Photoshop maker Adobe today released an update to its mobile Lightroom app for iPhone and iPad that takes advantage of support for external storage devices in iOS 13 and iPadOS to enable users to directly import images into the app, bypassing the camera roll.

Direct import

“Thanks to new capabilities added into iOS and iPadOS 13.2, you can import and bypass the iOS camera roll,” notes Adobe.

This means that you can now connect Apple’s Lightning to SD or a Lightning to USB 3.0 adapter to your iPhone, or a USB-C card reader to your iPad, and directly import raw files into the mobile Lightroom app without making an extra copy in your camera roll.

“Imports happen faster and don’t require the extra space taken up by having a duplicate copy placed in your camera roll,” adds the company. The direct import option makes it easy to edit full resolution photos using the exact same raw conversion and editing capabilities found in the desktop versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw.

Additional updates

Additional new features in this edition of Lightroom include advanced export options and improved shared albums across Lightroom for Windows, Mac, Android, ChromeOS and iOS.

The new export options bring complete control over your exports, including the ability to export multiple photos as original, DNG, JPEG or TIF files along with control over metadata, watermarking, file naming, output sharpening and color space.

The company also released today updates for Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic.

Aside from supporting the latest cameras and lenses, these updates include a bunch of improvements that are listed in Adobe’s blog post. And later this week, Windows customers will be able to purchase Lightroom directly through the Microsoft Store.

Download Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad from App Store.

Lightroom for macOS is available on Mac App Store.