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Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift (Bloomberg.com)

Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple Inc.’s iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatible across multiple devices and boost subscription sales.

Woot! Finally.

I’ve developed a decent workflow for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile for my iPad Pro and iPhone 7. But doing certain things (e.g. panoramas ) has been a challenge because of the lack of a proper version of Photoshop for iOS.

When I compute, I want to use any device I own. I use the same email apps (AirMail) on iPhone, iPad and Mac. The same note taking app (Byword) on iPhone, iPad and Mac. The same calendar app on iPhone, iPad and Mac. The same news reader, Reeder, across that device. And so forth.

I use the Lightroom mobile app to capture all my mobile images, make minor edits for immediate use (e.g. posting to my blog) and social sharing. Lightroom mobile sync my originals and edits to Adobe’s cloud and then back to my Lightroom desktop. I not using it as a replacement for the desktop. The goal is to complement. Not replace.

Mobile images tend to be noisy in low light conditions and the iPhone lens has minor barrel distortion for landscape images. I created a develop preset in the desktop version of Lightroom for correcting this but there is no easy way to use this develop preset on the iOS version. But I found a useful workaround but I would appreciate any effort Adobe can make to this easier.

I’m pretty good at holding my iPhone 6 steady while taking photos but long exposure and HDR require that the camera remains stationary. A few years ago this year I bought a small Manfrotto tripod that I use to use with my iPhone. It’s part of my minimal mobile photography kit.

I want to do the same with Lightroom and Photoshop. When I travel or commute to work, carrying around a ton of camera equipment isn’t something I want to do. Mobile cameras are getting better all the time and can take some excellent street and landscape images if one puts in the effort. I had posted some recent images I shot with Adobe Lightroom on iPhone and edited on iPhone and one I capture on the iPhone but had to post-process in Photoshop for Mac. Imagine being able to do some of this on an iPad or iPhone.

Adobe's iOS app failure by Jason Snell (Six Colors)

Now, how many hours per year do I spend in the five different iOS apps that bear the imprint of the Photoshop product family, many of whom are only accessible to people who (like me) have active Creative Cloud subscriptions? (Keeping in mind that I often travel with only my iPad Pro, and do an awful lot of my work on the iPad these day.)

The answer is zero. I never use them.

I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Mobile all the time. I don’t know if Jason has used Lightroom but it works quite well. I don’t think it’s possible for Adobe to incorporate the full functionality of the desktop version but most of what I need is there. I don’t use any of the other Adobe apps Jason mentioned in his post. From my standpoint, Adobe’s mobile program is a success. Other photographers agree.

Adobe, Lightroom, CC, Classic, Screenshot
What the Heck is (The New) Lightroom CC? by Richard HarringtonRichard Harrington (Photofocus)

Adobe just announced that there are now TWO VERSIONS of Lightroom. There is the previous Lightroom (now called Lightroom Classic CC) and a new product called Lightroom CC. Let's try to make sense of the new application. What is Lightroom CC Lightroom CC is a whole new app that is built on the same imaging technology…

I think this is a good move. I have often wanted to edit any photo in my catalogue while sitting on my couch with my iPad. The current version of Lightroom CC has a cloud sync feature. When I am out and about I often snap images with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on my iPhone 7. I make edits and share immediately or I wait until I get home and edit in Adobe Lightroom on macOS or on my iPad Pro.

But when I am not in front of my iMac I want to edit images in the catalogue. I just wish there was a way to access the Lightroom CC catalogue from my iPad Pro when I am home. I don’t necessarily want my images stored in the cloud. My main area of concern is this:

Lightroom CC syncs everything to all devices including easy to lose mobile devices.

That concerns me from a storage and privacy perspective. My catalogue is just under 1TB. Apple’s maximum storage for iPads and iPhone is about a quarter of that (before other apps and their storage are accounted for). Then there is the issue of how to get the catalogue to Adobe’s data centre. Some broadband providers have data caps as low as 300GB. Plus at current upload speeds, it could take a month of continuous uploading before you images are finally available.

With all of the images available via a web interface, it’s only a matter of time before Adobe has a major breach and your client photos are exposed. Imagine telling your client, “Your nudes and boudoir images may have leaked online”. Or telling some parent, “Someone accessed and downloaded your child’s photos”.

But this, this makes the new cloud-only option unlikely for me.

… I’ve confirmed that the migration tools aren’t meant for frequent back and forth handoffs. Migrate a library in and go forward (not go back).

Er. No, thanks. I don’t want my files (and edits to those files) being trapped inside the restrictions of a cloud service. This curmudgeon is sticking with Classic.