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Nearly a year ago, Adobe’s Tom Hogarty showed off an unnamed prototype iPad app that brought pro-level photo editing and image manipulation capabilities to the Apple tablet. Then in January, the company let it slip that an iPad version of Lightroom was in the works.

Today that app has landed in the App Store as Adobe Lightroom for iPad. From afar, the software looks powerful, capable of editing RAW DSLR photos and more. But, as with many professional mobile tools, you’ll have to be a subscriber to Adobe’s Cloud service to use it…

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Here’s an overview of what the app can do:

Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad. Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DLSRs using powerful and familiar tools. Automatically sync all your mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop. Easily share all your photos to social media sites. With Adobe Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.

– Edit raw files from DSLR cameras using Smart Previews 
– Edit images from your iPad camera roll 
– Enhance images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets 
– Import photos from your iPad camera roll 
– Quickly Flag and Reject photos 
– Automatically syncs photo edits, metadata, and collection info with Lightroom 5 on your desktop and all your Lightroom-enabled devices

The app requires that you have an iPad running version iOS 7 or later—it doesn’t give any hardware requirements for the tablet, but we imagine it’d have to be fairly recent. And you’ll also need to be a subscriber to the Creative Cloud service and own Adobe Lightroom 5 for desktop.

And here’s a video walkthrough via tech reviewer Terry White:

If you meet all of the above criteria, you’ll definitely want to check out Adobe Lightroom for iPad. If you’re interested, it’s available in the App Store for free. It’s also worth noting that Adobe is offering a free 30-day trial for Creative Cloud, but after that it goes up to $19.99 per month.

  • KevinRajaram

    Interesting! But I have to say one thing….what an awful attempt at an app icon. They literally took the icon and slapped it in an icon template and called it a day.

    • Keshoa

      The Photoshop Express icon is even worse

    • You seem to be referring to the icon Cody used in the iDB post. This is the actual iPad icon, as indicated within 2mins of the video:

      • on3simpleclick

        No, they had a really bad icon on the AppStore. They updated it.

      • Oh, alright, didn’t know devs could make changes that fast (within 4 hours) their app…

  • Carlos Gomes

    Dat icon!

  • on3simpleclick

    Wow, that icon is beyond terrible. You’d think that a company full of graphic designers would be able to make a decent icon for their own mobile apps.

    • Uhm, you referring to iDB’s blog post icon or the one you saw in the video? The one in the video and at the app page (http://bit ly/1e8PoZM) is pretty good IMO…

      • on3simpleclick

        Nevermind. Apparently the updated the icon in the AppStore…

  • James Gunaca

    Wow. This is pretty incredible. I wish the editor here would have noted the cloud sync feature and how that works, that’s immediately what I thought of first and what makes this so much better than anything Apple offers via Aperture/iPhoto. The video does a good job explaining though.

    Apple has fallen so far behind. Since I subscribe to Photoshop Photography Program I might consider migrating my entire Aperture library to Lightroom just to use this. I keep holding out for Aperture 4/X but…nothing. After WWDC 14 if there is still no Aperture announcement, I’m migrating.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    I was about to defend the app icon until I saw they didn’t even made the square fit inside the apps dimension.

  • jack

    another one with the subscription scam

    • on3simpleclick

      For industry professionals who make a living using the Adobe Suite, as well as companies who purchase Adobe’s software in large volumes, a yearly subscription provides much more value than buying the upgrades when they are released. Subscription scam? No.

      • jack

        Sponsored by …?

  • Micah Coletti

    Creative Cloud starts at $9.99 per month, not $19.99.