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A mobile version of the photo editing suite appeared briefly on Adobe’s site sporting a $99 annual price tag.

Lightroom for iPad
photo: 9to5Mac

Photo editing for the iPad is about to get a whole lot better, according to a report that Adobe’s Lightroom editing suite is set to debut on iOS. 9to5Mac spotted references to a mobile version of Lightroom on Adobe’s website, and was told by a representative that the software is built for iPad.

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According to the report, Lightroom for iPad will be able to sync with other devices like a Mac or PC via Adobe’s Creative Cloud system. This means you won’t have to store extremely large RAW image files on your iPad. Instead you’ll be able to use the iPad to do your editing, then sync the file back to your computer or store it in the cloud. This won’t come cheap, however. It looks Adobe will be charging a $99 yearly access fee.

I’m curious to see just how closely a mobile version of Lightroom aligns with the desktop software, if Adobe is in fact releasing it at all. $99 annually is a pretty steep price, but if the iPad app can adequately replicate the experience you get on the desktop, it could be a good fit for professional photographers that travel often.

  1. It may sell to the 1%

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  2. Sorry I forgot they don’t work

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  3. Sorry I forgot they don’t work…

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  4. Nicholas Paredes Monday, January 20, 2014

    Most of the Adobe apps are less than optimal for tablets. If they were optimal I would use them more since they take up space on my iPad anyway. That hurdle past emergency editing — PS Touch — is going to be interesting.

    On Apple’s part, I would like to see more desktop-like control in a docking mode. Adobe needs to focus on the products from a designer’s perspective. Why would I pay for this product? The implications of a subscription imply cloud services. Will these work well? I’m not a fan of Bridge.

    I am a big believer that creative apps for actual work on the iPad is the next space to conquer. My team will be looking at Android tablets in parallel. I hope Adobe succeeds.

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  5. Subscription will not work, Adobe is going down the wrong path.

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    1. I’m in agreement with you. The Apple App Stores are jammed with people who just want free apps. A $99/year price tag – even as inapp-purchase sounds like a huge clunker.

      I’m convinced ADBE stock hasn’t turned south in a big way only because they still sell CS6.

      I’d like to see a “look Mom, no hands” version of their financials where they just live off of rentals… The stock would likely get cut in half – just for starters.

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  6. Color me skeptical that Adobe can get this right in v1.0 or even v2.0. Meanwhile, Mosaic covers my needs for LR mobile synch & back-up.

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