Today Adobe updated Lightroom to version 5.4 and released an all new Lightroom Mobile for Creative Cloud users on the iPad. Normally I get excited about the Lightroom updates for new features and expect some kind of new amazing technology Adobe usually adds in but this update is really just an update. Nothing amazingly new in the LIghtroom program except new lens & camera support but what they have done is added a terrific new tool to the mix, Lightroom Mobile.
Lightroom Mobile is a new free app available in the Apple App Store that links your computer catalog to the iPad via the Creative Cloud. This does mean you have to be a CC subscriber to use Lightroom Mobile. Along with the newly updated Lightroom 5.4 you can now process out Smart Previews from your home catalog and send them to the Creative Cloud then download them to your iPad and make the same edits you would on your desktop computer. This will be a great way to do some light work on your images while away from your desktop and you can even have them on your iPad so you can work on them offline when your away from a WiFi connection.
You will have to load the pictures you want to trasnfer in to a Collection but this is just another reason to use Collections if you aren't already. You can also use this new tool to show a client recent photos and have them mark the ones they like with a Pick Flag which will update the catalog on your main computer. There's going to be many ways yo can start using this tool and the videos Adobe has posted is just the beginning.
Watch Julianne Kost show you the basics of sharing & viewing your catalog with the new Lightroom Mobile.
Besides the great new Lightroom Mobile app there is some updates to Lightroom which they have not clearly explained. I think they we're too excited about the new Mobile app and fogot to tell us what's all new in Lighroom 5.4 in detail. I will tell you I see a lot of the same updates as the recently released Camera Raw 8.4 Release Candidate which included the new Camera Profiles for Fuji Cameras and support for new cameras.
Despite the lack of wow from the Lightroom update they did add a nice new update to the lineup at Adobe with Lightroom Mobile and I can't wait to start exploring this new tool.
Update: Adobe has now posted the new features and updates in Lightroom 5.4. You can read about them here.