Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom for mobile on iOS now works without the desktop Lightroom companion app as a stand alone image editor, and is completely free for both the iPhone and the iPad (via TheNextWeb). Users no longer require a Creative Cloud Photography Plan subscription or even an Adobe ID to use the updated Photoshop Lightroom apps on iOS.
“We’re seeing alot of people come in first on Lightroom mobile, so now we’re allowing people to use it locally on their local assets, their local photos and videos on their phone and tablet for as long as they like,” Tom Hogarty, Adobe’s director of product management for digital imaging told TNW.
Adobe is apparently making the Lightroom app competitive with other popular standalone photo editing apps for iOS, by letting people use it without Creative Cloud. “More and more people are adopting the phone as their primary camera, taking the DSLR out less and less, and we’re seeing the same thing with the use of Lightroom”, Hogarty said. He explained that mobile users can now choose to participate in the trial of Creative Cloud Photography Plan or not, whereas in the past, just using the mobile version automatically activated the trial.
The updated version of Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone and iPad also adds a number of features, including a camera function that lets users shoot directly from the app, a new Target Adjustment Tool and the famous Dehaze filter from the desktop app, is now also present in mobile.
You can grab the free Lightroom apps at the following App Store links: