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LR cloud and iPad pro

IanW

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With the release of ipadOS and the latest iPad Pro it seems possible for me to move all my photo work to an iPad.
I currently do everything I need on a first generation 12” iPad Pro but store copies of all my images on an iMac.
Now I could save copies of my images to external storage and thus I would not need my iMac.
What I am wondering is could I continue my Adobe subscription without my iMac ?
How would signing in/out work without a desktop version ?
What would be the situation with LR “phoning home” etc ?

regards Ian
 
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Your limits on the iPadPro is going to be internal storage. The mobile version of the Lightroom App is free with no subscription and NO access to the cloud. With the ability to write and read from an external disk, the iPad OS could conceivably run Lightroom and you (not Lightroom) could manage your local storage to keep an original copy of all of your images.
While in theory, this might work, I think there would eventually be serious file management issues that might make this solution less than desirable.


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IanW

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I only have about 300Gb of images all of them are in Adobe cloud. I have them on my iMac and an external drive at present.
I don’t foresee storage being a problem for me. What I’m interested in determining is if there are any difficulties in using LR on my iPad without a desktop version at all.
I would obviously continue my cloud subscription.

regards Ian
 

cianmcliam

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I've tried both ways and LR mobile on the iPad Pro works a lot better for me alongside LR Classic on the desktop. I don't see an easy way of adding keywords during import into LR mobile, LR will have to import the photos from external storage to the internal storage on the iPad (you can't store the catalog on a different drive like you can on Classic) there's no HDR or Panorama merge option in LR Mobile (although you could use Affinity Photo for this instead). I don't see a way of easily backing up if you are importing directly into LR Mobile, if you want to use iCloud then the photos have to be duplicated in both LR and your camera roll.

For me, the perfect workflow so far is to import everything into LR Classic and then edit smart previews on the iPad. You will notice a big difference in the app performance if you are used to editing smart previews on the iPad Pro then switch to editing the full resolution photos instead.
 
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