Adobe, creator of some of the world’s most popular photo editing and design software, has finally released Lightroom mobile for Android. The app, already available for iOS devices, allows photographers and photo editors to sync and edit photo collections between mobile and desktop for on the go editing.
In case you’re not familiar with Lightroom mobile, the app allows you to sync your photo collections, metadata, and edits between your mobile devices and Lightroom on your Windows or Mac computer. Images taken from your smartphone can be automatically imported and synced back to your desktop collection as well. Adobe uses what it calls Smart Previews which is based on the DNG file format and offers the same flexibility of editing a raw file – but is only approximately 5% of the original file size. This smaller file size allows your photos and collections to sync in almost real time between your devices and desktop computer.
Lightroom mobile for Android will run on any Android phone with a Quad Core CPU running 1.7GHz or higher, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. Lightroom mobile is compatible with Android Jellybean (4.1), KitKat (4.4), and Lollipop (5.x). At this time, the app is only available for phones with tablet support to come later on.
In order to use Lightroom mobile, you’ll have to subscribe to one of Adobe’s subscription plans – the most affordable being their Creative Cloud Photography plan which costs $9.99USD/mth and includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom mobile, and Lightroom Web. You can also try out the app for 30-days at no charge, after which time you will have to purchase a Creative Cloud subscription.
We were able to test out Lightroom mobile before release, and it is indeed pretty slick – especially if you already use Lightroom on your desktop. The mobile app allows you to crop your photos and edit with any setting found within the basic panel of Lightroom desktop. These options include:
- White balance
- Auto tone
In addition to being able to adjust the basics, Lightroom presets are available as well. Unfortunately only the native presets are available in the app at launch, with support for other Lightroom compatible presets coming later. After making changes, the modifications are synced back to the cloud and then back to your Lightroom desktop application. You can also share your photos from Lightroom mobile through Lightroom Web or by using the native Android share functionality.
While you can set up Lightroom mobile to auto import your photos from your smartphone, support for Android DNG and video isn’t currently available. For those wondering about shooting tethered to a DSLR, it is possible but will only import JPG formats and not RAW formats at this time.
I don’t know about you, but I think I may have just found my new default photo editing application for my Android devices.
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Lightroom mobile Now Available for Android Phones
Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile offers powerful capabilities to edit, organize and share images anywhere and anytime. Built on a powerful cloud sync architecture, Lightroom mobile provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the Web. With Creative Cloud Photography Plan, photographers have access to professional-class photographic workflows on desktops and smartphones, allowing users to perfect images on any device.
Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:
- Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
- Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop
- Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews
- Quickly flag and reject photos
Pricing and Availability
Lightroom mobile is immediately available as a free download for Android phones via the Google Play store. Customers must have Lightroom 5.4 or higher, available as part of a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership and Creative Cloud Photography plan. The Creative Cloud Photography plan (USD$9.99 per month) is a comprehensive photography solution for both professional and hobbyist photographers. It includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC and Lightroom mobile with immediate access to updates as soon as they are released. New customers can download Lightroom mobile and start a 30-day free trial. After the 30 days, purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription is required for continued access.
To learn more about Lightroom mobile for Android features and availability, visit: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/?p=1448
Learn more about Lightroom mobile, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/lightroommobile.html.