Adobe finally did it. It’s a Christmas miracle. In its latest update to Lightroom Mobile, Adobe addressed two of the biggest pain points in my iPad photography workflow: introducing direct imports from external media and support for high-resolution exports.

Previously, importing your photos into Lightroom Mobile was a painful multistep process. But with this update, the days of having to import your photos into the Photos app first are over. You can now import photos into Lightroom right from your camera or card reader.

While not having to import photos into the photos app first will save me time and eliminate several steps from my iPad workflow, I was much more excited about Lightroom’s new export options.

Before the update, my biggest problem with Lightroom Mobile was that there was no way to export high-res images. I could happily edit my images all day, but when it came time to export them, my only option was JPG — fine for Instagram, but not a great starting point for more intense edits.

It also made it impossible to back-up full-res images or to export masters, something that until now had prevented me from using the iPad Pro as my primary editing machine.

This update changes everything and makes Lightroom Mobile even more useful. The update may seem small, and there is plenty of features still missing, but it’s common sense features that make all the difference.

Lightroom Mobile just got a lot more useful
It is now possible to export high-resolution lossless images in TIFF or DNG in Lightroom Mobile.

What do you think?

  • Do you use Lightroom Mobile?
  • What do you think of the update? Is it enough to convince you to use Lightroom Mobile?
  • What feature do you think Adobe should add next?

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