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Adobe Lightroom update makes edits easier on desktop and iOS

Interface tweaks will boost productivity when your at your computer or editing on the go.
Billy Steele
December 8, 2016
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Adobe brought true RAW file edits to Lightroom mobile for iOS a while back and now the company is updating the interface to make photo tweaks easier while you're on the go. First, Adobe redesigned the edit view to make it friendlier for one-hand use. This includes a slider-based UI for making adjustments and putting the tools you use most often, like showing the before and after images, where you you can get at them quickly and with one hand.

Lightroom mobile for iOS also now displays the entire image while you're editing so you don't have to use a second hand to zoom out or move around a photo. Adobe also expanded the info section in the mobile app so you can add in details like titles, captions and copyright from your phone. Lastly, iOS users are now privy to the professional capture mode that arrived on Android this summer. That mode enables manual controls for Lightroom's in-app camera. The company says it spoke with Lightroom mobile users of all skill levels to assess what needed to be changed and this update to iOS version 2.6 is the first to include that feedback.

For Lightroom on the desktop, Adobe added a new Reference View to the Develop Module. This side-by-side look at photos should help when you're trying to make multiple files look visually consistent. For example, if you have a group of photos for your Christmas card and you want to make sure they all have a similar look, this feature will lend a hand there. Adobe says it also made some changes "under the hood" to improve overall performance for Lightroom.

Updates to both the iOS and desktop versions of Lightroom are now available for download via the App Store and the Creative Cloud app on your computer.

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