Last May, Adobe showed off an early build of Lightroom for the iPad. This, Lightroom for the iPad showed up on Adobe’s website briefly as 9 To 5 Mac discovered. The price was $99 for a 1-year subscription.
Adobe featured the tagline “Take Lightroom anywhere” in conjunction with the product. Of course, the big feature photographers have been asking for is the ability to edit RAW files on an iPad. It looks like Adobe is ready to deliver on that wish.
Additional features may include the ability to sync Lightroom photos in the cloud, further expanding on Creative Cloud’s connected features. Think about that. You can make edits on your iPad while on a plane, then those edits are available on your desktop when you open Lightroom. If Adobe leverages Smart Previews with the already lightweight XMP files, then Lightroom for the iPad stands to be an amazing tool.
Of course, the big downer is the subscription model that will leave many folks in the dark as either unwilling or unable to take the plunge. Presumably, Lightroom for the iPad would be available as part of the complete Creative Cloud subscription for existing customers or as a standalone companion to Lightroom perpetual license users.
Given the presence of the product on Adobe’s website, expect official word to come soon.