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Adobe Creates iOS Lightroom app for Tablets, Users Can Edit on the Go
by Laura Hicks -  5/2/2013

Interested in editing your RAW images via Lightroom on your tablet? If so, you are not alone. Although it is still in the infancy of its development, Adobe is working on a mobile iOS Lightroom app that will allow users to edit RAW photos from a tablet. Although no launch date has been announced, the prototype promises some pretty big features -- some you are used to and others that are new. The new app will allow users to adjust parameters such as exposure, shadows, and highlights. You can also change white balance and adjust clarity. Like the Adobe Photoshop Touch app, cloud synchronized editing will be available so that changes made on the tablet will also appear on your PC. In addition, users will be able to zoom all the way to 100 percent for easy pixel peeping of images.

 

Product Manager for Adobe, Tom Hogarty, took the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to process RAW images on an iPad 2 with his recent appearance on The Grid with Scott Kelby.

The app will use Smart Previews (as seen in Lightroom 5 beta version) to give users a small, yet powerful way to edit their images. Smart Previews come from images that are saved on-line. They use only 2-4% of the image's data making sure your device is not overwhelmed by large image files. The images can be tweaked and exported as JPEGs for publishing on sites such as Facebook and Flickr. Edited images can also be accessed via cloud on your PC for further editing. Changes made to images on your tablet will remain the same when accessed later. You can also choose to edit images from JPEG files if you do not shoot RAW.

That being said, the development of the app is so new that Tom Hogarty would not commit to a time frame in which it would be ready for purchase. In fact he was quite vague in the interview trying not to overcommit to any ability the app might possess.