Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom mobile have been available for about 10 days now, and of course a few bugs have reared their ugly heads. Here are the solutions and temporary workarounds:
- If Lightroom says “Sign in failure. Please try again later. (attempt to index a nil value)”, click here to view the tech note or here to view the forum thread with screenshots.
- Photos deleted from Lightroom mobile show as synced in Lightroom – there’s more information in this tech note.
- Some users with current CC subscriptions were showing as trial mode, but that should now be fixed.
- Some Windows users (nothing to do with mobile) are seeing an Assertion Failed error message when starting Lightroom 5.4. There’s a solution in this tech note.
- Some Mac users are seeing Lightroom get stuck in Full Screen Preview mode if they quit Lightroom while using that view. While waiting for an official fix, press SHIFT+F after re-opening LR to get out of the loop.
Now back to the fun! Are you using Lightroom mobile on your iPad? If so, how is it fitting into your workflow so far? I’ve heard some interesting ideas:
Do you still have a backlog of photos you’ve haven’t finished sorting out yet? If you sync them all to Lightroom mobile and mark them for offline editing, you can make good use of odd 10 minute breaks to start reducing that backlog, even if you don’t have internet access.
FAMILY DAY OUT
You get back from a family day out and upload the photos to the desktop. Then you get THAT look – you’re not going to spend the whole evening on the computer looking through the photos, are you? No, certainly not, you’re going to sync them to your iPad, and by the time you’re sat down relaxing with the family, you can browse through them on your iPad.
You run into an old friend when you’re out, or perhaps a potential client, and want to show them that photo of… anything! Once you’ve synced your catalog of photos to the Lightroom Sync cloud, your whole portfolio will be at your fingertips, and will be automatically updated with any changes you’ve made since you first synced them. No more trying to remember to update your portfolio app.
You’ve had a relaxing day at the beach, and while everyone else is getting ready for dinner, you upload your photos and start sorting out the best ones. When you get home from the airport, you’re not faced with thousands of photos waiting to be sorted out because you’ve already done the initial edits. (This one only works well if you only shoot JPEG as Lightroom mobile can’t directly import raw files on the iPad version).
THE FAMILY SLIDESHOW
You’re not going to try to gather the family around the computer to show them your vacation photos, are you? Why not hook your iPad up to the TV using an HDMI adaptor or stream the photos to an AppleTV using AirPlay, and then you can watch your Lightroom slideshow on the big screen.
EDIT WITH A CLIENT
You’ve already edited a shoot on your desktop, and now you’re ready to show your client. Sync the photos to your iPad, and mark them for offline editing so you don’t have to
wait for them to load. Then you’re ready to sit down with your client and sort through the photos, marking their favorites with flags and rejecting others. They want to see a different crop? Not a problem, you can do it right there with them, and the edits are automatically synced back to the desktop ready for you to order the prints.