Adobe’s popular Lightroom photo editing suite is coming to iPad soon according to an accidental posting on Adobe’s website, a screenshot of which was captured by 9to5Mac. References to “Lightroom for mobile” appeared on the Adobe site last week but have since been removed.
Although the entry does not refer directly to iPad support, the publication was informed by an Adobe representative that the app is “built for the iPad”.
The iOS version of Lightroom clearly comes with a price tag of $99 for an annual cloud subscription. Besides the ability to edit and manage large photo files, it is expected that the marquee feature of Lightroom for mobile will be its ability to sync directly with Adobe Creative Cloud, enabling users to sync content with other devices (like a Mac or PC). Users will then not have to store large photo files on the iPad itself, instead using the iCloud-like service for syncing across devices.
There may be a cheaper version of the app without Adobe Creative Cloud integration.
At the Photoshop World show in Las Vegas, Adobe’s Tom Hogarty demoed a Lightroom-esque iPad app which promised to bring pro-grade photo editing capabilities to mobile devices. A video of the demo app is available below (around 19 minutes in).
With Lightroom for mobile appearing on Adobe’s website, it would seem that the company is close to an official launch. Apple is also rumored to be working on a version of Aperture for iPad, although we have seen no evidence of this app being in development.
Would you be interested in the pro-level photo editing capabilities of Lightroom on your iPad? Perhaps Lightroom or Aperture would be great on the larger screen of the rumored iPad Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.