Lightroom for Mobile needs to become a desktop-class app on iPad

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I now own an iPad that is every bit as fast as my late 2016 13" MacBook Pro - in some ways, MUCH faster. Somebody is going to create a great, professional photo management and processing app for iOS 11, and Adobe already has a subscription business model in place. However, the mobile apps are only being used as carrots to encourage subscriptions to Desktop apps - they need to become first class applications on their own merits now.

Lightroom for Mobile has made great strides in recent months, but it's still a LONG way from where it needs to be. It needs to be able to import from the Camera Roll, rename on import, apply keywords and other metadata, do perspective correction, and on and on. Most importantly, the processing workflow needs to become much more fluid - no more "tap on adjustment, tap on and move slider, scroll adjustment list, find next adjustment, tap on adjustment, tap on and move slider" - far too cumbersome. Take a look at Polarr for a much more fluid take on adjustments - nice large tap targets, drag diagonally within the tap target to increase/decrease effect. I was thinking of something similar before I saw how Polarr works, and I'm pretty happy with their take on it. Also, Lightroom should do whatever it can to keep from decreasing the size of photos during editing - photo aspect ratios will dictate some of this, but basically, the interface should do whatever it can to fit into blank space around image borders so that photos are always shown as large as possible.

Also, it goes without saying that Lightroom Mobile needs to be able to sync from an iOS device to a Mac/PC over USB/WiFi without forcing users to bounce everything through Adobe's servers. Again, that's a "carrot" being used to drive subs to the Desktop apps. For shoots of any size, syncing through Creative Cloud is just impractical and a waste of valuable time.

Please chime in with any other suggestions/comments.

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Rick Baumhauer

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