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The developers of the Lightroom companion app for iPad opted to build in their own raw-photo support to get better control, avoid Apple bugs, and support more cameras.
For Lightroom users who want to manage photos with an iPad, too, the overhauled Photosmith improves performance, stability, and photo import options, developers say.
Adobe still sells perpetual licenses for Lightroom for Mac and Windows. The new iPad adjunct, though, comes only with subscriptions costing at least $10 per month.
Photo apps are growing up on the iPad, and Photosmith is perhaps the most advanced of the bunch. It's a useful helper app for those who aren't lugging a laptop.
Bringing its technology for processing raw photos to mobile devices, then linking it with cloud services could be a step toward Lightroom on mobile.
An onstage demo reveals new maturity for Adobe's Image editing on the iPad. It's good timing, given how many new software rivals are bubbling up in the tablet market.