Adobe Sets Lightroom for iPhone, iPad Free from Creative Cloud

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Lightroom for the iPhone and iPad is a pretty powerful image editing app, but has always required a Creative Cloud subscription, and that you use the Mac version of the app, too. As of Thursday that changed because Adobe turned Lightroom for iOS into a truly stand-alone app that doesn't even require a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Previously, you could download and use Lightroom for iOS for free, but without Lightroom on the Mac and a CC subscription, it ran as a 30-day trial. Taking away those restrictions opens up Lightroom to a much wider audience.

Adobe also added new features like Target Adjustments in the Color and Black & White tools, a Dehaze filter, and in-app camera controls. Offering Lightroom to iPhone and iPad users without requiring a Creative Cloud subscription was a smart move because now Adobe can go head to head with Pixelmator, Snapseed, and other serious image editing apps.

You can download Lightroom for iOS at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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Adobe wants to own the creative tablet market, and taking away the Creative Cloud requirement for Lightroom is another example of that. Adobe was also a part of Apple's iPad Pro unveiling, has other creative apps for the iPhone and iPad, and sells its Ink and Slide stylus for the iPad. Adobe is playing for keeps.

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geoduck

First this is a clear sign that tablets aren’t just for consuming content anymore, despite what some may say. They are creation devices. Increasingly they will be where people go to draw, and write, and edit pictures and video.

Second, maybe this is a hint that the Creative Cloud (pay us every month or it should be bad if something happened to your pictures) extortion scheme might not be going over as well as they expected. We can hope.

BurmaYank

Did I misunderstand the information you presented here about a “free” Lightroom Mobile app?

When I just now installed the free Lightroom Mobile app on my iPad, why did it notify me that my “30 day trial period” had just begun?

Apparently, downloading that automatically registered me for a free Creative Cloud Suite 30-day trial (which I don’t want to register for), because after I completed my in-app registration, following downloading it from the app store, I received an email from Adobe congratulating me on signing up for a 30 day trial of the whole suite.

The Adobe help chat-line was unable to understand what I was asking about, with respect to a “free Lightroom Mobile app”, insisting that this app could only be downloaded after signing up for 30 day trial of the entire suite.

Is my downloaded “free Lightroom Mobile app”  actually only some kind of 30-day trial, after a

leeeoooooo

You do realize that you can sign up for a free Creative Cloud account. Works kinda like an Apple ID. I’ve signed into all of my iOS Adobe apps with it and they can store and share files with the minimal free storage that comes with it.

I first discovered this when I got Acrobat for my iPad and found that I could log in to save PDFs in their “Document Cloud” and in this way, share them across all of my devices.

BurmaYank

@leeeoooooo:
Thanks for the info - however, my concern about the free Creative Cloud account I’ve apparently created by registering my just-purchased app is that it is apparently going to expire in only 30 days, if I don’t buy some kind of Creative Cloud subscription.

This is not what I inferred from what this article said:

‘Lightroom for the iPhone and iPad is a pretty powerful image editing app, but has always required a Creative Cloud subscription, and that you use the Mac version of the app, too. As of Thursday that changed because Adobe turned Lightroom for iOS into a truly stand-alone app that doesn’t even require a Creative Cloud subscription.’

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