One thing Adobe didn’t make clear in its recent flurry of product announcements is that its Lightroom for iPad and iPhone apps are now available for anyone to use, free of charge. Both apps have always been free to download, but were time-limited free trials unless you had a desktop license or Creative Cloud subscription – and as TNW noticed, that’s no longer the case.
“We’re seeing a lot 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 …
Both apps were updated a few days ago, and clearly Adobe is hoping that people get sufficiently hooked on the mobile version to then lay out the bucks for the desktop app or a Creative Cloud subscription.
Lightroom for iPad and Lightroom for iPhone are free (and now unlimited) downloads from iTunes.
FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.
Just downloaded onto my iPhone 6S and its started a 30-day trial. How do I get it for free?
You can still accept the Creative Cloud trial if you choose to, you just don’t need to any more.
ah, so the trial is for all the Creative Cloud has to offer. Got it. Thanks!
For me it’s a trial, It says it on it when you open the app
I logged in and it also sends an email saying that it’s a trial.
Is there something to do to make it a full version for free? Don’t take offense but I’ve never known this company to give stuff away for free. I hope I’m wrong, I really like light room
According to Adobe’s blog at https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/10/adobe-announces-major-updates-to-photoshop-and-lightroom.html “Lightroom for mobile for iOS can now be used on your phone or tablet without a paid membership, coming soon to Android.”
Just got an email welcoming me to the trial. no CC needed. Refreshing!
If you use iCloud Photo Library, you can now use Lightroom on all your photos. This gets me thinking. I wonder if this is the way of the future. That the software becomes fully functional for free, and they will charge subscriptions for services, and the revenue from the subscriptions to those services will be enough to support the development of apps.
How exactly is a time-limited app even allowed on the store?
There are better apps for manipulating local photos on your iOS device. The biggest asset of LR on mobile is access to your desktop-based library and raw workflow – that feature will be missing after the 30 day trial.
What are your favourite editing apps, Bruno? I’m going to be comparing a few.
Not wanting to speak for Bruno, or anyone else here FTM, but these seem ‘nice’ (for a lack of a better word):
Hmmm, free Lr on my 5[s] seems to not recognize any of my raw photos in iCloud. Only the JPEGs from my phone. What you do import ignores any Photos & Photos extensions bas d the dits and reverts you tinge original.
ACDsee is my favorite because of its light and color equalizers. Overall it is a bit buggy and slow, but it helps me get to where I want easier than anyone else without having to manipulate curves.
And then snapseed because of everything else it can do.
I like Enlight and Pixelmator on iOS but will def grab lightroom now…..
Meh! Snapseed for me.
Lightroom is great for removing the fisheye effect from GoPro photos. Worth having just for this feature for me.