Lightroom Mobile iOS: Image too small when editing

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New workspace not good. Whats with the new Lightroom mobile app?

My tools window now take up 1/2 of the screen on my iPad Pro 10.5. It was much better before when it was down on the bottom and the tool bar disappeard to allow for the full screen image while doingedits. Not a good update!

It would also be nice if we had the option to export in more size options, instead of only 2048 and full res.

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Dave Pearce

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Agree, with all that, and yes, too much wasted space now. Then again, im more inclined to use LRM on my iPad in landscape mode so not quite as bad, but id still prefer to have the sliders at the bottom like it was before.
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Agree
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Rick Baumhauer

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Wholeheartedly agree - I can't believe 2.8 was actually released. The interface is a HUGE step backwards.
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Alexander Hugh Mitchell

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The old functionality was fantastic. This new design has gone backward. It is unintuitive, a poor use of space and poor design. Is there a way that i can roll back to the older version?
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Alexander Hugh Mitchell

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If anyone knows how to roll back to 2.7, please leave a reply. Pic flick and the old interface had become a cornerstone of my editing process and I can't go back to the antiquated design.
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I was trying to set the Black & White points with a two fingered touch. The histogram took up much of the top screen space. My two fingers on the slider took up much of the bottom of the space. So I could not see enough of the rest of the screen to find the Black & White points. Please take us back to the prior release (but leave the Adjustment Brush and the Apple Pen support.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New Image Editing Format Significantly Smaller Than Previous Version.

Well, I prefer the editing tools in a ribbon along the bottom. This way the image is as large as possible and, for me, easier to edit. Is this an option? If not, why didn't some ask ME what I thought about the new format before making the change?
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I completely agree because I'm already working on a smaller screen than I'd like to be (an ipad pro), so I want to be able to see as much of my picture as possible so I can better analyze the edits I'm making. It's so hard to gauge small details with this new update. For me it doesn't matter whether my screen is vertical or horizontal, both tilts are displaying my pictures at half my screen or less. Maybe some people prefer this, but I'd love to have the option to make the editing bar smaller (kind of like how you can in desktop), where I slide it to the side (ideally back to the size it was before). Thank you.
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Dave Pearce

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Cant you just edit at 100% or zoomed in? I’m with you on not liking the new layout but I’ve now got used to most of it and find it still just as usable most fo the time.
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I think we can expect more from Adobe. "Usable most of the time" is not an acceptable status quo. The prior implementation was useful ALL of the time. Another option is PS Express, an Adobe photoshop tool for mobile devices. If you havent tried it, it's pretty cool. Tools are still along the bottom of the screen.
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The prior version was rubbish when it came to using the masking brush ;-)
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Please put it back how it was, and bring back the presets there used to be as well. Surely an option to select what layout we want isn't to hard to do? There's so much wasted space like everyone has said
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Dave Pearce

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The pre-sets are still there unless you are talking about something else.
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Kostia Moskalenko

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Please change the layout to what it was before on the iPad. I do the majority of my post/correction on the iPad and now the image is considerably smaller. When working with a smaller screen, every inch counts and this update is killing LR for me.
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I've only just noticed a bunch of smaller, equally bad but less obvious issues. For example when you finishi changing the order of images in a set you have to counter intuitively press the 'back' button to get out of reorder mode. Considering that it has long become a standard that holding on an image or icon will cause the UI to make them 'jiggle' and allow you to rearrange, it's baffeling that you would choose such a counter productive method. What happened? How did Adobe drop the ball so bad?
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Hey Adobe Developers. I know your listening. Is it going to take an act of Congress to reverse this problem? No, that would really take too long. But this should have been fixed by now.
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I bought an iPad pro specifically for Lightroom so that I could edit my pictures while traveling.
The full screen editing was the MAIN reason for this. It made editing both fun, intuitive and fast.
PLEASE, PLEASE, bring it back. I can't understand why it was taken away!
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Totally agree with others on this. The other features with selective edits that have been added are most welcome (thank you) but why the full screen edit has been compromised in this way is a complete mystery.

At least if there was a way of dragging the panel sizes it would not be so bad - or better still, being able to select the tool/slider you want to use and then 'hiding' the tool bar in order to use the tool you've just selected and working full screen.. Zooming into 100% is not really a solution - The tool panel hogging such a large amount of screen real estate is simply bad design in my opinion and negates the new features that have been added, a very odd design decision Adobe. At least give us the option to resize or 'hide' the right hand tool panel. Thank you :)
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I went from using the mobile app on iPad nearly everyday, to having tried it twice since the update and not opening it since.

Using desktop exclusively now as the new mobile update is a substandard UX design and experience . Adobe seems to have put the C team on this update.
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I dont let it bother me now. The layout hasn’t stopped me using LRM any less, and the new features have made me use it even more than before. Yeah, its not perfect but nothing is. Still dont use it on my phone but my ipad gets used almost every day.
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As consumers why accept something that is a step backwards and sub-standard? I f we do so then the product makers are not compelled to change for the better. Not letting it bother you is fine, but the brand owner needs to understand consumer needs and concerns are not to be dismissed so easily...
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Step back only in the eyes of those that dont like it. I do now like it so where does that leave us?
You are not talking for everyone, and while i understand what you mean you need to be aware that not everyone will share your view so please, when you talk about the consumer make sure you include all of us.
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Yet your initial message seems to imply because it's "okay" for you...then what we the majority of users here who do not like it should then accept it? The starting tone of this thread is on the negative impact of the newest update to users.  I am a consumer and I am talking for those who dislike it... A suggestion maybe for you to start another thread on what people do like, so the brand owners can compare side by side?
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My initial reply was 2 months ago, do you not think it might change once i got used to the layout?
Ive also stated i use it almost every day, so it definitely works for some. Having the sliders easily accessible in one go, rather than having to open each one as it used to be has been a big time saver. Having less image space isn't ideal but the pro's that come with it are much better FOR ME.

I still think its ok, but not perfect, but i suspect if it was perfect for me it wouldn't be for everyone, so yeah, its 'ok'.

In life we have to accept a lot of things, its a case of take it or leave it. Can i ask what you use instead of LRM now?
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I work for software development and understand perception changes after some time using a new/updated product. This is not the case with this update. I have almost stopped using lightroom mobile in favor to other mobile apps (such as snapseed) and desktop versions, I am even considering stopping my subscription if I manage to integrate these other tools in my workflow.
Since I am not a pro, most of my workflow is mobile. I am not saying everything is wrong with the update, but three things they changed broke it.
One: not being able to see the full picture and the slider at the same time adds one extra tap (I usually have to go back and forward). I have an 8 inch tablet, you would say I'd appreciate having the picture full size; well, I don't, I need the full picture.
The other two things they broke in my opinion is having to change the menu on the top left to be able to rate/flag a picture or edit or show info. Again, extra taps, in this case with no benefits. Against all usability treaties.
Third thing I don't like the small and not precise sliders, though they look much better, they are more difficult to use. I never had issues with the previous ones.
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Hmmm, i get the full image and multiple sliders all at the same time. Maybe my iPad Pro works differently to your tablet, but i like this layout over the old one slider at the bottom of the screen layout. It’s much closer to the desktop version.
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Full image is very different from full screen though.
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Even on my 10.5" iPad Pro, the new interface reduces image size dramatically over the previous version, and I wrote to Adobe to let them know that interface took up too much screen real estate (little did I know what was coming!). On Sebastian's 8" tablet, he's probably getting down to phone-size previews.

I realize that the new interface mimics the desktop, and some may like that, but I strongly believe that, on small-screen devices, anything that keeps an interface on-screen when it isn't actively being used is a waste of space. You can only move one slider at a time, so there is no reason for there to be six on screen at once, let alone all the other interface panels under them.

It seems pretty clear that somebody at Adobe thought that bringing the desktop paradigm over to the mobile product was a good idea, but there are a lot of people who very strongly disagree with that, and I hope Adobe listens. As I've said before, the fact that Adobe is still bringing out wholesale interface changes this far into LR Mobile's life makes me think that they really don't understand the role the product is playing, which is pretty stunning.