Adobe Lightroom for iOS, iPadOS gets direct import, advanced export and more

11 Dec

Adobe has released its December updates for Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic, as well as Lightroom for Windows macOS, Android, ChromeOS, iOS and iPad OS. The updates aren’t dramatic for the desktop versions of software, but Lightroom for iOS and iPadOS do add a few very welcomed features.

Lightroom for iOS and iPadOS now has the ability to import images directly from memory card and external storage. Thanks to updates in iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2, Lightroom is now able to bypass the iOS camera roll and import Raw and JPEG photos into Lightroom using a Lightning or USB-C adapter, depending on the model of iPad you have.

The new direct import feature negates the need to duplicate files by first importing images into the iOS Camera Roll.

In addition to direct import, Lightroom for iOS and iPadOS now offers advanced exporting options. Released in November for Android and ChromeOS, iOS and iPadOS now have complete control over the format (DNG, JPEG, TIF), metadata, watermarking, file naming, output sharpening and color space information. While not everyone needs this level of control, having these options on the mobile version of Lightroom is a welcomed addition to bring it more in line with its desktop counterpart.

Adobe has also improved the shared albums feature in Lightroom for Windows, macOS, Android, ChromeOS and iOS. No, you can add photos to your shared albums from any platform you can access Lightroom on: web, desktop and mobile, even with the free version of Lightroom.

You can find more information about these updates on Adobe’s blog post. The updates should be available today in the Creative Cloud app for desktop versions of Lightroom and the respective app stores for the mobile versions of Lightroom.

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