Along with Lightroom 2015.2 and Lightroom 6.2, there are major updates to the Lightroom mobile apps and Lightroom Web.
The iOS version has gone Freemium! You can now use the app on your iPad or iPhone absolutely free. Sync remains a CC-only feature, but LR mobile now allows you to capture photos, edit them using the familiar Lightroom tools and share them by email and social media. The difference is the photos and their edits aren’t synced back to the desktop unless you have a CC subscription.
There’s a camera now built into the app, so you can shoot and edit immediately, without having to switch apps.
Dehaze is now available in the iOS app, and it works really well on mobile photos.
There’s a new Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) for Color/B&W editing, just like the tool on the desktop.
The Collections panel has been updated for easier management of large numbers of collections, and there’s a new Lightroom Photos collection, like the All Photographs collection on the desktop.
There’s also a brilliant new iPad app called Adobe Photoshop Fix (different to Adobe Photoshop Mix!) which talks directly to Lightroom, adding destructive Photoshop editing tools.
The Android version is still lagging a little behind iOS development, but it’s rapidly catching up.
Tone Curve, Vignetting and Color (HSL)/B&W controls have been added to the control bar. Tap the icon on the left to view the additional options.
The Crop tool has also been updated.
There’s a new Lightroom Photos collection, like the All Photographs collection on the desktop.
Lightroom Web, which can be accessed at http://lightroom.adobe.com, has had massive changes.
There’s a new Welcome screen, with easy access to frequently used tools.
But the big news is a new Editing mode! Yes, you read that correctly – you can now edit your photos in a web browser and have the changes automatically (and non-destructively) synced back to your desktop catalog and mobile devices.
When you click the Edit button, the photo is downloaded to your browser and the Crop, Preset and Adjust panels appear on the right.
It works better on some browsers than others so far (try Chrome!) and it’s early days, but it has great potential for multi-computer workflows in future.
I’m just finishing up the changes to my desktop FAQ book, ready for the new Import dialog, and then I’ll be updating the Lightroom mobile book with the new mobile features. As before, these will be free updates for anyone who has already purchased.