happy to have them there, and there will be more days at my desk. I would have gotten over twice that pushed onto Flickr over that period, and with keywords (though without the ability to get changed keywords synced back to Lightroom.)

    I’m not complaining — something is much better than nothing. This is progress and I can find some use. I also won’t complain that I don’t have a personal jet pack or hovercraft. It is what it is. Keep working, and I will too.

  • By Michelle H - 4:23 PM on April 8, 2014  

    So I’m playing with it a bit. I can pick and reject which is nice, but then I can’t filter on my picks to just edit those on the iPad, or just immediately delete my rejects so I can be done with those? Or am I missing something in the app?

  • By Bill - 4:33 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I am an armature photographer and I am done with Adobe. Upgraded to Ps CS6 and LR5 and its over. A Co. that sells its software by subscription locks you in to their product and has less incentive to innovate, and no incentive to be competitive because they have virtually eliminated their competition by locking you in. Their only incentive is to offer you a deal they think you cant resist like CC PS & LR at $9.99 a month and then raise the price later (as the will)or begin to offer new features as apps like LRM that would double your monthly cost. As a consumer it is not wise to buy in to this model.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:58 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Bill,

      The Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that. Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee.

      $9.99 is *the* (ongoing) price, not a first year promo. We can’t say the price won’t ever go up because we need to take in account inflation. We also can’t say the price won’t ever go down. For example, Lightroom’s price was cut in half between Lightroom 3 and 4 – and Photoshop’s perpetual license price has gone both up and down over its 23 year history.

      Further, since memberships/subscriptions were introduced, the price has actually gone down version over version while we’ve also added value:

      * Photoshop CS5.5 $29.99/month
      * Photoshop CS6 $19.99/month (10GB of storage)
      * Photoshop CC Photography Program (2013) $9.99/month for PS and LR + Behance Prosite and 20GB of storage)
      * Photoshop CC Photography Program (2014) $9.99/month for PS and LR + + LR Mobile + Behance Prosite and 20GB of storage)

      Suite pricing also went down while also adding value:

      * Design Premium CS5.5 $89/month
      * Master Collection CS5.5 $129/month
      * CS6/CC $49.99/month (Master Collection + Lightroom + Edge web tools, Behance Prosite, 20GB of storage, Typekit, DPS, Business Catalyst – hosting for 5 website, etc)

  • By John Lehet - 4:43 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Right now the LR app is taking 7 or 8 seconds to load each photo if I flip though at larger size. Using the app Flickr Studio, flipping from one large flickr image to the next is instant.

  • By Benjamin - 4:59 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Until this is on Android (or windows mobile if we really want to get picky) I think Adobe needs to stop using the word Mobile when talking about this iOS only version of Lightroom. It gives the false impression it’s available on ANY mobile device when its really just limited to Apple’s ecosystem. Please show Android more love adobe.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:51 AM on April 9, 2014  

      iPhone and Android are in development.

      From the FAQ:

      Will Lightroom mobile support iPhone?
      An iPhone version of Lightroom mobile will not be available at release, but is in development.

      Will Lightroom mobile support Android devices?
      An Android version of Lightroom mobile will not be available at release, but is in development.

  • By John Lehet - 6:24 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I wonder if there is a way to force the app to download all images at once? As it is,it’s nice once the photos are cached. But to cache them it seems I have to wait several seconds for each to fully load? Is there a trick?

    • By simonsaith - 10:15 PM on April 8, 2014  

      Yes. In the collecion list view, click on the “…” On the bottom right corner of the album cover, check “Enable Offline Editing”.

  • By Rick - 6:45 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I love Adobe products but…3 months before the roll out of the Adobe Creative Cloud… I was seeing advertised everywhere, amazing reduced pricing on Adobe software of all sorts…I was very excited and purchased several packages for myself and family members…my own version included the master suite…then I find out to my dismay after spending thousands on licensing…I would never be able to upgrade my software again…throw this money away and pay them more for CC…really! I will continue to use the software that I have but trust this…I will never use the creative cloud if and when opportunity arises I will use other options. shame on Adobe for leading me astray…

  • By Tony - 7:00 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Where’s the Android version?

  • By Zductive - 8:48 PM on April 8, 2014  

    This app is completely misguided. Where I want to use the app, there is no internet connectivity.
    I would happily update my desktop when I get back. Real time sync is what I get from other cloud services.

    Adobe. I purchased lightroom. I have no use for a subscription based service and will not even try it.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:46 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Zductive,

      Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee. The Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that.

  • By Ian Bowie - 11:16 PM on April 8, 2014  

    I guess part of the answer is that Adobe will offer to buy back the bought copy of Lightroom and Photoshop to give back the investment people made in the company in the past.

    I guess that doing this would mean that owners of the bought version will get a couple of years of subscription for free.

    I’m sure they are considering this as part of the business model?

  • By Ian Bowie - 11:46 PM on April 8, 2014  

    Following on , I guess we need to consider what price we would be willing offer Adobe to buy back our purchased software. Some people will put high value on owning the software. There is a precedent for such action . When Adobe introduced lightroom they exchanged the software of the company they bought.

    People don’t want two copies of lightroom / photoshop and by paying a subscription, the need for the bought copy has gone.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:41 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Ian,

      The Lightroom mobile service utilizes cloud infrastructure to seamlessly sync image data and edits between the desktop and mobile devices. Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee. It’s also important that we’re able to ensure that apps and services are always updated in tandem.

  • By bugs - 12:50 AM on April 9, 2014  

    im subscribe in CC but im using Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. is this going to android tablet?

  • By Rod Hering - 1:56 AM on April 9, 2014  

    With the limited internet capability here in South Africa, and for various other reasons, like I have no use for Photoshop. I do all of my cataloguing, adjustments exclusively in Lightroom, the mobile app would be useful, but not if I have to subscribe.
    I think this is not a clever move, sell the mobile app separately.
    Please remember there are more and more viable alternatives out there to Adobe

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:38 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Rod,

      Currently, Lightroom Mobile requires connectivity to sync. While you can import images from the Camera Roll to Lightroom Mobile and sync back down to your desktop over the ‘net, what you’re describing is what we call a “field triage” workflow and it’s not something we’re tackling for version 1. We definitely see the need for a workflow like this, but there are a few technology hurdles to get there (moving, storing, editing, syncing massive raw files on tablets isn’t really a smooth experience with today’s tablets).

  • By Jeremy Thompson - 3:33 AM on April 9, 2014  

    Happy to buy but not interested in subscribing.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:17 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Jeremy,

      Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee.

      • By Carl - 8:17 AM on April 9, 2014  

        I disagree that it cannot be offered for a one time fee. As a LR customer, I do not want to use the cloud part, simply the ipad app. I am sure there are thousands of people who would want the same. Simply offer another option for people to purchase the app minus the need for the cloud piece and there you have it. Like you, I have worked in product marketing, and given that, I know it should not be too hard for you to figure that out 🙂 The number #1 rule in product marketing is to listen to your customers, and you seem to be selectively tuning out the thousands and thousands of people who call out to you that they do not want to pay a subscription!

        If people do want to use cloud storage, then remember you can use dropbox, box or google drive with their free space if need be. Who needs to pay for it?

        Note that while I am a CC subscriber, I have never used behance nor the cloud piece. Just not interested. Its local storage for me and I can easily transfer files (much faster) using a cable or my home network. My CC subscription is temporary. I am exploring other options and and soon as I find something else viable, CC is gone.

        Give me back my paid applications (no subscriptions) and you will keep me as a customer.

        • By Alan - 1:07 PM on April 9, 2014  

          Without the cloud, you don’t have syncing.

          • By Casey - 2:01 PM on April 10, 2014  

            Computer and tablet could sync whenever tablet is connected to computer via Bluetooth or USB. Not everybody needs the sync to be cloud based.

  • By John Lehet - 5:03 AM on April 9, 2014  

    The download/view speed of the app is workable again this morning, 8am east coast. I don’t know if it’s my DSL or the adobe servers, but this is usable, yesterday evening not so much.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:31 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi John, definitely keep an eye on it. It could be the DSL/connection or on the server side. I’m going to follow up with the team to check in how launch and server bandwidth went during peak use.

  • By I Pilot - 5:54 AM on April 9, 2014  

    Wow, so many haters here.
    This is amazing news, Lightroom and raw editing on iPad have been talked about since iPad was first announced. Very excited to get this as part of the CC.

    And to people complaining about subscription model – welcome to modern world, stop whining and join the progress. Adobe is a business and this model works, so LR mobile will be used to lure more people to CC, absolutely nothing wrong with that.

    • By Alex - 6:14 AM on April 9, 2014  

      Except you can’t edit with photosmith

    • By AJ - 11:39 AM on April 28, 2014  

      Can you tell Adobe to stop making LR desktop version that doesn’t offer the same feature as the Cloud version, so we can’t stop whining. This is not about hating, this is about complaining to a company that is not taking care of loyal users by not providing options to user who recently purchased a copy of LR.

      I wouldn’t mind if Adobe charge $3 bucks for LR mobile for LR Desktop version.

  • By John Lehet - 6:43 AM on April 9, 2014  

    Photosmith: I’ve wasted an enormous amount of time with that app. Many hours, and not a bit of value. I have some hope for this Lightroom app, but I gave up on Photosmith after trying various versions.

  • By Duncan Robb - 7:09 AM on April 9, 2014  

    Please save me having to scroll through pages of comments and someone tell me how I sync collection in Lightroom so that I can find them in LR mobile. Can’t find anything in the help menu.

  • By Andy - 7:19 AM on April 9, 2014  

    I propose Adobe credit 1 year of CC (Lr/Ps) for those who already purchased both programs. I’ve purchased both and just upgrade to Lr 5 last week. This would be a win-win for all.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:48 AM on April 9, 2014  

      If you purchased within the past 30-days from you can return your product for a full a full refund:

      • By Duncan Robb - 8:37 AM on April 9, 2014  

        Thanks for the reply Jeffrey, I’ve been looking for the double ended arrow icon since I watched Terry white’s tutorial this morning but it’s not there – I’m on the latest version of LR (5.4) just updated an hour ago and there’s no icon???

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:06 PM on April 9, 2014  

          Is it a regular collection or Smart Collection. Syncing in 5.4 only works with standard collections.

  • By Michael Moore - 8:27 AM on April 9, 2014  

    It may be great, but I’m just not going to pay $120/year to occasionally edit stuff on my iPad. It would be great if Adobe would open up the architecture so that 3rd parties could develop on the platform and sync using Dropbox or Google Docs, but I doubt that will happen. As someone who upgrades only every two years or so, the subscription thing is a waste of money, so if Adobe ultimately forces everyone to a subscription model it will mean a shift to Aperture or Capture One for me.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:08 PM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Michael, the Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that – so if you don’t see value in the mobile version you don’t need to pay for it if you don’t need to use it. However, due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee.

      • By Fotao - 9:50 PM on April 10, 2014  

        That’s cute. You “offer” cloud services, and that’s why we have to pay a monthly fee. What if we don’t want cloud functionality you’re offering?

        “The Cloud” has become nothing more than a gimmicky marketing tactic used by you lame-ass software companies to guarantee a steady yearly profit stream. In the old days, you used to have to convince us a product was worth the cost of upgrading by offering innovative new features. Now you prefer to rent the software rather than sell it—so much easier to keep the revenue coming in this way, right?

        Mark my words: this trend will bite you all (Adobe, Microsoft, etc.) on the ass. There are cheaper, own-able alternatives out there to your software, and once people realize that they’re having to cough up hundreds or thousands a year just for the privilege of having a working software suite, they’ll move on (if they haven’t already…and Aperture looks better and better every day…)

  • By John Lehet - 9:36 AM on April 9, 2014  

    Duncan Robb: Another thing to try is to create a new collection. As you create it you should get the option to sync with Mobile. Note: if you’re looking at Smart Collections or creating a new Smart Collection, you won’t find the sync option.

  • By Mike Mlich - 11:15 AM on April 9, 2014  

    I am a very happy Photo Suite subscriber but have never bothered to access the LR5 cloud version as I have a perpetual license version. Will I need to download and install the cloud license version of LR5 and then only have coordination between that version and the mobile app? Can this be a separate instance of LR5 running on my Mac? I don’t really want to replace my perpetual version or migrate the entire catalogue. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:10 PM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Mike,

      As John points out below, you do not need to download/install the cloud version for it to work. Just update your version to 5.4 by selecting Help>Updates… and log in with your Adobe ID and you should be up and running.

  • By John Lehet - 11:17 AM on April 9, 2014  

    I have the “owned,” licensed version of LR5, and it works along with my Photoshop CC subscription.

  • By Alexy Khrabrov - 12:40 PM on April 9, 2014  

    Can you please explain the reasoning why the app includes quite powerful editing capabilities, but no such simple but crucial mobile activities as ranking and keywording? No star rating is a non-starter for many — compare with Photosmith, PhotoPhile, Mosaic, where star rating and color labeling was the most asked for feature…

    Can you please confirm that you do upload rating metadata, so expensive full resyncing will not be needed when the star rating does become available? I’m pondering starting uploading everything right away, as it takes time.

  • By Alan - 1:01 PM on April 9, 2014  

    For everyone complaining about the subscription…

    Lightroom is sold as a packaged product, but if you were to upgrade every year, you would probably be paying about $10 per month. So subscription isn’t much different, except now you get a FULL version of Photoshop and an iPad companion app for free. The subscription is a no-brainer, and it’s a small price to pay for what you get as a professional.

    And even if you own the packaged version of Lightroom and just wanted the companion iPad app, how much would you expect to pay for it (considering it requires cloud infrastructure)? It wouldn’t be free so what would that single sync function be worth on a monthly basis?

    As for the hobbyists, I totally understand the costs, but if you want professional tools then you should expect to pay professional prices. A car dealer isn’t going to knock 50% off the price of a car just because you’re only going to use it on the weekends.

  • By René Zuch - 1:05 PM on April 9, 2014  

    I tested it and I like the idea of having my picture always with me.

    But some things are really missing. I want to show pictures to customers and do the rating together with them.

    So I prefer more functionality like color and star rating. And as I do not always work with collections it word be nice to be able to also sync any folder I want.

    Also the possibility to sort by metadata is needed on the mobile version.

    I would have prefered these things over editing capabilities as I will never trust the colors on an iPad.

    SO I really hope these features come with a next version.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:33 PM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi René, we appreciate the feedback and suggestions.

  • By SteveOnPeas - 1:12 PM on April 9, 2014  

    It’s time to add another voice to the ‘no subscription’ lobby. My initial excitement at looking this news up was quickly dashed if indeed its another drive at going subscription only. It may be fine for pros but for the competent (but strapped for cash) hobbyist this is not acceptable. I would rather pay for an app and make it last until I can either afford or really need the next upgrade.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:42 PM on April 9, 2014  

      Hi Steve, the Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that – so if you don’t see value in the mobile version you don’t need to pay for it if you don’t need to use it. However, due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee.

  • By John Lehet - 2:10 PM on April 9, 2014  

    Another feature request, unless it’s there and I’m not finding it: ability to make virtual copies on the iPad. If I’m going to mess around with an image on the iPad, I don’t always want that edit to then be reflected in the master version of that in Lightroom. One of the best things about LR is being able to make a virtual copy and mess with that, then to be able to compare it to the original. Cropped, or as shot? Black and White? etc.

  • By Jim - 8:12 PM on April 9, 2014  

    Own lightroom 5 and PS elements. Will not pay a subscription!

  • By Jonas - 8:23 PM on April 9, 2014  

    Glad to finally see the iPad version! Saw the US-news for $9,99/month, got a little angry, saw Photoshop included and decided I want to subscribe, even though I’m a very casual user and maybe fire up my LR 4 1-4 times a MONTH.
    Really love Photosmith, but it lacks editing. (great with eye-fi for in-field usage of professionals, but no editing!).

    Now I want to purchse the subscription and with German account it is 12.99 EUR…

    As a previous commenter states: This is DOUBLE the amount as in the US!!!
    No way for my usecase to use it, especially with the downsides:

    1. No real need of Photoshop (make a LR+mobile package for 4.99 EUR (!!!) a month, or maybe 5,99 EUR and you get me in!)
    2. No (W)LAN syncing? Seriously? Living in China currently this is a NO GO! Even DropBox can sync locally between multiple clients in the same network by now. Photosmith can anyway.
    3. No Tagging/Ranking? The real catch for a LR mobile app is having the fully synced functionality (maybe some detailed editing excluded) like lib module and develop module in a nice interface on the iPad/Android/Windows Tablet.

    Why don’t you just buy Photosmith and add the Develop module functionality? This would be a game changer! (with the mentioned 5.99 EUR(!) a month EXcluding Photoshop. or 9,99 EUR(!) a month including it would be fine as well)

  • By Casey - 1:55 PM on April 10, 2014  

    A $9.99 per month subscription for Lightroom Mobile is ridiculous. I’ve seen many replies justifying the price. I will concede that the price is reasonable in some circumstances, but I will attempt to explain why the common justifications miss the mark for many.

    First, to put the subscription fee in prospective, $120 per year is more annually than I paid for the full standalone version of Lightroom 5 ($70 during the December sale) which can be used for years with no additional cost. $120 is very close to the full retail price of Lightroom 5 ($150). As a mobile companion app to the desktop program, Lightroom Mobile should be significantly cheaper than Lightroom. $1-2 per month subscription or $10-20 one time (requiring paid upgrades with each new major version of Lightroom) would be reasonable.

    1: “$9.99 is not just for Lightroom Mobile, it also includes Photoshop and Lightroom!” — I do not want to buy Photoshop, and I already own the standalone version of Lightroom. I suspect this is the case for many Lightroom users. For us, this feels like $9.99 just for Lightroom Mobile. If this must require a subscription fee, please give us the option to only subscribe to Lightroom Mobile for a more reasonable price.

    2: “Lightroom Mobile must be subscription based because it uses Creative Cloud for sync.” — If it must be a subscription, see the previous point regarding subscription cost. However, Lightroom Mobile does not need to sync using Creative Cloud to provide value to Lightroom users. I want to use Lightroom Mobile to organize and edit photos during my commute, while on vacation, while on the couch, etc. When I return to my desktop I’d like my changes to be synced with my desktop version of Lightroom. However, this syncing does not need to be cloud based! With my workflow, I’m perfectly fine with syncing via Bluetooth or USB once I’m back with my desktop. Others are as well. Please give us this option! Let those that actually need cloud sync pay for that service, and provide a reasonably priced perpetual license version for those that don’t.

    • By Fotao - 9:56 PM on April 10, 2014  

      ” Let those that actually need cloud sync pay for that service, and provide a reasonably priced perpetual license version for those that don’t.”

      I agree. Problem is, Adobe—and every other software corp out there—is being disingenuous (flat out lying, if you ask me) when they say they have to pay for cloud functionality through subscription-based software.

      “The Cloud” has become nothing more than a clever tactic software companies hide behind nowadays to justify renting their software instead of selling it outright. It’s the digital equivalent of the Gillette disposable razor revenue model. You can make so much more $$ if you can somehow get people to fork over a little money each month rather than a lot of money up front. Because unless you’re going to revolutionize your product each year, people will only buy it once.

      Shame on you Adobe, Microsoft, et all.

  • By Fotao - 9:42 PM on April 10, 2014  

    Yeah, I’ll bet you’re thrilled to announce it. How much revenue do you expect to get by renting your software instead of selling it the good ol’ fashioned way (and relying on innovative new features to sell upgrades rather than guaranteeing your revenue stream with these b.s. subscription models that are all the rage with software companies nowadays?)

    Try this with your desktop Lightroom and see how far it gets you, Adobe. Lightroom’s better than Aperture, but not $120/year worth of better.

  • By John Lehet - 6:41 AM on April 11, 2014  

    Another feature request: pause syncing. Given that bandwidth is usually limited, and this syncing is essentially perpetual (I suppose after some weeks my collections might be synced, if I don’t use the camera again), we should be able to stop it temporarily. I just tried to, and it said it would delete all photos from the iPad if I did. Also, while it is not a big CPU pig, it does use some, so turning it off as an optimization might be useful.

    Above, I slammed Photosmith. I tried it a handful of times since it first came out, and each time I was beyond frustrated. But searching twitter, it seems to be in better shape now? I’m trying it again!

  • By Repetitor - 7:24 AM on April 11, 2014  

    Was waiting for this since it was announced a year ago. I agree with all the opponents to the subscription plan, especially because the thing that costs 9,99$ a month in USA, costs 34,20$ a month in Denmark!!!!! That is the price for the creative cloud with one app (only one I need personally would be LR). If you are constantly claiming that cloud is the only way to go for the LR mobile, than why not give me the option to only pay the cloud storage service, without the additional software, and make the price 1,99 or 2,99$ a month. Don’t tell me the only way you can deliver cloud is by including software I don’t need?
    I already bought LR 5 two months ago, and can’t justify paying 34,20$ a month on top of that, just to get the LR mobile functionality added to something I already own.

    In our company, which is a small budget business I really can’t convince my boss that having the newest functionality every year is worth binding a company to some subscription. We usually use same version of software for 3-4 years and upgrade different software on different years to keep the costs down. Now all of a sudden you are not professional if you don’t buy new version every year, and therefore your option of updating once in a while is beneath Adobe???
    If there is one good thing about this is that all the people that are against this business plan will start investing their money in competitor companies, and before you know it, the new capital will help those companies to develop software on pair with adobes. Hopefully they will be ready next time we have to upgrade our design software in our company. When I was finishing graphic design school last year, we were already being STRONGLY recommended alternative software from our teachers because of Adobes changes in business plan. Whole new generations of designers being thought in school that Adobe is getting greedy and that they should invest their money elsewhere. Congrats Adobe! 🙂

  • By HB - 8:51 AM on April 11, 2014  

    I understand the need to cover the costs for the cloud infrastructure, but it seems that having paid for a Lightroom license then to pay again for the same software as part CC is double charging. Can we unbundle lightroom mobile? That is for those of us that purchased Lightroom rather than subscribed to CC can we get a discount on the CC subscription for N months? It is not a good selling point to ask people to pay twice for the same software. I have no interest in photoshop, but would be interested in Lightroom mobile.

  • By John Lehet - 9:16 AM on April 11, 2014  

    I’m going to bail on this for now. Photosmith is actually working at this point! I’m very happy with that. I’ll keep my ear to the ground to see when you get keywords and rating working, and the sync not so interminable or uncontrollable.

  • By steven - 1:59 PM on April 11, 2014  

    Not interested in a subscription based service… Also, treating android users like second-rate citizens doesn’t help, either.

  • By John Lehet - 6:49 PM on April 11, 2014  

    One problem we’re up against in this great nation of ours, stretching from Comcastville, NY, through Comcaston Nebraska, and onward to Comcast Bluffs Oregon — bandwidth kinda sucks. It’s one thing to push images through the air, from computer to router to device. That’s slow enough. But pushing them into the pipe to the cloud is a bit worse, I think.

  • By Berno - 3:58 AM on April 12, 2014  

    Looks Great and was verry exited with this news! Just Load Some pictures of my DSLR into ipad but……. I can’t at them into lightroom iPad app since it only loads pictures made by the ipad itself! Why…..????? I’d be Great to load pictures during holiday into ipad! Can Adobe make this possible?

  • By Michael Zeeh - 10:38 AM on April 12, 2014  

    Waited for lightroom mobile a long time – carrying the tablet is so much more convenient than the laptop running the desktop version. While I honestly appreciate your development effort, I’m sorry that from my perspective there’s not much benefit in the result as it is now.
    My main interest would have been to do first ratings and keywording “in the field”/during breaks/when travelling etc. Color and star ratings would have been essential. Editing on the pad is of little interest to me personally. I prefer editing on something a bit bigger and more colorproof than a tablet screen, but in the rare case mobile editing is required, there’s already plenty of available app options, which only lack the capability of syncing back to lightroom. Well.
    Finally, as many others, I opose the subscription service concept. I’ve owned both PS and LR desktop version for some time running, and Adobe already put me off when they limited update requirements to the prior version each. I was out of the game when you started with CC – I refrained from updating PS since. I’m aware that there are some benefits to the concept,but on the other hand I prefer to decide myself which update to buy, and I prefer to have as much out of the clouds as possible and sync locally when returning to my desk. So, while I can understand that running a cloud service creates cost, I wouldn’t want ot use it, anyway.
    Glad to hear though that there are no plans to stop offering LR itself as a perpetual license product – it’s a great piece of software and a pleasure to work with. I’m very happy to keep it as the centre of my workflow … as long as it doesn’t become infected by PS’ license model.

  • By Joe - 3:16 PM on April 14, 2014  

    Lightroom is still terribly slow and you guys focus on the Ipad. Time to look at Capture One Pro…

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 4:17 AM on April 15, 2014  

      Joe, What specifically is slow for you?

  • By Tom - 3:54 PM on April 16, 2014  

    This is the long bitch session I’ve come across in a long time.

    I can’t figure out how to turn on sync in Lightroom 5 desktop version. Can someone please let me know how to do this on my cloud based subscription service?

  • By vin weathermon - 5:33 AM on April 17, 2014  

    I somehow did manage to get one collection to sync; I do not see the “sync icon” on any other collection as the help pages indicate. Is there any very specific how to information? As in actual real close up screenshots of what you need to do? I like the idea, I don’t care about the ipad experience being rich for editing, I just want to present what I’ve already processed.

  • By jay - 1:53 AM on April 23, 2014  

    I can’t believe that the Adobe Lightroom team didn’t look at Snapseed iOS for inspiration of controlling parameters.

    This Lightroom iPad version is far from a true intuitive tablet app.

    Sliding to the right to find a parameter to edit?


  • By Claire Edwards - 1:30 PM on May 5, 2014  

    Well I thought that I would give the trial version a go before making my mind up, but because of my poor broadband connection it estimated that it would take 1 day 11hours and 57 minutes to upload Lightroom alone, so I gave up. Therefore on this basis I can’t subscribe even if I wanted to.

    So unless you bring out the mobile lightroom individually to purchase this leaves me and I’m sure many more out of the game.

  • By Ross - 12:50 PM on May 6, 2014  

    I would buy a stand-alone version of Lightroom Mobile that only synced via local network. I don’t need Photoshop and already paid for Lightroom 5 which causes the subscription to not make sense for me.

    Enhancement idea: Connect to camera wifi (e.g. 6D) to pull images into Lightroom Mobile directly.

  • By David - 1:12 AM on May 9, 2014  

    I’ve been using Lightroom for a week on my tablet and I think it’s great. It took some time until I understood the program, but now I work very much like my pictures with Lightroom.

  • By Vance - 9:07 PM on May 12, 2014  

    I was wondering if anyone knew if there was any plans on a better interrogation between Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop touch

  • By hawkenfox - 1:19 AM on May 20, 2014  

    Nope will never pay for subscription such workflow is easily overtaken by a mixture of apps. May pay for it if it’s a one time purchase 120 per year is too steep for a simple ware like this.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:37 AM on May 20, 2014  

      Due to the nature of cloud services having ongoing costs, Lightroom mobile is not something that can be offered for a one time fee. The Lightroom desktop application remains available as perpetual license product and there currently are no plans to change that.

      $120/yr is for Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, Behance Prosite, 20GB of sync/backup, and all products updates – not just Lightroom Mobile.

      • By Jonas - 3:45 AM on May 30, 2014  

        Convert that to EUR correctly and you got me in, as I fully understand that issue 🙁

        • By Jonas - 3:51 AM on May 30, 2014  

          Sorry forgot the numbers:
          European offer: 12,99EUR
          US offer: 9.99USD

          Current conversion would result in 7.34 EUR…

          So please tell me why it has to be nearly DOUBLE the price 🙁

  • By xurando - 1:33 PM on May 24, 2014  

    I am having problems with the pictures loading for slideshows in places where there is no internet access. The screen stays black and the white wheel spins around. Is this a known issue? I don’t want to pay for support and this issue has not been discussed on the lightroom forum. Any ideas? I don’t even want to use LRM if I can’t use the slideshow function.

  • By Kerri Redding - 6:23 PM on May 27, 2014  

    I love the idea of a mobile app. I HATE the idea of being forced into a subscription agreement. I can sync myself with a USB or Bluetooth option as stated by many users before me. The cloud option is great for some things but not all things. This app should have a stand alone, non-cloud based option. When that happens, then I’m all aboard. Until then, my Macbook Air does just fine when I’m on the go- then I sync the catalogs with the desktop when I’m home. Almost, Adobe- almost.

  • By David Bailey - 11:13 PM on May 27, 2014  

    Thought this was going to be handy as a way of displaying images whilst on the move, and one of the reasons to upgrade to Lightroom 5.4. Have upgraded, downloaded the app and just sync’d a Collection and the images are appearing on my iPad.

    …and then I see “30 days left in Lightroom mobile trial” – what?!! Lightroom mobile was mentioned as one of the features of Lightroom 5.4 not something extra that could be purchased on a subscription model!! OK, I understand that people could have thousands of images being moved around in Adobe’s cloud somewhere and this costs money…..but I’ve just paid to upgrade Lightroom!

    I would understand setting some sort of limit (20GB or whatever), above which a subscription could be paid for more space (Note: just as I do for Dropbox) but forcing a subscription immediately doesn’t work for me. Unless something changes, I doubt I’ll go beyond the 30 day trial period.


    • By szymon b - 8:03 AM on June 21, 2014  

      Exactly what I think. They are going to charge me twice for Lightroom 5 ! Revolutionary ridiculous…

  • By Franzine - 1:03 AM on June 3, 2014  

    That’s perfect, because I’m currently traveling a lot and my tablet always have it.

  • By Tiago Valente photography - 12:00 PM on June 3, 2014  

    Great article but I’m still not convinced, it’s good for clients presentation (I use Zenfolio) but nothing more. I doubt I will pay for this feature…

  • By Vin padula - 3:18 AM on June 5, 2014  

    No way I’m paying for a subscription when I could sync across my devices now with apple for free

  • By Joerg - 10:40 AM on June 15, 2014  


    just two most things I miss …

    1) If I share an image (to flickr, FB etc.) or save it to the iOS camera roll my EXIF data is not exported
    2) When I’m in an album and need to switch to another album for a moment and return to the previous album the last image position at the album should be memorized and recalled I have very large albums and it is annoying to scroll down again and again to get to the position and continue my work

    Many Thanks

  • By szymon b - 8:01 AM on June 21, 2014  

    So you have me purchase Lightroom 5 for a bit of money, and yet I have to pay monthly for another Lightroom ?! I am buying Lightroom twice ? What kind of business is this ? The subscription cost should be lowered by the cost of standalone Lightroom 5 then. Oh Adobe… You used to rock.

  • By Gary - 8:42 AM on July 11, 2014  


    I’ve purchased a stand-alone version of flightroom, based on the fact that it was MARKETED to me that I could use my iPad to edit on the go.

    I do not have cloud access where I travel, and it is ABSOLUTELY ABSURD for me to be FORCED into purchasing a ongoing contract to use my software as advertised.

    I’m currently using the trial version of lightroom mobile, and here is the kicker: I have to sit and watch my computer SLOWLY upload to cloud and then slowly download to my iPad WHILE THE IPAD IS CONNECTED TO MY COMPUTER. What the heck!?!?!

    Why can’t I connnect directly through LR on my computer to LR on my mobile device, and sync when I want via wired connection.

    I would appreciate a truthful and in depth reply from Adobe staff on this.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:58 AM on July 11, 2014  

      It’s covered in the FAQ on the product page:

      • By Olivier M - 3:16 AM on August 21, 2014  

        Hi Jeffrey,

        actually it’s not covered in the FAQ product page. It doesn’t specify anywhere why a wired connection isn’t possible, in fact it doesn’t even mention wired connections, unless I missed it somewhere.


        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:05 AM on August 21, 2014  

          This was the part of the FAQ that I was referring to that currently the syncing mechanism requires connection to the cloud:

          Why does Adobe Lightroom mobile require a Creative Cloud membership?
          Lightroom mobile requires an extensive cloud infrastructure to sync image data and edits between the desktop and mobile devices. Given that Creative Cloud already provides such an infrastructure, as well as a membership plan specifically for photographers, Creative Cloud was a natural fit for powering Lightroom mobile.

          What you are looking for is what we call that a “field triage” workflow and it’s not something we’re tackling for version 1. We definitely see the need but there are a number of technology hurdles we need to address before you can have a workflow even beginning to approach usable.

          Tom talks more about it here in this article:

          • By Guest - 4:09 AM on October 13, 2014  

            “…but there are a number of technology hurdles we need to address before you can have a workflow even beginning to approach usable.” – Read: we have to figure out a way to make it work whithouth Cloud round trip, while still charging you for the cloud indefinitely…
            Can you explain to me why I can’t use the extra cloud storage I paid for thru Adobe Creative Cloud iPad app with this? I have Lightroom 5 desktop version, and 22 GB of cloud storage that I bought, on top of the 2 GB you get free with some Adobe iPad apps. So now I have to make another plan on top of that and pay for the software I already own and cloud storage I already have????

  • By Brian - 6:54 PM on July 21, 2014  

    The download/view speed of the app is workable again this morning, 8am east coast. I don’t know if it’s my DSL or the adobe servers, but this is usable, yesterday evening not so much.

  • By Kasey - 1:47 PM on October 14, 2014  

    I have tried to add a photography library to the tool on the ipad, but am having some issues. Are there any tutorials available.

  • By Jack - 2:49 AM on October 20, 2014  

    Anyone knows alternative app for editing RAW files on iPad?? This round trip with cloud service makes app useless for on the road photographer. I know about photo smith, but that is just for sorting and tagging, I want to be able to edit RAW files as well, even if I don’t have access to internet connection.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:22 PM on October 20, 2014  
      • By Jack - 5:37 AM on October 22, 2014  

        Hi Jeffrey, thanks for replay.
        Yes, I have read it, but it doesn’t provide a solution for my request at the moment. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind exporting the XML files only from the app, and copying the original pictures to my desktop directly from my card. If they are in the same folder, desktop Lightroom will connect them right away, and show the changes when you import the entire folder. Or even just export both raw files and xml files thru iTunes on my laptop/desktop. Even thou it is a manual process, it still gives me the ability to make initial editing work on the go, and then transfer it all to my desktop, without the cloud roundtrip and need for speedy internet connection.
        Tom’s 1. problem with camera kit connection being slow is not a problem at all. It works very fast on my iPad 3, and I never had a problem with speed. And let’s be honest, it’s a lot faster than importing all the pictures to my desktop, creating Collection, syncing it to CC over the internet (which is about 1Mbs in download, and about 500kbs upload at its best in my country. I’m 100% sure that camera connection kit has allot faster transfer rate than that) and then downloading it all to my iPad over the same slow internet connection once again. This workflow makes the app useless and that’s a shame. I was looking forward to the app ever since it was announced that Adobe started working on it, checking on internet every once in a while how it progresses.
        I would also guess that majority of users interested in this app, are users that are looking to leave that big clunk of laptop at home, otherwise it’s just a gimmick app. If I have access to my laptop to do all the syncing stuff, why not just edit it on that laptop right away. I just don’t understand the point of the app as it functions now.

        If anyone has a suggestion to some alternative app, until Lightroom mobile becomes the app it should be, I would appreciate it.

  • By jeff - 7:53 AM on November 19, 2014  

    Another down side… It says you can sync up to 250000 pictures right now, my catalog only has 10k images, so I need to upload 10gb to cloud and then download that to ipad lightroom? Why cant we just upload the catalog through cable or something?

  • By Geoff - 12:34 PM on December 3, 2014  

    I downloaded Lightroom Mobile and found it to be quite convenient, and it doesn’t take up that much space on your iPad, as the only “files” that reside on the iPad are the previews.

    However, I can’t justify the expense of the subscription service for my limited use.

    SO, what I have been doing that seems to be working well enough is to use screen sharing between devices. It’s built in on iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, and a free App called VNC Viewer on iPads. It’s a bit inconvenient on the iPad, but just fine on my MacBook Air when I have decent WiFi connections. Just a thought.

  • By El - 10:39 AM on December 30, 2014  

    I am brand new to Lightroom – just downloaded the desktop and mobile version yesterday. Few questions for you guys – when mobile syncs to desktop, the album is placed into yet collection section – what’s is the simplest way to move it to my regular storage location? What is the best way to share pics via Lightroom – is there a Dropbox like feature where you can temporarily grant download access to a folder?
    If I purchase a subscription, is there a way to share it with my son? Or we both have to pay 120/year?


  • By Kelvin Jackson - 5:26 PM on March 2, 2015  

    I own LR, I would like to continue to use LR not Mobile. Please let me know what I must do! No I don’t want to give you anymore money!

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:00 AM on March 4, 2015  

      You don’t have to do anything. You can simply use the perpetual version of Lightroom without the mobile services.

  • By Vicki Laszlo - 3:15 PM on March 21, 2015  

    I am a photographer who has bought adobe LR and PS full versions and upgrades over the years (I am currently up to the latest versions of each) So I don’t understand, am frustrated by and angry at the idea of being asked to pay $120 per year to use LR on my iPad. I will definitely find alternative software.

    I HUGELY RESENT Adobe’s intention to railroad me into spending money on a continuous basis. I would happily buy a stand alone mobile version of the app. and sync it myself when I come back to my home computer through non-wireless means or another wireless syncing application, But NO SUBSCRIPTIONS PLEASE!

  • By sandmakercrusher - 11:10 PM on January 18, 2016  

    Anyone knows alternative app for editing RAW files on iPad??

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