Lightroom Mobile: Please let us start our workflow on the iPad (using JPGs/EyeFi)

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Lightroom Mobile: Please let us start our workflow on the iPad.

I am desperately hoping for Lightroom/Lightroom Mobile to support an iPad-first workflow. In a perfect world, I would travel with only my Camera and my iPad mini (retina). I would use my EyeFi card to transfer JPGs to the iPad as I shoot, import the JPGs into Lightroom where I could cull (and hopefully one day rate/keyword) images. Then, when I'm home in front of my workstation, I could upload and sync the RAW versions of the images that survived culling while keeping changes and meta-data.

Aperture 3 (which I used for a long time before switching) has a similar feature (sans iPad app) where you can do an initial import of JPGs, cull/rate/keyword and make basic changes to the images, then import the RAW versions of only the images that survived culling, which replace the JPGs but keep all edits and meta-data intact. This can save a ton of import time and disk space (esp. since only 10% - 25% of my images survive culling.)

Adobe is so close to having a truly useful, game-changing product with Lightroom Mobile. It seems like one tiny feature added to Lightroom (the ability to swap in RAW versions of the files and keep metadata and changes intact) would let us start our workflow on the iPad and leave our laptops at home!

Note: This topic was created from a reply on the Lightroom mobile: Ability to import raw files topic.
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MODERATORS: This post should not have been moved to this conversation. I'm not suggesting being able to import RAW files into the iPad. In fact, I'm against it. It makes no sense... Raw files are too big to be workable in a mobile application, and syncing them to the cloud would take far too long and use too mch data. My suggestion is to add the ability to Lightroom (not Lightroom Mobile) to be able to import RAW files that would replace existing jpgs while keeping changes and metadata intact.
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I didn't merge it, but I agree that's a different request. Since it's not possible to split threads, as far as I know, might I recommend creating a thread entitled something like "Lightroom mobile: automatically sync jpeg file from mobile with matching raw file on desktop".

And FWIW, you can do something very similar using the Syncomatic plugin in the meantime.
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Even if you can't edit RAW files directly on your iPad... they should just allow for an easy way to sync them back and reconnect them in the desktop... Right now everything you do on Mobile is worthless, you have to start all over again with the RAW files back in the desktop!

You should be able to just import your RAW files and they should reconnect to the edited JPEGs, with the develop settings from the mobile app. Without this, Lightroom mobile is just a too for people shooting only JPEGs.

I just got back form vacations and tried the mobile version for the first time, and I loved it, but I feel I'm losing something with only correcting Jpegs instead of RAW.