Lightroom: Will Lightroom mobile be made available for Windows 8 mobile devices like Surface?

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Tim Edlund

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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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If demand warrants, possibly. Right now, iOS has priority and after that Android. Surface would need to capture some significant market share to become a player.
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This is unfortunate, but understandable. I bought into Surface Pro early on, and I don't regret it - but I do worry a little about the lack of speed with which the app market (and adoption rate) is exhibiting.

I was in a lucky (and rare) situation when LR Mobile was released and I had the photography related funds in my account to go out that very morning and buy an iPad. I decided the best set of features/compromises for my need was the 64GB Mini Retina and got right to work in LRM. Sure, it's an early iteration of the software, but if Adobe treats it right and does a good job (relatively quickly) of integrating it with other mobile solutions (PS Touch) in the Cloud, I think it could be the beginning of a truly useful, professional mobile workflow.

My biggest itch right now (aside from Adobe repairing the PST cloud sync death spiral) is some sort of useful RAW functionality. My suggestion (and I hope it's in the works) is to implement a simple RAW to DNG Converter with the ability to bypass iOS Camera Roll (to prevent space wasting by duplicating files) and import directly into the local LRM library. After initial culling, cropping, etc one would fine tune the images that are significant in PST (cleaning up backgrounds, etc) and then sync the images that would be added to a collection for the cloud. Obviously any images intended for special purposes would be worked on a calibrated desktop machine, but this type mobile workflow is becoming more and more a necessity than just a fun gimmick.
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john beardsworth

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Won't real Lightroom run on the SurfacePro ?
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Vince

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It runs fine on the Surface Pro, but the touch interface is very kludgy at this point. The Mobile version is a much better integration of touch technology. I'd far rather use regular LR on my desktop or a laptop than the Surface Pro. At some point hopefully Adobe will both bake touch into full LR and add way more features to Mobile.
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I thought it was interesting they showed a touch version of photoshop at Microsoft surface reveal but not lightroom. I'd much rather have touch lightroom for in the field work. However having the digitizer stylus/pen for use in brushes in photoshop would be nice, but I prefer a beefier machine for photoshop because I'm usually working on huge panoramas
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Carol Jacobs-Carre

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Yoohoo! Surface is not the only Windows tablet out there! you sure are nearsighted. I can't believe this.
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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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Yeah, but Windows tablets are less than 5% of the market so don't hold your breath:
http://tablet-news.com/2015/04/27/win...
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Carol Jacobs-Carre

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Interesting, since I see that iOS is losing ground pretty fast too, and the Windows tablet market share is going up. But I never hold my breath. I would be dead by now if I did.
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Funny how adobe says ipad is the most important. but android as a lot more market share.
But why worry about the mobile version. When I can run the real version on my surface pro 3 and it works great.